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27 January 2015
Saskatchewan eyes tougher rules for buying farmland

Saskatchewan is likely to tighten what are already some of North America's strictest rules for purchasing farmland as the Western Canadian province looks to fend off big money managers hungry for what...


26 January 2015
Ontario waste blamed for tainted Ohio drinking water

America’s slime, Canada’s dirty little secret. Until now, that is. Toxic algae that's made life miserable along Lake Erie's Ohio shore, forcing the shutdown of Toledo's water intake last summer, ha...


15 January 2015
Beef prices not likely to drop any time soon

Increased beef prices at Maritime grocery stores are part of a larger, country-wide spike that’s not likely to change any time soon, but is good news for beef producers. Victor Oulton is one of mor...


17 December 2014
Dairy firm accused of polluting river

Environment Canada agents don't cry over spilled milk -- they prosecute. The venerable Cochrane's Dairy Ltd. and executive Barry Cochrane are standing trial on five Fisheries Act raps after federal...


4 December 2014
Why is the Canadian Wheat Board opposed to a farmer-led bid?

It takes a lot to get farmers out to meetings in the middle of harvest. But that's what happened across the Prairies this fall, when Farmers of North America (FNA) made a last-minute appeal in a bi...


2 December 2014
No changes to farmland ownership rules

The Saskatchewan government won't be tightening the rules on who can own farmland anytime soon, despite a study showing the rapid concentration of land in corporate hands. The current system, put i...


28 November 2014
Why Canada shouldn't open up its dairy market to New Zealand

New Zealand's high commissioner to Canada, Simon Tucker, was quoted recently as saying that he has been talking to Canadian dairy farmers, "and you do find a lot of them privately will talk that they ...


27 November 2014
Ontario's curbs on insecticide may protect bees but diminish crops

The Canadian province of Ontario's move to protect bees by reducing use of an insect-killing pesticide may diminish corn and soybean production, seed companies said on Wednesday. Beekeepers welcome...


17 November 2014
10 farmers who broke wheat board monopoly got clemency

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in 2012 that he had used an “ancient power” to clear the criminal records of prairie farmers convicted of illegally trucking their grain across the U.S. bo...


7 November 2014
Farmers want majority ownership of CWB

Farmers of North America (FNA) today responded to comments made by CWB in recent media reports. "It's unfortunate that rather than working together with the CWB to build the best farmer-based grain h...


6 November 2014
Grizzlies killing livestock prompt rancher to ask for help

An elk rancher near Calgary says he has lost twenty animals to grizzly bears in the past two years. Win Niebler says the province needs to commit more resources to solving the growing problem. N...


5 November 2014
Dumping on B.C. farmland called 'rampant' problem

To protect farmland, Donna Passmore has become a detective of sorts. Using social media, Google Earth and Craigslist, the White Rock woman keeps tabs on land where soil and rocks appear to be the m...


21 October 2014
Toxic dirt dumped in Ontario’s prime farmland

Toronto’s construction boom is unearthing massive volumes of soil contaminated with dangerous heavy metals and petroleum, but it’s nearly impossible to know where the dirt is going because Ontario doe...


14 October 2014
Exports to cut Canada's cattle herd to 22-year low

Canada's cattle herd is to fall below 12m head for the first time in more than 20 years, as record prices, spurred by demand from US feedlots, prompt farmers to take what some see as "the opportunity ...


2 October 2014
Valley farmland prices highest in Canada

The price of an acre of Fraser Valley farmland is about six times higher than in the rest of western Canada, according to a report from Re/Max. “Dairy farms in the Chilliwack-Fraser Valley sell for...


1 October 2014
Intense demand and short supply for Alberta farm land

Intense demand and short supply for farm land in Alberta has caused bidding wars similar to what Canada’s hot housing markets have experienced this year, says the RE/MAX Farm Report 2014. That has ...


1 October 2014
Is the small farmer doomed? Rising price of B.C. farmland

Coming off a bumper blueberry crop this summer, Chilliwack farmer Case Guliker continues to be swamped with work as he begins to harvest fields full of brussels sprouts. He is finding people in the...


1 October 2014
Drones give farmers bird's-eye view of fields

It used to be that if you wanted to keep an eye on your crops, you had to have boots on the ground. But now farmers are experimenting with drones watching over their fields. Tyler Burns saw many fa...


30 September 2014
Farmers will get tax credit for food donations

A new tax program which will help put locally grown food on the plates of those who need it, is good news for Ontario farmers and food banks, says advocate Chris Hatch. It will give farmers a tax c...


24 September 2014
Farmers keen to finish harvest as days grow shorter

Imagine a job where success or failure can hinge on something you have no control over. In Saskatchewan, that job is farming: an enterprise that thrives or withers depending on the weather. The 201...


23 September 2014
Farmers get that sinking feeling

Harvest this year for many farmers is more like a mud race than combining. Several areas in the province dealt with higher than average rainfall this summer, and harvest is behind the five-year-ave...


23 September 2014
Agriculture industry welcomes free trade deal with Korea

Canada agricultural industry said a new free-trade agreement with South Korea puts Canadian farmers on equal footing with other markets that deal with the burgeoning country. Prime Minister Stephen...


18 September 2014
Dairy is good for metabolic health, study finds

Dairy is good for metabolic health, according to a new study. In addition to benefiting metabolic health, a new study also indicates that dairy consumption can help to lower the risk of metabolic dise...


12 September 2014
Frost threatening already-delayed crops

Harvest is well behind the five-year average for this time of year and now early frost could pose a threat to some already-delayed crops. About 14 per cent of the provincial crop has now been combi...


11 September 2014
Alberta snow bad news for farm crops ahead of harvest

The snowstorm that blanketed southern Alberta over the last days has flattened crops just as farmers were getting ready to harvest them. Ken Friesz, who farms about 2,000 hectares near Indus east o...


10 September 2014
Low interest rates drive farmland prices

Farmland prices are red-hot growth areas in Southwestern Ontario, despite lacklustre grain prices that make farmers’ profit margins even tighter. “I know of a farm that’s sold three times the last ...


12 August 2014
Alberta farmers assess damages in aftermath of hailstorms

By the height of last Thursday’s storm, when the hailstones pummeling her farm were the size of tennis balls, Elna Edgar knew she should brace for the worst. Four days later, you can still hear the...


8 August 2014
Farmers cry foul over child labour investigation

The owners of a farm in east-central Saskatchewan say they're shocked they are being investigated by the province after it received a complaint about minors working in the family's processing business...


5 August 2014
Farmers played up impact of BC carbon tax, says report

British Columbia's carbon tax does not appear to have had a measurable impact on international agricultural trade, according to new analysis commissioned by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions...


29 July 2014
Canada's surreal milk market

The battle over 3L packages of milk reads like a parody of Canada’s costly and stifling penchant for over-regulation and ill-considered protection of domestic lobbies. One might think that the size...