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Extra funds, orders help B.C. ALC clear backlog

British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Commission credits new funding, and a new regime of performance measures, with helping it to clear its backlog of applications. The ALC, the tribunal overseeing provincial measures to conserve farmland and enable farming-related land use, recently announced it has “eliminated” a backlog of 185 applications — and has processed over 90 […] Read more

Canada Bread to shut Beauce-region bakery

Baked goods firm Canada Bread Co. plans to shut a pantry bread bakery in Quebec’s Beauce region and shift a nearby plant’s bread roll production to a third site in the province. The company, an arm of Mexican bakery firm Grupo Bimbo since 2014, announced Tuesday it will close its bakery at St-Come-Liniere, about 110 […] Read more



Mexico eyes Brazil farm products as hedge on Trump threat

Brasilia | Reuters — Amid trade tensions with the U.S., Mexico plans to send a delegation next month to visit Brazilian corn, beef, chicken and soy producers as an alternative to U.S. suppliers, its representative in Brazil said on Friday. Mexican charge d’affaires Eleazar Velasco said Brazil is uniquely positioned to expand agricultural commodity sales […] Read more


New Brunswick, Nova Scotia impose spring weights

Spring weight limits on trucks and other vehicles are coming into effect on certain roads in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Nova Scotia transportation department on Thursday announced a maximum weight of 15 tonnes on gravel roads starting at noon Friday (Feb. 24) “until further notice.” “Unseasonably warm weather is softening gravel roads to […] Read more



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U.S. ag sector seeks opportunities in face of challenges

CNS Canada — With shrinking farm income and a rising debt-to-asset ratio, the U.S. agriculture industry’s leaders are eyeing opportunities that could help it return to a point of profitability. U.S. net farm income is forecast to decline in 2017, with projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showing an 8.7 per cent drop, bringing […] Read more

Delayed planting on Prairies could reduce corn acres

CNS Canada — Record yields for Manitoba corn last year have raised the attractiveness of the commodity for many growers. However, the chances for a delayed spring this year could dampen that enthusiasm, according to one industry watcher. “If we get into a delayed planting situation we may see producers switch their corn acres into […] Read more


Between the Rows: Consolidations, composites, canola

Have farm commodity groups in Canada got enough common ground to consider not only collaborating, but merging? On the latest episode of Glacier FarmMedia’s new weekly podcast, Between The Rows, host and Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour speaks with Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson coming out of the recent CropConnect conference, on the potential for producer […] Read more