News from Canada

17-12-2014 09:42 AM
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 stand...
04-12-2014 00:25 AM
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 Nor...
02-12-2014 00:50 AM
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 lan...
28-11-2014 00:50 AM
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...
27-11-2014 00:18 AM
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 ...
17-11-2014 00:43 AM
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...
07-11-2014 01:32 AM
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 w...
06-11-2014 00:07 AM
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 m...
05-11-2014 00:28 AM
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 ta...
21-10-2014 01:22 AM
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 t...
14-10-2014 01:17 AM
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 ...
02-10-2014 01:55 AM
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. “Da...
01-10-2014 03:16 AM
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 ye...
01-10-2014 03:07 AM
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 o...
01-10-2014 02:59 AM
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 watc...
30-09-2014 03:01 AM
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 adv...
24-09-2014 02:04 AM
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 thriv...
23-09-2014 02:33 AM
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 th...
23-09-2014 02:22 AM
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...
18-09-2014 01:27 AM
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 consum...
12-09-2014 04:50 AM
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 ...
11-09-2014 02:17 AM
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...
10-09-2014 02:39 AM
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. “...
12-08-2014 02:58 AM
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...
08-08-2014 01:37 AM
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 ...
05-08-2014 11:15 AM
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 commissio...
29-07-2014 00:23 AM
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 ...
29-07-2014 00:22 AM
Curbing air pollution could help crops thrive
Controlling air pollution could help curb projected declines in global food supplies, a new study says, suggesting policymakers should consider both c...
25-07-2014 10:54 AM
Consumers have dim view of agriculture
The country’s agriculture ministers had good things to say about the industry last week, but a report released this spring shows consumers aren’t as c...
15-07-2014 10:02 AM
Northumberland Dairy plans to sell to Quebec company
Northumberland Co-operative Limited plans to sell its dairy and food service assets, including its Miramichi plant. The company. which touts itself...
14-07-2014 08:46 AM
A new approach is needed to curb the loss of farmland
It's rare to hear much optimism about farmland preservation in Ontario. Even with such high-profile measures at the Greenbelt in place, we're still...
11-07-2014 09:07 AM
Nearly 3 million acres of farmland were flooded in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Agriculture says early estimates suggest between two million and three million acres of farmland were flooded in last week’s downpour and...
11-07-2014 08:52 AM
Beef prices take a leap
Quick, toss another burger on the barbecue before beef prices jump again. Nova Scotia beef producers are scrambling to meet demand, and consumers a...
09-07-2014 09:57 AM
Empire to sell four Sobeys dairy plants for $356 million
Empire Co Ltd (EMPa.TO), the operator of Canadian grocery chain Sobeys Inc [SOBEF.UL] said it will sell its dairy manufacturing plants in Western Cana...
09-07-2014 09:55 AM
Storm Arthur takes bite out of New Brunswick crops
Farmers in New Brunswick are assessing their crops after the pounding they took during post-tropical storm Arthur over the weekend. Chris Hunter sa...
09-07-2014 09:53 AM
Canada flooding kills Canola crop as cash prices set to rise
Blake Duchek’s farm in Saskatchewan was pummeled with as much as 11 inches (28 centimeters) of rain in the span of three days last month, killing crop...
27-06-2014 14:34 PM
MPs head home for summer, but agriculture issues remain hot
The politicians have been sent home to their ridings, their desks in the House of Commons have been cleaned out and preparations are well underway for...
24-06-2014 03:47 AM
Alberta cattle owner sheepish that heifer heist turns out to be clerical error
The case of the missing heifers in Alberta turned out to be just a clerical error. A few weeks ago, Alberta RCMP Livestock Investigation Unit said ...
19-06-2014 01:16 AM
Nuisance deer have some Nova Scotia farmers fed up
Nova Scotia farmers who are fed up with deer eating their crops say they want the province to help them find a solution. Jim Burrows, the owner of ...
18-06-2014 02:15 AM
Chilliwack Cattle Sales milk to be destroyed
Milk from Chilliwack Cattle Sales, the B.C. dairy farm at the centre of an animal abuse scandal, will be destroyed as a result of pressure from milk p...
18-06-2014 02:13 AM
Beef farmers happy with high cattle prices
There is a general feeling of optimism among beef producers as prices for some cattle again reached record highs Tuesday at the Keady Livestock Market...
16-06-2014 02:31 AM
Chilliwack Cattle Sales boycott threatened over animal abuse video
More than 90,000 people have signed an online petition calling for dairy companies to take action after disturbing video surfaced showing workers abus...
13-06-2014 04:20 AM
$80k in cattle stolen from Alberta ranch, say RCMP
Mounties are asking for the public's help to track down 59 heifers stolen from a property in east-central Alberta. The Alberta RCMP Livestock Inve...
12-06-2014 01:26 AM
Canada's largest dairy farm suspends 8 employees
The co-owner of Canada’s largest dairy has confirmed that eight employees have been suspended, after animal rights campaigners released a video showin...
20-05-2014 01:12 AM
Great year for cattle farmers means higher prices for consumers
As cattle markets across North America continue to set new price records, things are certainly looking up for Alberta beef producers. However, cust...
19-05-2014 07:39 AM
Despite being at ‘peak farm,’ land is getting less protection
As the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, Dr. Lenore Newman tries to look into the future....
13-05-2014 01:46 AM
Canadian farmers invest in robots to work 'smarter, not harder'
Dairy farmers Gerhard and Heather Ritzema used to be tied to routine. They would milk their cows three times a day, every day, often starting before b...
06-05-2014 00:16 AM
BMO gives grain farmers a break
As grain farmers begin seeding their fields, a new report from Statistics Canada highlights the squeeze they face – paying for this year’s supplies wh...
02-05-2014 02:21 AM
Valley poultry barn fire ruled accidental
A fire that destroyed a large poultry barn in Waterville, Kings County, last weekend, killing thousands of chickens, has been ruled accidental. The...
01-05-2014 00:59 AM
B.C. farmland looks like a good investment in the face of drought and food shortages
In waterlogged B.C., particularly in spring, international headlines about drought and food shortages seem far-fetched and far away. But to real es...