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AAFC scientist receives CFGA award

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) has announced that Gilles Bélanger is recipient of the 2013 CFGA Leadership Award. Bélanger is a Quebec-based research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in the area of physiology and agronomy of forage crops. “Dr. Bélanger’s contribution to improving the productivity and adaptation of forages in Eastern Canada

Churchill exports up after longer than usual shipping season

OmniTRAX says exporting crude oil through Churchill would help ensure the port’s viability

The Port of Churchill, which closed for the season Nov. 12, was open almost two weeks later than usual and exported more than 600,000 tonnes of grain. Merv Tweed, president of OmniTRAX Canada, which owns the port and the Hudson Bay Railway that serves it, said that while this year’s performance is encouraging, the port


The value of trees

On bitterly cold and blustery winter days on the farm, there wasn’t much by way of trees to block our view of those fiery red sunsets framed by sundogs over the drifting snow. It’s a view I am glad I experienced. But as beautiful as it was, it’s not a view I miss. We grew

What are the odds for big snowfalls?

As we’ve been learning over the years, certain weather-related questions sound simple enough, but when you actually start to look at the question, it becomes tougher to figure out. Take trying to figure out when winter actually begins: the tough part is how to define just what constitutes the start of winter. Should it be

Southwest ranchers grapple with flooding

Fast flowing water from recent rainstorms in the Reston area has caused 
widespread damage to downstream roads, haylands and crops

With five gyres the colour of black tea swirling into culverts in the background, Garth Elliott stood on a washed-out road and looks out over what appears to be an inland sea. It’s actually Stoney Creek, which in most years is a tiny rivulet fed by sloughs. “Some years, this creek doesn’t even run,” said



With big U.S. pork buy and diet shift, China now asks: ‘Where’s the Beef?’

With more money in their pockets, millions of Chinese are seeking a richer diet and switching to beef, driving imports to record levels and sending local meat firms abroad to scout for potential acquisition targets among beef farmers and processors. The need to feed the world’s most populous nation has seen Chinese firms gobble up

Get used to it?

Just as water and climate expert Bob Sandford began his keynote address at a Winnipeg conference about water management last week, he received a text from his son back home in Canmore, Alta. It was about a river gone wild. As Sandford spoke on the science of why weather patterns are becoming more turbulent, resulting


Take steps to adapt to climate change: Vilsack

Excerpt from a speech by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Press Club in Washington, June 5, 2013. I’m the secretary of agriculture, and I am not here today to give a scientific lecture on climate change. I’m here to tell you what we’re seeing on the ground. We’re seeing more severe storms.

Emergency outlet to become permanent

Two permanent outlet channels will be built at a cost of $250 million to lower water levels on Lake Manitoba and prevent a repeat of the severe flooding seen in 2011. “We’re going to do all the studies, get the ball rolling on this in a way that we can bring this into play so