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National COYF cancelled for 2020

The national Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer (COYF) event, previously scheduled to be held in Saskatoon in December this year, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In a statement in the ‘Land Leader’, the official publication of the COYF program, Steve Cooper, the organization’s chair, said, “the Saskatchewan Hosting committee for the 2020 National Event advised



VIDEO: ‘Igniting’ young minds in agriculture

Event offered insight and networking opportunities for students in agriculture program

At a recent young farmer summit in Winnipeg, students in the agriculture program at the University of Manitoba were asked what interested them in coming to the ‘Ignite’ event (presented by Farm Credit Canada), the connection they have to agriculture, some of the challenges young farmers are facing and what opportunities lie ahead as they

CPTPP trade agreement ratified

Canada will be among the original six and will gain some benefit from moving early

The last domestic legislative hurdle to enacting the CPTPP trade deal with Pacific rim countries has been cleared. The deal was approved by senate and received Royal Assent the afternoon of Oct. 25. The moves makes Canada one of the first countries to ratify the 11 nation deal which comes into effect once the first

Federal government to invest $8.3-million in organics

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay today announced a federal investment of up to $8.3 million to the Organic Federation of Canada, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters. The research investment, which includes an additional $4.4 million in contributions from industry, will help the organic sector enhance productivity through better soil health and


Taking the guesswork out of spraying

A test kit can take a reading of disease levels in the field

Lab technicians at Quantum Genetix are working around the clock testing crop tissue samples to help farms make informed decisions in their fungicide program. “It’s a busy time of the year for us. We up our staff and we run 24 hours to make sure our machines are working,” Heather Deobald of Quantum Genetix said




Is 3D fencing the answer to your free lunch program?

Hay yards are magnets for elk and deer, but three-dimensional fencing can be a lower-cost way to keep them out

A long winter coupled with a late and dry start to spring has stretched feed supplies across the Prairies. Which means any loss of hay to wildlife last winter was especially painful. To avoid that grief — or at least lessen it — many producers on the Prairies have turned to three-dimensional fencing. Unlike typical

Processors see more opportunity than negatives in CETA deal

Glacier FarmMedia Special Report: Ice wine, pet foods and jam makers are analyzing what potential the European market 
offers their businesses to grow

Our March 31, 2016 issue marks the third and final instalment in a series of Special Reports prepared by Glacier FarmMedia reporters on how the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe will affect Canadian food producers and processors. Charles Crawford, founder and president, Domaine Pinnacle Producers of spirits and cider based