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The timely approvals of vaccines to protect against COVID-19 is proof that agility can exist in bureaucratic processes. Maybe it’s time to apply a similar decision-making approach to other areas of importance.

Comment: The pandemic has shown governments can make decisions quickly

Too often, bureaucratic entropy takes over and that makes us less competitive in the global marketplace

One of the lessons of the pandemic and response to it by governments and regulatory agencies is that regulatory agility is possible. COVID-19 vaccines have been approved with record speed, and from what I can find, the government says that the same vigour of process has also been applied. The only point missing is long-term studies

New research suggests that animal infections can come on feed.

Disease can reach hog herds through feed

Research says disease travels on feed.The hog sector is working to limit the risks

North America’s livestock feed system continues to change to manage the risk of disease travelling on feed. The changes have meant world-leading restrictions on feed imports to Canada and a decline in imports of soybean meal into the U.S. from areas of major swine diseases. It’s also meant that some large farms are adopting supplier-to-farm

Data hackers coming to a farm near you

Data hackers coming to a farm near you

Recent attacks on computer systems show that agriculture isn’t immune to hackers

Agriculture pays little attention to computer system security, but it will be an increasing threat as farms gets larger, technology use increases and global actors look to disrupt food systems. That means that agriculture is well behind other important sectors of the economy in protecting its computer networks, says a cybersecurity researcher. It’s a reality

Going paperless: Pandemic makes digital a new reality

Going paperless: Pandemic makes digital a new reality

The COVID-19 pandemic response is driving farms and companies to paperless transactions

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing changes to how business is done in Canadian agriculture, driving a long-delayed move to digital business transactions. Deliveries from or visits to a supplier often doubled as social interactions in farm country, but that face-to-face culture is being supplanted by digital bits. Why it matters: Paper transactions and payments move

The challenges with moving a new technology into rural areas could create new partnerships and opportunities.

The wired farm

Will 5G networks kick off a wave of innovation for Canada’s farms?

Users of the Samsung Galaxy S20 phone will be the first to have access to 5G technology in Canada. Rural residents and farmers will have to wait much longer – if the technology ever arrives. Rogers announced in early March that it is rolling out 5G networks in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal, with 20

“It’s not that livestock and poultry don’t have an impact. They do. But it’s important to quantify it and report it accurately. Only then can we have public policy for meaningful change.” – Frank Mitloehner

The ‘lightning rod issue’ of agriculture and climate change

There is a positive side to the story of agriculture 
and climate change. Why is it so hard getting anyone to listen?

Glacier FarmMedia – The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) recently painted a picture of Canadian agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions that runs counter to commonly held public perceptions. The CAPI paper said generally the sector has its house in order. Canadian agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions peaked in 2005 and have remained steady at about 60

Farmers can see cow data, like this, within their line of vision using augmented reality glasses.

Technology brings augmented reality to your dairy barn

Company overlaying data and reality in new system to help information management

Imagine looking over your barn full of dairy cows and being able to tell instantly which ones were in heat and which ones are up and down in feed consumption or milk. There are ways to do this now, with a phone or a tablet computer feeding information to the farmer as they move through the barn. However, Nedap

Food security is an issue in this election for 54 per cent of Canadians. (FatCamera/E+/Getty Images)

Food, farming not expected to be big election issues

Canadians don’t think that food and agriculture will be a significant issue in the current federal election. A survey conducted Sept. 9 and released Tuesday by Angus Reid Global with the support of Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab shows 31 per cent of Canadians believe food and agriculture will be a prime electoral issue during

The Mousseaus fed 137 people at the Farm to Fork Experience event where attendees ate a meal of locally produced and cooked food and then could relax in comfortable furniture while the cattle grazed nearby.

Face to face marketing

These farmers are meeting their customers in person... and making more sales

Some young farmers are making direct-to-consumer sales an important part of their farm business plan. They’re using creative thinking on events and bringing new skills to the expansion of their businesses. Why it matters: Direct-to-consumer marketing can be an effective way for farmers to get more of the food dollar. But they have to have