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Bees Need Diverse Landscape To Thrive

If you’ve ever complained about there being too many bees around, consider yourself lucky. Pollinators – such as bees, butterflies and bats – are responsible for the continued existence of more than 70 per cent of the world’s flowering plant population. But they are significantly decreasing in number. By carrying pollen from the male to

Early-Spring Delicacy Rich In Nutrition Too

“The fiddlehead’s total antioxidant activity is twice that of blueberries.” – DR. JOHN DELONG Fiddlehead greens, the young, tightly curled fronds of the indigenous wild ostrich fern (Matteucia struthiopteris), are a delectable spring vegetable and rite of the season. Fiddleheads as a food source have been well known to Canada’s First Nations for many years.


CIGI Receives Federal Investment

The federal government is investing $11 million into the Canadian International Grains Institute, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced May 14. “Today’s investment to the crops industry will support research and development of new, healthy foods for families across Canada and around the world,” said Minister Ritz. “When premium Italian pasta plants are making spaghetti, they

Cervid Industry Receives Federal Funding

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced an investment of over $1 million to the Canadian Cervid Alliance to help the cervid industry capture new market opportunities and respond to the growing consumer demand for full traceability in livestock and poultry. The Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIFSI) is funding two projects that will help producers

Government Delivers Energy Loans For Farmers

Canadian agriculture producers and agribusiness operators who are considering the use of renewable energy sources in their business will soon have a new financing option thanks to a new Energy Loan announced Feb. 22 by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Energy Loan is designed to assist producers and agribusiness owners who


Alternatives To Traditional Pesticides

Scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) have taken a “national team” approach to the development of biopesticides. A biopesticide is a biological agent, or micro-organism such as bacteria, used to control pesky insects, weeds and plant diseases in place of chemical pesticides. More than 20 AAFC scientists from coast to coast are co-ordinating steps

Potato centre rolls out new spuds

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Potato Research Centre (PRC) in Fredericton is offering 15 new promising potatoes to industry for further testing, AAFC announced Thursday. “Today’s release of these new and promising potatoes is a perfect way to mark the United Nations’ International Year of the Potato,” federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a government

New Canadian pear named “Harovin Sundown”

The votes are in and the winner is Harovin Sundown, the new name for the newest pear developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) scientists in the Niagara region and southwestern Ontario. Niagara area MP Dean Allison officially announced the new name Wednesday at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Conference. The government, he said, is