News from Canada

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...
30-04-2014 03:06 AM
Canadian farmers stuck with last harvest scramble to plant next
Western Canadian farmers still stuck with last year's harvest are turning to the government for credit help in record numbers, and insiders fear probl...
22-04-2014 01:47 AM
Is farmland the next Canadian bubble?
Since I originally hail from rural Alberta, I’ve met quite a few farmers. And as I’ve talked to them over the years, I get one overwhelming impression...
17-04-2014 00:46 AM
Value of farmland in Ontario goes up again
There has been another healthy increase in the value of Ontario farmland. Farm Credit Canada's "Farmland Values Report" says the average value of f...
15-04-2014 01:23 AM
Rising farmland values
Farm Credit Canada reports Saskatchewan recorded the largest increase at 28.5 per cent last year. Most of that was during the first half of 2013 be...
08-04-2014 02:44 AM
Manitoba farmers' co-op demands changes to food sales rules
A Manitoba farmers' co-operative says the provincial government needs to get with the times and allow producers like them to sell local eggs, poultry,...
28-03-2014 02:24 AM
Canadian farmers load US-bound grain trucks to beat backlog
Truckloads of Canadian canola and wheat are flowing briskly into U.S. crushing plants and elevators, as Canada's farmers seek to get round an unpreced...
24-03-2014 01:48 AM
Barn fire kills horses, cattle, chickens in rural south Ottawa
A major fire in Ottawa’s rural south end has reignited after killing five cows, three horses and a “number of chickens” and destroying one barn, fire ...
10-03-2014 01:51 AM
Couple want answers after livestock shot
A rural Saskatchewan farmer is hoping to find those responsible for killing his livestock. Kelly Meyer was celebrating his 55th birthday on Friday,...
06-03-2014 01:22 AM
Banks urged to be flexible with farmers
Saskatchewan’s agriculture minister wants financial institutions to cut farmers some slack because of a grain transportation backlog. Lyle Stewart ...
04-03-2014 03:37 AM
Farmland values skyrocketing in southern Ontario
Underneath all the snow we've seen is a goldmine, considering the skyrocketing price of farmland. Rural Ontario is going through an unprecedented b...
27-02-2014 05:02 AM
Cost of ending dairy quotas much smaller than expected
Compensating dairy farmers for scrapping the supply management regime would cost a fraction of the oft-cited estimate of $20-billion-plus, according t...
13-02-2014 02:32 AM
Cattle farmers hope insurance plan will spread east
A new livestock insurance program announced in Tuesday's federal budget will only apply to western farmers, but a group representing cattle producers ...
07-02-2014 01:18 AM
Canadian dairy producer Saputo eyeing further buys
Canada's largest dairy producer Saputo Inc , which recently won control of Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company, is hungry f...
07-02-2014 01:11 AM
Statistic Canada confirms huge grain and oilseed crops
Canada’s grain and oilseed stocks are significantly higher than they were last year and that’s posing challenges for farmers and the railways. Stat...
04-02-2014 02:29 AM
More than a dozen dead cattle found on farm, SPCA investigating
More than a dozen dead cattle were found scattered across a rural property near Killam last week, and the farmer who owns the property describes it as...
28-01-2014 08:44 AM
Potato pest causes $6M in lost crops
A pest that caused $6 million in damage to P.E.I. potato crops last year is spreading. The wireworm is a type of click beetle. It used to be found ...
28-01-2014 08:39 AM
Port congestion shrinks Canada wheat crop
Canada is forecasting a much smaller wheat crop next season because it can't move last season's harvest. A record 37.5 million tonnes was harvested...
22-01-2014 01:41 AM
Farmers frustrated as grain stuck in railway bottleneck
Alberta farmers are getting increasingly frustrated with a transport bottleneck that is preventing them from getting last year's bumper crop to market...
20-01-2014 00:32 AM
Brazen bovine still without a home
The cow is now in foster care at a private farm in Coquitlam as it waits for its owners to claim it. RCMP say the next step is to contact Agriculture ...
14-01-2014 02:03 AM
Blumenort fire destroys 39 livestock trucks
One of North America’s largest livestock haulers lost one third of its trucks in a massive fire on Saturday in Blumenort. Steve’s Livestock Transpo...
02-01-2014 15:13 PM
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Canada facing challenges in 2014
If Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz could have one wish come true in 2014, it would probably be to somehow squeeze politics out of farming and trade. ...
23-12-2013 10:31 AM
Power outage in Oshawa endangers 300 cattle
Three hundred cattle in Oshawa remain in serious danger after power outages have left their owner unable to feed them for more than 16 hours. Gordo...
17-12-2013 11:09 AM
Most of local farmer’s Canadian Wheat Board class action rejected
A local farmer and three co-plaintiffs have had nearly all of their claims in a class action suit over the 2012 end of the Canadian Wheat Board monopo...
16-12-2013 10:22 AM
As the dairy industry goes global, Canada is being left behind
Canadian dairy giant Saputo Inc. has been clear about why it wants to buy a much smaller Australian dairy. It’s not just about selling milk and che...
12-11-2013 04:08 AM
Farmers say bumper crop not reaching market on time
Across the Prairies grain bins and elevators are stuffed to capacity, but farmers say any extra profit from their bumper crop is being eaten away beca...
06-11-2013 03:05 AM
Young people expressing an increased interest in farming
Southwestern Ontario is a prosperous agricultural region, but one that is changing rapidly. Farmers across the region and across the country are ge...
29-10-2013 03:13 AM
Potato farmers expect good crop and decent prices
P.E.I. potato farmers are wrapping up their harvest, and are expecting good results. The harvest is about a week ahead of schedule due to the good ...
24-10-2013 03:33 AM
Disease insurance offered for poultry producers
Insurance broker Hub International Limited says it will offer Poultry Disease Insurance to protect Canadian chicken and turkey farmers against loss du...