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Frustrated KAP members say Class 1 truck licence transition flawed

Some have waited months in vain for a semi licence road test because commercial truckers get most of the openings

[UPDATED: Aug. 19, 2019] Good luck if you’re a farmer trying to get a Class 1 semi licence before harvest. And it might not be much easier between now and next harvest either. That’s because starting Sept. 1 everyone has to take Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT), a 121.5-hour course designed to provide new semi […] Read more


Higher membership fees for KAP members gets council vote

KAP will ask the Manitoba government to approve its request to raise its annual membership by $50 from the current $200

Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) annual membership fee of $200 could increase by $50 or 25 per cent to $250 Nov. 1 if the Manitoba government approves it. KAP members voted unanimously for the fee hike at their advisory council meeting here July 30. They also unanimously passed a motion in favour of increasing membership fees […] Read more



Canadian Grain Commission still tabulating farmer claims to ILTA’s security

The CGC says the best protection against a company’s failure is to cash its cheque as soon as possible

ILTA Grain had $12 million in security to cover what it owed farmers for grain, but the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) hasn’t finished calculating if it’s enough. “It could take several weeks or even several months to complete the process,” assistant chief commissioner Doug Chorney said in an interview July 30. According to court documents, […] Read more


ILTA Grain’s financial troubles raises questions about canary seed

Case raises questions about which crops should be covered by the CGC’s protection plan

It doesn’t matter how much security ILTA Grain posted to cover what it owes farmers, those who delivered canary seed won’t see a penny through the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) farm protection program. That’s because canary seed isn’t one of the 20 crops covered under the Canada Grain Act and therefore is ineligible to security […] Read more



New cases of Tall waterhemp found in Manitoba

This is a Tier 1 noxious weed that Manitoba Agriculture wants to prevent from spreading

Tall Waterhemp has been confirmed in four new Manitoba fields and there are rumours of more, Manitoba Agriculture weed specialist Tammy Jones said in an interview Aug. 2. Tall Waterhemp is a Tier one noxious weed that must be destroyed no matter where it’s found, but that can include hand weeding within crops where practical, […] Read more


Change is coming in the seed royalty debate, and it could cost farmers

Farmers have a chance to influence seed royalty options, but need to get more involved, says Lynn Jacobson

Farmers can still shape their future contributions to cereal variety development, including possibly a new seed royalty system — but they must participate in the consultation process. That’s the message Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture (AFA) is trying to spread. “This is coming and it’s going to cost you money,” Jacobson […] Read more



New Canadian canola seed sales made to China

Details are few but the canola council says normal canola trade with China has not been restored

Canada has made a “small amount” of new canola seed sales to China, but exports to Canada’s biggest canola customer aren’t back to normal. Not even close. “We are aware of a small amount of (canola seed) sales that have occurred (to China),” Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s vice-president of communications said in […] Read more


Escalation of canola dispute with China won’t work

Market analyst Mike Jubinville doesn’t see a resolution any time soon

Retaliating against China over its import restrictions on Canadian canola will only make the dispute harder to resolve, according to MarketsFarm analyst Mike Jubinville. Some commentators and farmers are demanding Canada retaliate, for example, by subjecting Chinese imports to intense inspections. “Taking an aggressive position with China is absolutely pointless,” he said in an interview […] Read more



If farmers keep misusing glyphosate, they may lose it

The warnings from the ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign are taking on a more urgent tone

If Canadian farmers want to keep using glyphosate they must stop misusing glyphosate. That blunt message was delivered earlier this summer during a ‘Keep it Clean’ webinar to agronomists and retailers, who were urged to pass it on to their farmer-clients. “We all know the value of glyphosate, but to be very blunt about it, […] Read more


rapeseed crops in China

Is Canadian canola a victim of China’s desire to be more food self-sufficient?

A recently published paper says the disruption in canola trade with China has more to do with its push for food self-sufficiency than politics. The Canadian canola industry disagrees

Canada’s canola industry and the federal government were surprised when China abruptly stopped buying canola from two Canadian exporters in March. But a new report prepared for the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) suggests they shouldn’t have been. China has, for socio-economic and political reasons, had been planning to reduce imports of canola from Canada […] Read more