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Ukraine 2020 sunflower harvest near end, seen falling

Ukraine’s 2020 sunflower seed harvest is seen falling sharply as farmers threshing 12.9 million tonnes of the commodity from 99 per cent area compared with 15.3 million tonnes harvested in 2019, the Economy Ministry’s data showed on Nov. 17. Ukraine is the world’s largest sunflower oil exporter. Analysts APK-Inform earlier on Tuesday said the 2020-21

FCC identifies export, market diversification opportunities for Canadian food

The ag lender’s latest report highlights canola oil, pork, potato products, crab meat

Canada is already a major exporter of agricultural goods, food and beverages — but increasing food and beverage exports is still one of Canada’s biggest trade opportunities, says Farm Credit Canada (FCC). And by diversifying exports farmers will become less dependent on current major markets reducing their financial risk. “When borders close for any number of reasons due to trade tensions or shock caused by disease

Regenerative ag takes off online

The MFGA says it has been happy with numbers after the pandemic forced its normal November conference online

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) says it has gained traction after taking its November regenerative agriculture conference online. Earlier this year, the MFGA announced it would shift its multi-day conference in Brandon to four weekly online sessions in November. Duncan Morrison, MFGA executive director, says over 700 participants have registered. “I think we got different people registering

An upcoming survey is going to define the predation problem and look at potential solutions.

Producers asked to share information on predation

Producers can expect to see a survey in early December as part of the Livestock Predation Prevention Project

Sheep and cattle producers are being called to share their experiences with predation. The Livestock Predation Prevention Project, launched earlier this year, will be releasing a producer survey in the hopes of gathering producer data on predation. Why it matters: Producers are being asked to give their insights on predation as the Livestock Predation Prevention


Some seed sector officials have said companies won’t cancel a registration so long as there’s commercial demand for it, but doubts remain.

CFIA wants farmer feedback on cancelling variety registrations

It’s part of the upcoming modernization of the Seeds Act

The process for cancelling crop variety registrations will be part of the upcoming ‘modernization’ of Canada’s Seeds Act — a move welcomed by some farm groups that want continued access to farm-saved seed without an additional royalty attached. “We want to hear from everyone involved with seeds, everyone who has a stake in the regulations, whether or not it is

Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.

Grain Growers of Canada lobbies Parliament Hill

Agriculture can help restart Canada’s economy and the federal government can help by addressing some issues

Agriculture can help revitalize Canada’s post-COVID economy, but the federal government should clear the track for the sector. That means updating regulations to encourage technological innovation, improving market access for agricultural exports and recognizing farm practices that help the environment, says the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC). The organization, which represents 15 regional, provincial and national grain farmer groups,

Workers bone and cut beef at a 
meat-packing plant in Toronto.

The key lesson of COVID outbreaks at Manitoba meat processors? Be proactive

One report suggests meat processors were warned to prepare and failed to act

When it comes to COVID-19 at meat-processing facilities one thing has become clear — you can’t wait until you’ve got a problem to act. “With this virus you have to take precautions in advance,” said Jeff Traeger, president of UFCW local 832, which represents workers at Manitoba’s Maple Leaf, HyLife and Exceldor Co-operative meat-processing facilities.


Worker wage protection key for buy-in

In 2007, food processors and associations gathered to discuss the threat of a flu pandemic and their readiness for it. Among challenges they listed were low-income workers who couldn’t afford to take preventive measures. “This will contribute to the spread of disease,” says the report from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. While low-wage, impoverished workers can’t

The historic dome building on the Keystone Centre grounds in Brandon.

Pandemic puts time out on RMWF planning

The hits keep coming for Manitoba’s ag fairs

COVID-19 has hit pause on yet another ag fair normally put on by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. The exhibition board has suspended planning for the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, which typically draws thousands to Brandon’s Keystone Centre for trade shows, horse and cattle exhibits, agricultural education and other entertainment in March, the exhibition announced

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