Food industry lobbying spikes amid GMO fight-report — July 29, 2014


U.S. food companies spent almost as much lobbying Congress in the first quarter of 2014 as they did in the full year in 2013, a sign the industry may have intensified its fight against state labelling requirements for genetically engineered foods, according to a report released Tuesday. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with companies […]

U.S. proposes allowing more pork imports from Mexican states — July 29, 2014


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in regulations that would relax restrictions on pork imports from certain areas of Mexico, potentially allowing for increased U.S. imports at a time of a supply shortage. The proposal would permit pork to be imported from certain parts of Mexico defined as having a […]

Grain groups urge USDA to restore inspections at Washington port — July 29, 2014


A coalition of U.S. grain groups has urged the Department of Agriculture to immediately restore official grain inspection services at the Port of Vancouver, Washington, which is involved in a long-running labor dispute. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the 22 national, regional and state organizations said disruptions at the port “put at […]

Brazil cattle herd to grow two per cent this year — July 29, 2014


sao paulo Brazil, home of the world’s largest commercial cattle herd, will likely grow its stock by two per cent this year from 2013, reaching a record 198.7 million head, according to a report sponsored by analysts Informa Economics FNP. The increase is due to better management and more investment in maintaining pastures, according to […]

Leadership needed in agri-food policy

During the last year or so, the agri-food industry has been the subject of enough reports on its economic potential and scope for improvement to fill a respectable bookshelf. Whether from academics, researchers, think-tanks or politicians, the documents focus on virtually all the major issues. Now to keep these tomes from gathering dust. The latest […]

Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pest — July 28, 2014


Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday. Producers want four major manufacturers of so-called BT corn seeds to reimburse them for the cost of spraying up to three coats of pesticides this year, said Ricardo […]

Southern Manitoba canola growth more varied than usual – scouts — July 28, 2014


Canola crops in southern Manitoba are growing at a wider range of stages than usual, with many behind their normal development stage, scouts touring the fertile western Prairies found on Monday. Some canola was just beginning to flower, while other crops were in full bloom, canola’s critical development period. Other fields of canola in south-central […]

UAV demonstration at the 2014 Crop Diagnostic School.

VIDEO: Drone flies up, up and away

2014 Crop Diagnostic School demonstrated flying a UAV

Rejean Picard, a farm production advisor with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during the Crop Diagnostic School at the University of Manitoba’s Carman facility July 17, 2014. UAV’s hold a lot of potential for scouting crops. The video begins with Picard explaining how to power up the UAV. […]


Beef producers: reading this will lower your blood pressure

As long as you’re not producing well-marbled carcasses

Penn State University researchers say that contrary to conventional wisdom, a growing body of evidence shows that eating lean beef can reduce risk factors for heart disease. “This research adds to the significant evidence, including work previously done in our lab, that supports lean beef’s role in a heart-healthy diet,” Penny M. Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor […]

Maple Leaf’s Brandon plant is operating at 75 per cent capacity due to shortages of hogs and workers.

Double trouble for Maple Leaf

Pigs and people to 
process them are in 
short supply

Getting more pigs and people to process them into Maple Leaf Foods’ hog-killing plant in Brandon isn’t as simple as putting more dollars on the table, said the plant’s Morgan Curran-Blaney. “There’s not enough (pigs) so you end up stealing from somebody else,” Curran-Blaney told reporters July 10 after speaking at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ […]