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Canada’s wheat ending stocks projections raised

MarketsFarm — Canadian wheat ending stocks for the current 2020-21 marketing year are forecast to be larger than earlier expectations, according updated supply/demand estimates Thursday from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. All-wheat ending stocks for 2020-21 are now forecast at 6.3 million tonnes, which compares with the September estimate of 5.9 million. The total wheat carryout

AAC Wheatland, AAC Starbuck outyield AAC Brandon

Seed growers who have tried these two varieties already have reported excellent results

Two new high-protein milling wheats from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), AAC Wheatland VB and AAC Starbuck VB, outyield Western Canada’s most popular wheat by six to eight per cent, according to variety-registration trials. Both are in the premium Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class. Certified seed will be available to western Canadian farmers through


Timelines to redistribute excess food supplies will vary on the types of food being delivered.

Feds roll out Surplus Food Rescue Program dollars

Seven groups will distribute excess food to those in need

Food Banks Canada and seven other organizations have been selected by the federal government to redistribute excess food supplies to communities in need. The Surplus Food Rescue Program was created in May with $50 million in funding as part of Ottawa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wanted the projects to be all inclusive, from

The ag sector turned to tools like AAFC’s Drought Watch during dry years like last year.

AAFC uses climate tools to support farm decisions

The National Agroclimate Information Service monitors the impact of climate and weather

It’s no secret that climate and weather play a significant role in agriculture. It’s been that way since the first seed was planted. A drought or a flood would pose massive risks to farmers. Accurate forecasting is invaluable in mitigating the effects of weather anomalies. For centuries farmers turned to the latest oracle who claimed

Cargill’s beef plant in High River, Alta., was among those closed temporarily due to COVID-19 this year, prior to the Emergency Processing Fund being announced.

Feds commit first $10 million to support food processors

The first funds will be flowing out of the Emergency Processing Fund promised to packers in May for upgrading COVID-19 prevention

The first spending round of a $77.5-million fund to help food processors in the wake of COVID-19 is being rolled out by the federal government. On Sept. 4, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced 32 projects have been approved for up to $10.54 million in federal funds to help mitigate impacts of COVID-19. Money,


Reporter’s Take: Farmer-owned AAFC?

In 2019 Canadian farmers grossed almost $37 billion from crop sales. Each started with a seed. That’s why getting farmers to pay more for plant breeding — often referred to as “value creation” — is important. It’s also contentious. Nobody wants to pay more and a lot of farmers worry royalties will enrich seed companies

Some are worried that the federal government will kibosh plant breeding as the COVID deficit grows.

AAFC sits on value creation sidelines

In the meantime farmers and the seed industry are seeking consensus on how to proceed

After farmer push-back Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has hit pause on end point and trailing royalties consultations aimed at getting producers to contribute more money for plant breeding. But the controversial issue isn’t dead. Some farm groups and the seed industry are trying to find consensus on how to proceed. “What we’re trying to

Little change seen in June’s crop supply/demand tables

MarketsFarm — Supply/demand estimates for Canada’s major crops saw little change in updated tables released Tuesday from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Acreage estimates from Statistics Canada are due out June 30, and should lead to more sizeable adjustments in subsequent reports. Canola ending stocks were left unchanged at 2.6 million tonnes for the current marketing


AAFC tightens canola stocks projections

Corrected, May 25 — MarketsFarm — Canadian canola ending stocks for both the current marketing year and the upcoming 2020-21 season will be tighter than earlier forecasts, according to updated supply/demand estimates from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released Friday. The latest data take into account acreage estimates released by Statistics Canada earlier in the month.

“If something goes through these rigorous procedures... and a year later it’s being grown somewhere else, that’s a problem.” – Todd Hyra, SeCan

Illegal seed exports threaten Canadian farmers’ competitiveness

Kazakhstanis have been buying western Canadian cereal and pulse seed and Canada’s seed industry wants Ottawa to stop the seed from leaving Canada

Kazakhstani companies are illegally buying what some consider to be Western Canada’s crown jewels — high-value cereal and pulse seed. The varieties were developed publicly, for Canada’s benefit — prompting the seed industry to urge the Canadian government to stop it from leaving the country. “There is not much more that Canadian companies can do (to stop