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CN investing to improve grain transportation

The railway didn’t get everything it wanted in Bill C-49, but it was enough to trigger millions of dollars in capital spending, including 1,000 new high-capacity grain cars

A top CN executive says Bill C-49 is already sparking a wave of grain transportation investments. Both CN and CP Rail have ordered 1,000 new high-capacity grain cars and are investing in other infrastructure to move more grain faster partly due to the legislative changes, says Sean Finn, CN’s executive vice-president of corporate services and […] Read more


Trade war casualties? Across the line

Some Manitoba farm exports go almost exclusively to the U.S., raising questions about continued access as Donald Trump expands his global trade war

Manitoba farmers praying for good crops might do well to ask for divine intervention to keep their biggest customer — the United States. As U.S. President Donald Trump’s global trade war heats up, they could find their largest market for many of their products under fire. During the last five years (2013-17) this province’s agricultural […] Read more



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BRMs important to achieve $75-billion export target

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute issued a paper on what it heard from the industry on the Barton Report

It’s going to be a balancing act between the protection of agriculture safety net programs and the need for innovation as farmers pitch in to meet the goal of growing Canada’s food and agriculture exports. The federal government flagged agriculture as a growth area in the 2017 budget, calling for exporters to grow to $75 […] Read more


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KAP president Mazier resigns to seek Tory nomination

Dan Mazier to seek Conservative candidacy for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Dan Mazier resigned his position Friday so he can seek the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination for MP in the Dauphin—Swan River—Neepawa in western Manitoba. “I would like to acknowledge my sincere appreciation to all the (KAP) staff, executive, board and the members of KAP who have offered support and […] Read more



CFIA certain Canadian wheat is GM free

It’s based on extensive testing of saved export and harvest samples collected by the Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Food Inspect­ion Agency (CFIA) is confident, based on extensive testing, none of the GM wheat it discovered in southern Alberta last summer has entered Canada’s commercial grain-handling or seed system. Canada’s wheat registration system played a role in reaching that conclusion. As of late June, CFIA didn’t know the name of that GM […] Read more


GM wheat field tests continue in Canada

Monsanto shelved Roundup Ready wheat in 2004, but other companies continue open-air experiments with GM wheat

There might not be any commercial GM wheat in production in Canada — but most years there are at least some field trials. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which is charged with regulating confined Plant Novel Trait field trials, has confirmed this fact. ‘Confined’ PNT field trials must be approved by CFIA and come […] Read more



Canada fights back with its own tariffs

The Trump administration charges Canucks have taken advantage, especially on agriculture

For good or ill on July 1 Canada hit back in the U.S. trade war. The U.S. is now facing $16.6 billion worth of tariffs on many American imports ranging from kitchen appliances and lawn mowers, to ketchup, pickles, Jack Daniel’s whiskey, and toilet paper. It’s in retaliation to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to […] Read more


Biosecurity, disease reduction program for commercial Manitoba beekeepers

This aid under the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers might be short lived

It may be a case of use it or lose it for Manitoba’s beekeepers. They’re being urged to apply now for help under a cost-sharing program that’s aimed at commercial beekeepers trying to control diseases which may only be available this year. “There is a maximum of $3,500 in the program,” Rheal Lafreniere, Manitoba Agriculture’s […] Read more



Wheat grading factor changes August 1

Grading factors for mildew and heat/frost stress when grading western Canadian wheat will be tweaked starting Aug. 1, the start of the 2018-19 crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has announced. “It’s not a significant difference,” Daryl Beswitherick, the CGC’s program manager for quality assurance standards and reinspection, said. “The frequency of the factors […] Read more


VIDEO: Bees “bee-have” to form bee beard

Ian Steppler, who runs the honey production part of Steppler Farms, ‘grew’ a bee beard with the help of his assistant, Carrie Martindale, to the delight of 117 beekeepers attending an event put on in co-operation with the Manitoba Beekeepers Association. Video footage recorded June 16, 2018 at Steppler Farms, near Deerwood, Man. Video editing […] Read more