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Online bovine export permits set to launch nationwide

A handful of Manitoba producers got a taste of the CFIA’s online export paperwork over the last few months. Now, the agency says it’s ready to expand

Manitoba producers with cattle or bison headed to the U.S. have been able to get export permits online for months. As of June, 1, so will everyone else. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says it is ready to expand its My CFIA web portal for live bovine export to all ports between the U.S.

Canada’s pork sector has been hard hit by processing bottlenecks and market free fall due to COVID-19.

Pork sector temporarily halting ractopamine-free program audits

The pork sector says temporarily postponing ractopamine audits is small potatoes, compared to the other stresses facing its industry

Audits to check against the use of the feed additive ractopamine are the latest casualty of COVID-19. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said May 20 that third-party audits under the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program may be postponed. Facilities with audits between March and the end of May are impacted, the agency said. Why it matters: Ractopamine was


A field in the Interlake, May 23. Some fields in Manitoba are in need of rain while others have been so wet they've sunk equipment up to the axles in mud.

A tale of two springs

This spring has created a sharp divide with some producers wrapping up, while others have been stuck

Growers would greet a rainfall very differently right now, depending on where they are in the province. For producers in the southeast and the eastern stretches of central Manitoba, rain is probably a welcome sight with crops in the ground and little precipitation so far this spring. Others, who have watched equipment sink down to

The CFIA says that the exemption would help ease any meat shortages that emerge because of the ongoing pandemic.

Interprovincial meat exemption raises questions

Manitoba ag minister says questions remain on interprovincial exemption for trade of provincially inspected meat

Provincial meat plants may be able to temporarily do business across provincial lines thanks to a temporary exemption, but Manitoba officials argue that the federal measure doesn’t go far enough and details are scarce. Why it matters: Manitoba’s agriculture minister is pushing for regulations on interprovincial trade to be generally relaxed, and not just during

A few rye fields may have struggled to break through cement-like seed beds, thanks to wet planting in 2019 and dry weather this spring opening up furrows and hardening sidewalls.

Fall rye falling flat

Fall rye growers celebrated their emergence rates earlier this spring, but now a number of them say they are fighting ‘floppy rye syndrome’

Provincial cereal experts say the weather may be to blame for rooting problems producers are now seeing in fall rye. Initial reports this spring suggested that winter cereals were off to a good start, thanks to a comparatively mild winter. In April, agronomist Ken Gross from the Western Winter Wheat Initiative said crops last fall


All three Prairie provinces have now said they will be drawing on AgriRecovery.

Manitoba to join in on AgriRecovery program

Manitoba will join the other Prairie provinces requesting AgriRecovery funds for a beef set aside program

Manitoba will be opting into AgriRecovery to help offset the financial hit from COVID-19. Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen confirmed May 29 that Manitoba has signed on for beef set aside funds, offered through AgriRecovery. “Manitoba is working with the federal government,” he said. “We are trying to get approval for a funding

Slow spring increases root rot risk

Early-seeded pulses may be setup for root rot concerns this year, given the cold spring and saturated soils

Mud may have kept you out of fields this spring, but pulse experts warn that root rots might be plenty active under the surface. Cool temperatures and soil moisture curbed producer efforts to access fields this year. The province estimated that only nine per cent of seeding was complete in Manitoba after the first week

Beef producers say they’ll be at a disadvantage to their counterparts in other provinces if Manitoba doesn’t fund AgriRecovery as those governments have.

Radio silence from Manitoba government on agriculture relief

As of May 22, producers were still waiting to hear if Manitoba will join the other Prairie provinces chipping into AgriRecovery

Manitoba farmers have yet to hear if the province will be throwing its weight behind the AgriRecovery aid promised by the federal government earlier this month. Why it matters: Saskatchewan and Alberta have committed provincial funds to AgriRecovery, following the federal promise of $125 million earlier this month, but Manitoba has yet to say whether it will be


Broadcast canola: Taking the tool of last resort to task

Fields too wet to drill have led to a resurgence in questions about broadcasting canola

Manitoba’s canola growers aren’t quite ready to opt for broadcast seeding, although the province’s oilseed experts say the poor spring and lack of field access has put the topic on the table. Why it matters: Few producers had turned a wheel coming into mid-May, leaving some to ponder if they will be forced to broadcast seed their canola this year.

Manitoba no closer to new beef-processing capacity

The industry has long desired more slaughter and processing capacity here at home, but despite decades of hoping, nothing is on the horizon

It’s an intermittent thorn in the side for Manitoba beef producers. Lack of local processing capacity is a popular topic among the sector, one that has cropped up time and time again for decades, and one that gains particular traction when, like now, the market turns sour. Why it matters: Processing issues out of Alberta