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Inoculants to encourage pulse crops to nodulate are a familiar form of biological product.

Biologicals in agriculture: what’s old is new (and improved)

Farmers have a centuries-long tradition of using biologicals whether they called it that or not

The term ‘agricultural biologicals’ conjures up images of white lab coats and test tubes. But the practice itself — deriving benefits from naturally occurring micro-organisms — predates the scientific method itself. Centuries ago, long before they knew anything about rhizobia or nitrogen fixing, farmers were reaping the benefits of the process by rotating legumes in


Taiwan lawmakers approve imports of additive-fed U.S. pork

Taiwan’s parliament has approved measures that pave the way for imports of U.S. pork containing a leanness-enhancing additive, despite objections by the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party which says the move is a health risk. President Tsai Ing-wen’s decision in August to permit imports of U.S. pork containing ractopamine, banned in the European Union and

Erin Armstrong is interim executive director of the Barley Council of Canada.

Foray into ag opened opportunities unknown

Faces of Ag: Know what you want in a career — and what you don’t want, Erin Armstrong told the Advancing Women in Ag conference

As she approached university, Erin Armstrong thought agriculture had very little to do with her. “I’m not a farmer,” she told a farming friend who encouraged her to study agriculture. She said something similar to a biology teacher who said the field might have a place for her — a young woman looking to go

It was a year for the history books, indeed, and certainly filled with major food-related stories.

Comment: The top 10 food stories of 2020

It was an action-packed 12 months for the agriculture and food sector

The year 2020 was as unusual as they get, with no shortage of stories. Some flew under the radar because of the pandemic, but this list is based on how some food-related stories will probably have long-term implications, whether they were related to COVID-19 or not. At number 10, the apparent end of Tim Hortons’


Commodity groups push provinces on AgriStability

Year-end virtual town hall sees call for quick adoption of policies to accept AgriStability changes

Leaders of several leading Canadian producer groups called on provincial governments to accept Ottawa’s proposal to improve business risk management (BRM) programs. During an end-of-year virtual town hall meeting, Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Mary Robinson said federal Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau’s proposal to fix AgriStability, a leading irritant of the BRMs, “represents a

Doug Chorney is the Canadian Grain Commission’s new chief commissioner. He was appointed assistant chief commissioner in 2017 and had been acting chief since June.

Praise for Canadian Grain Commission staff during pandemic

Doug Chorney used his family history to underscore the importance of hope in these tough times

Hope is a powerful state of mind, important now as ever. That’s the message Doug Chorney delivered to Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) staff in a speech Dec. 17. At the time he was the CGC’s acting chief commissioner; Dec. 21 he was appointed chief. “In 1903 my grandfather came to Canada from Poland as a

Comment: Stepping up to help Prairie farmers

Provinces need to do their part to fund improvements to AgriStability

Farmers face many risks these days – the impacts of a global pandemic on the supply chain, the trend towards protectionism in trade, and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, to name a few. Solutions on how to deal with those risks vary considerably, depending on who you ask. As the prime minister’s special


Taxes and food rarely mix well together. If it doesn’t hurt those who provide us with food, it will eventually hit consumers, one way or another.

Comment: Households are getting sandwiched

Many Canadians are stuck between rising food prices and stagnant-at-best wages

Canada’s Food Price Report 2021 was released recently and brought some disconcerting news to Canadians. We could see food prices go up by as much as five per cent in 2021, the highest increase ever predicted by the authors, a group of 24 scholars from four different universities. For a family of four, the food bill could go

Opportunities for plant proteins await

Plant proteins have a big role to play as Canada positions itself for the future of agri-food

There’s a market out there for the taking for Prairie producers. That was the message Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada shared with the Farm Forum Event earlier this winter. He told the virtual event that agriculture in Western Canada has a lot going for it — innovative producers, a supportive research and development