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“The grain companies have never wanted the CGC. They would much prefer a situation wherein they can make all the rules themselves... “ Stewart Wells, NFU.

Grain act, grain commission review revived

The ongoing examination is sure to reveal fractures and differing interests

Two pillars of Canada’s $26-billion grain industry are again under review — a process reviving long-standing divisions between some farmers and grain companies over grain industry regulations. The Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission which administers it, deal with grain buyer licensing, grade standards, grading disputes, quality control and producer payment protection. Some submissions

Opposition members of the Commons Agriculture Committee are questioning if government funding for food processors fighting COVID was enough.

Federal committee ponders food-processing capacity

Opposition members say COVID response was underfunded

Glacier FarmMedia – The federal committee on agriculture and agri-food has begun its study into Canada’s processing capacity. During a Nov. 19 meeting, Conservative Party of Canada Agriculture Critic Lianne Rood joined her opposition colleagues in questioning the federal government’s decision to offer the sector $77.5 million in support, when some industry estimates suggest roughly $800 million is


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

Agriculture committee finalizing BRM recommendations

Report will be sent to the federal agriculture minister for consideration

Members of the federal committee on agriculture are finalizing recommendations for business risk management programs ahead of federal-provincial-territorial meetings to discuss the matter. Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Agriculture Critic Lianne Rood says a report will be sent to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau ahead of meetings with provincial ministers, scheduled to take

Crop stocks forecasts mostly unchanged in AAFC supply/demand report

Corn carryout revised upward

MarketsFarm — Updated crop supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released Friday, included only minor changes from the previous month. Larger adjustments are expected after Statistics Canada releases its final production numbers for the year on Dec. 3. Canola and all-wheat ending stocks for the 2020-21 marketing year were both left unchanged at 2.25


Manitoba Crop Alliance joins coalitions in pledging funds to wheat, barley research

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition and Canadian Barley Research Coalition replace the Western Grains Research Foundation

Coalitions of Prairie commodity groups have pledged $22.6 million in producer funding toward Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s wheat-breeding program and over $1.5 million to barley research. “Manitoba Crop Alliance is proud to be a part of this collaborative initiative with our sister organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” said Fred Greig, chair of the Manitoba Crop

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