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Canadian grain is safe, Grain Commission’s Chorney says

The Canadian Grain Commission is aware of rising consumer concerns about glyphosate residues

Canadian grain is safe when it comes to pesticide residues, says Doug Chorney, assistant chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). “We’re very sensitive in our current monitoring programs to these concerns,” Chorney said here April 2 at the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) advisory council meeting. During a question period Fisher Branch farmer Paul […] Read more

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Farmers urged to ‘Keep it Clean in 2019’

Be aware of the pesticides buyers don’t want applied to certain crops

Read and always follow the label directions when applying pesticide. That’s one of the messages Brenna Mahoney, Cereals Canada’s director of communications and stakeholder relations, hopes farmers take away from the updated Keep it Clean website. By doing so Canadian farmers can help ensure international markets stay open, Mahoney said in an interview April 12. […] Read more

Farmers will get their say

KAP wants the CGC to continue adding value and protecting farmers

The Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) review being led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is in the preliminary stage and the entire grain sector is encouraged to provide input, says Michelle Bielik, AAFC’s director of the Crop and Supply Chain Policy Division in the Strategic Policy Branch. “We are right now […] Read more

Air cleared at Canadian Grain Commission?

Manitoba Co-operator reporting discord among the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) three commissioners has cleared the air around the CGC’s office, according to sources. In March sources told the Co-operator there was division and mistrust among the commissioners, over Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s review of the Canada Grain Act and the CGC, which administers it. It […] Read more

KAP wants government action on canola spat

While Chinese and Canadian officials are talking, so far China hasn’t agreed to a face-to-face meeting

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is frustrated the federal government hasn’t done more to restore Canadian canola exports to China a month after the current trade dispute began. At press time Monday the Chinese had not replied to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s request to send a Canadian delegation to China led by the Canadian Food Inspection […] Read more

KAP grapples with China canola trade dispute

Can science trump politics and what sort of government aid, if any, is needed?

What, if any, support the federal government should provide canola farmers following the loss of their biggest canola customer China, was discussed at the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) advisory council meeting here April 2. Members also talked about how to get the Chinese government to engage with Canada to try and fix the impasse. China […] Read more

Farmers sticking with canola-seeding plans

If you’re thinking of changing, contact your seed retailer ASAP

So far it looks like western farmers are sticking to their rotations and not jumping out of canola this spring, despite losing their top market, China. “Farmers are locked and loaded and sticking to it,” Canadian Canola Growers Association CEO Rick White said in an interview April 4. “Yes, some have been pushing their rotations. […] Read more

Changes to cash advances can help canola farmers’ cash flow: White

The Saskatchewan government says the entire loan should be interest free

One way to help canola farmers suffering lower prices following the loss of the Chinese market is enhancing the cash advance program, says Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) CEO Rick White. “We have a tool,” White, whose organization administers 98 per cent of Western Canada’s cash advances, said in an interview April 4. “That’s what […] Read more

Canadian GMO escapes common: report

That’s prompted a call for more regulatory oversight and deregistering GM alfalfa

Better regulations are needed to prevent contamination from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That’s what the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and the SaskOrganics’ Organic Agriculture Protection Fund committee (OAPF) concludes in a report called GM Contamination in Canada: The failure to contain living modified organisms – incidents and impacts. Why it matters: GMOs found where […] Read more

What’s CBAN’s stand on GM?

Its website claims there’s no scientific proof GM is safe. Health Canada begs to differ

If the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) isn’t anti-GMO, it’s certainly not an advocate of the technology. “There is no scientific basis to conclude that GM foods are safe,” CBAN’s website says. “Research continues to raise serious questions about potential health hazards and more study is needed. The risks from eating GM foods have not […] Read more