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CAQ taps businessman as Quebec’s new ag minister

Quebec’s new governing party has turned to one of its more experienced MNAs to handle the farm file. Premier Francois Legault on Thursday named Andre Lamontagne, a businessman and former supermarket owner and the MNA for the southwestern riding of Johnson, as his minister of agriculture, fisheries and food, and as minister responsible for the […] Read more

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Canola funds cover shorts, move to net long

CNS Canada — Speculators covered short positions in the ICE Futures canola market during the week ended Tuesday, moving from a net short position to a small net long position, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed money and other reportable speculators moved from […] Read more

Scotland identifies ‘classical’ BSE case

London | Reuters — Scotland’s government said on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) had been discovered on a farm in Aberdeenshire, the first in Britain since 2015. A quarantine area has been put in place around the farm while inspectors try to identify the origin of the disease. “I have activated […] Read more

Canada pushes for end to durum dispute

Agriculture Minister MacAulay pushes Italy to end barriers to Canadian durum imports

Regaining Canada’s traditional durum wheat export market to Italy requires a two-pronged approach — diplomacy and legal action through the World Trade Organization (WTO), says Cereals Canada president Cam Dahl. But Canada’s Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wouldn’t commit to the latter, when speaking to reporters from Rome Oct. 11, after the high-level Canadian delegation he […] Read more

MacAulay clarifies USMCA, wheat grading, dairy compensation

The minister also briefed reporters on his EU trade mission last week

American wheat entering a Canadian elevator will be graded like Canadian wheat under terms of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), says Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay. That means to be eligible for a Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) grade, wheat, whether grown in the U.S. or Canada, must be from a variety registered in Canada. […] Read more

Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Whether it’s close to home or across an ocean, fire hasn’t been far from the news this summer. This year has been average in terms of fire risk on the Prairies, says Mike Flannigan, professor of wildland fire and the director of the western partnership for wildland fire science at the University of Alberta. But[...]
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