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World News: Canada
Canada | 12 February 2016
Cage-free eggs have drawbacks says farm animal welfare expert

The push for cage-free eggs by fast food companies is not necessarily the best option, according to a farm animal welfare expert at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Michael Cockram at UPEI's Sir J...


Canada | 11 February 2016
Agriculture industry betting the farm on innovation to boost yields, profits

The family farm is going high-tech. From robotic milking machines to data-gathering drones, industry watchers say technology is making agriculture more precise and efficient as farmers push for inc...


Canada | 3 February 2016
Animal wearables, robotic milking machines help farmers care for cows

Wearable technology, like the under-performing Google Glass, might still be a tough sell for humans. But it seems to be catching on with farm animals. More accurately, farmers are embracing wearabl...


Canada | 2 February 2016
More than 80 dairy cows perish in Elgin County barn fire

Fire crews remained on scene into the evening at a large barn fire across from the old Ford factory on Sunset Drive in Elgin County. Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed that more than 80 dairy...


Canada | 27 January 2016
Cattle rustling on the rise amid high livestock prices

It’s not the Wild West but there are still low-down varmints stealing cattle and reaching into the pockets of ranchers in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Cattle rustling has been around for ages and pol...


Canada | 18 January 2016
B.C. veggie farmers hoping for boost from low Canadian dollar

B.C. farmers are hoping they'll be able to cash in as consumers look for options other than expensive imported produce. Nearly all fruits and vegetables consumed in Canada are imported making them...


Canada | 14 January 2016
Agriculture Canada researchers sow seeds for optimal beef cattle eats

A group of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers say they've come up with new blends of grass that could offer richer pastures for beef cattle. Scientists spent the past five years studying ...


Canada | 12 January 2016
Study finds Canadian farmers cutting emissions while producing more beef

Canada's cattle industry is producing more beef with less greenhouse gas emissions, says a new study. Researchers at the University of Manitoba and Agriculture Canada found a 15 per cent reduction ...


Canada | 8 January 2016
Pesticide studies must look beyond bees and crops, expert says

Studies on how neonicotinoid pesticides can affect bees need to be more broad, looking at the entire environment the insects live in and not just crops they pollinate, a University of Guelph professor...


Canada | 7 January 2016
Beef sector wants cattle producers to speak up

Beef Advocacy Canada says farmers are the best people to 
engage consumers because ‘no one knows the industry better’. Want to be an advocate for Canadian beef? There’s a program for that. Beef ...


Canada | 5 January 2016
Volatility plagued beef, live cattle markets

Most markets crave stability and predictability. But this year’s live cattle and beef markets in the U.S. have been anything but that. In fact, both have seen more volatility than for years. Much of t...


Canada | 22 December 2015
Saskatchewan tweaks law to set farmland off limits for pension plans

New rules for buying farmland in Saskatchewan, Canada's biggest wheat- and canola-growing province, will take effect Jan. 4, and toughen its ban on pension plans investing, the provincial government s...


Canada | 21 December 2015
Sask. government reports more cases of anthrax in livestock

The Saskatchewan government is reporting more cases of anthrax in livestock. Agriculture officials say the deadly bacteria was confirmed in a cow this week on a farm in the rural municipality of Ha...


Canada | 11 December 2015
Cattle butchered by beef bandits in eastern Alberta

RCMP are investigating following the discovery of two dead cattle on a rural property in eastern Alberta. Police believe the suspect or suspects came onto the property southeast of Monitor, Alta. o...


Canada | 4 December 2015
New agriculture, local food and co-ops in Ontario's North

The Bring Food Home Conference in Sudbury Ontario this November was an opportunity for hundreds of food, farm, fish and traditional foods practitioners and advocates from across the province to share ...


Canada | 1 December 2015
N.B. dairy farmers boost milk production due to high butter demand

New Brunswick's dairy farmers are boosting milk production to help meet growing demand for butter. "Consumers loving butter is beautiful to me," said Paul Gaunce, Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick ch...


Canada | 27 November 2015
Alberta farmers, ranchers lobby against farm safety bill

There is growing pushback in rural Alberta against the NDP government’s plan to include farm and ranch workers in safety and workplace legislation. A group called Farmers Against NDP Bill 6 has app...


Canada | 25 November 2015
Ontario farmland: threatened by urban sprawl

Southern Ontario is the most heavily populated area in Canada. The region is colloquially known as the “Golden Horseshoe”, the relatively prosperous area stretching from just east of Toronto, around t...


Canada | 4 November 2015
World farmers reap benefits of strong U.S. dollar

The effects of a strong U.S. dollar and resulting weaker domestic currencies are improving the bottom line for farmers in many parts of the world, according to a speaker at the Cereals of North Americ...


Canada | 23 October 2015
Dairy farmers must embrace opportunities

Canada's dairy industry can compete globally, but it certainly won't be easy, especially in light of the recent mega-transpacific partnership trade deal which has left many wondering whether our dairi...


Canada | 22 October 2015
Saskatchewan strengthens farmland laws

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has introduced amendments to Saskatchewan’s farm security legislation that will make pension plans and their administrators ineligible from owning farmland in the pro...


Canada | 21 October 2015
Canada reopens market to EU beef after long ban

Canada is reopening its market to beef exports from 19 EU member states, lifting a ban that was imposed in 1996 because of BSE "mad cow disease". The UK and Ireland are among the countries that can...


Canada | 15 October 2015
‘Absolutely shaken up’: Alberta’s agricultural community responds to farm tragedy

Alberta’s agricultural community is struggling to come to terms with the deaths of three young sisters smothered under canola seed near Withrow, Alta. “There are no words that can be expressed on t...


Canada | 14 October 2015
American farmland titan eyes Canada

One of America’s largest farm management and real estate brokerages has expanded into the Canadian Prairies — starting with Alberta. Through a joint partnership with Edmonton-based consulting firm ...


Canada | 12 October 2015
Ontario encourages students to consider careers in agriculture

Ontario politicians are taking steps to get more young people to consider careers in the province's agricultural and food sector, including some high-tech options. Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa...


Canada | 9 October 2015
Cattle rustlers steal only hind quarters from Okanagan ranch

Coldstream Ranch in the North Okanagan region of B.C. says someone is shooting cattle on their range land and cutting off the hindquarters for meat. Since September ranch hands have found three o...


Canada | 8 October 2015
Canadian farmers follow miners, stream crops for cash

Oct 7 Canadian canola farmers are tapping an alternative form of financing more often used by cash-hungry miners, turning a small Saskatchewan company into one of the country's biggest suppliers of th...


Canada | 7 October 2015
Canadian crops hurt by drought

Drought hurt crop production for Canadian wheat and canola this year, according to Statistics Canada’s latest Production of Principal Field Crops report released Friday, Oct. 2. However, declines were...


Canada | 6 October 2015
Canada's dairy cartel isn't going anywhere thanks to trade deal

In the midst of a tight three-way race, Canada's Conservative prime minister eked out a huge victory in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on Monday — managing to safeguard the country's highly p...


Canada | 6 October 2015
Guelph scientist learning to grow crops on Mars

On Thursday morning, Mike Dixon woke before dawn to harvest some corn. To pick it, he drove to the university campus, passed through a security perimeter, unlocked his lab, and eased open a massive hy...