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Ontario’s RMP rolling out ‘later than usual’

Details pending, Agricorp says

Ontario farmers’ coverage under the provincial Risk Management Program (RMP) won’t be affected by ‘a bit later’ rollout this spring, the program’s handlers say. Agricorp, the province’s farm program delivery agency, reiterated in a statement Tuesday that the RMP “will be available in 2021 (and) program details will be shared with customers as soon as



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Set-aside funded for Quebec hog, cattle, big game producers

Feds, province pledge $21.8 million AgriRecovery plan

Farmers tending feeder hogs, fed cattle and big game animals such as elk, red deer, bison and wild boar in Quebec can expect $21.8 million in AgriRecovery to compensate for COVID-19’s drag on the province’s slaughter capacity. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her Quebec counterpart Andre Lamontagne on Thursday announced their governments’ respective 60-40

“...if you own a dog, a companion animal, pets or livestock animals, all those species are protected on the Animal Care Act... ” Dr. Enoch Omololu.

Animal Care Act governs standards of care

Agriculture students learn of provincial oversight and investigations

When Dr. Enoch Omololu began to show case studies of animal abuse on Manitoba farms, he assured the University of Manitoba agriculture students he was showing them “middle of the road” cases. “These are not the very worst ones we’ve seen,” the provincial livestock animal welfare veterinarian said. Even so, the images in his presentation

“We want to have a consistent message and strategy across the west.” – Stephanie Criswell, Montana Invasive Species Council.

Pig fighters without borders

An international working group hopes to make the fight against wild pigs a consistent one

The fight against wild pigs will have a newly united front in Western Canada and the western United States, should recommendations published late last year by an international working group get their way. Manitoba is among the provinces and states to throw its weight behind the body, which launched last year in an effort to


Some areas of Western Canada might already be past the point where “pig free” is even possible, says a University of Saskatchewan researcher.

Losing the war with wild boar

Forget eradication. For some parts of Manitoba it’s now a containment game

It’s time to up our efforts in the battle against wild pigs, according to a leading voice in the field. Ryan Brook of the University of Saskatchewan has spent years studying the rise of the invasive species in Western Canada, and has also spent years raising the alarm. He has watched as sounders — the

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Manitoba farmland values higher again in 2020

FCC says, on average, this province's land prices rose 3.6 per cent versus 5.4 per cent nationally

Average Manitoba farmland prices were up 3.6 per cent in 2020, slightly below the Canadian average increase of 5.4 per cent Farm Credit Canada (FCC) announced in a news release Monday. A combination of low interest rates, which cut the cost of borrowing money to buy land, and higher farm cash receipts, especially for crops,

Editorial: Good times, great opportunities

It’s well documented that the pandemic has had an uneven effect on Canadian incomes and businesses. While some have suffered greatly due to the disruptions caused by lockdowns, others have experienced an unprecedented surge in spending ability, or alternatively, debt-reduction capacity, because of the limits on how and where they can spend money. Looking back,


Elanco Animal Health CEO Jeff Simmons speaks during an interview at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Sept. 20, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

Second activist investor buys into Elanco

Reuters — Hedge fund Starboard Value LP has taken a stake in Elanco Animal Health and nominated three directors to the animal healthcare company’s board, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The WSJ report did not mention the size of Starboard’s stake in Elanco, which makes treatments for pets

A report recommends the province’s department of agriculture prepare a response plan for livestock diseases

Province underprepared for animal disease, says auditor general

Commodity groups support the audit’s recommendations

Producer groups say they support the auditor general’s recommendations that the province do more to prepare for an animal disease outbreak, but say government staff are working hard to help. “They’ve been highly engaged and they’ve given everything that they can,” said Jenelle Hamblin of the province’s chief veterinary officer and Manitoba Agriculture staff. “I