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Horses on the Martin farm display the results of the family's Clydesdale program.

Clydesdales: Keeping up with the family tradition

Four generations of Martins have been producing Boulder Bluff Clydesdale horses

When George Martin purchased the east half of 1-16-22 in the Strathclair district in 1931, and began his small breeding operation of Clydesdale horses, he probably had no notion the farm and descendants of those horses would still be in the family nearly nine decades and four generations later. “When you can say you are

Barley’s genome now two-thirds sequenced

A team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside says it has reached a new milestone in its work on sequencing the barley genome. In a release Tuesday, the researchers said they have sequenced large portions of the genome that together contain nearly two-thirds of all barley genes. Because barley is a close relative


Neal Gutterson (r), head of biotech for DuPont Pioneer says new tools are speeding up the crop improvement process.

Corn and soybeans headed north and west

DuPont Pioneer is among a number of companies that see huge 
growth potential on the western Prairies

Earlier-maturing varieties of corn and soybeans rolling out across the Canadian Prairies will provide new cash crop options and contribute to more sustainable rotations, a senior official with DuPont Pioneer said here last week. While it is widely acknowledged that farmers are squeezing their canola rotations too tightly, setting the stage for a rise in


Jethro Hamakoko breeds Brahman cattle on a small ranch about an hour outside of the Zambian capital of Lusaka.

Zambian herd grows, despite ticks, poachers

While not without challenges, some farmers forced out of Zimbabwe 
have found a home ranching in Zambia

Quietly, after the bulk of journalists has moved on to other things, Graham Rae describes the situation as 15 to one. That is 15 poachers and one security guard shot so far. On a still morning near the central Zambian town of Chisamba, it’s hard to imagine, but cattle rustling is a major problem for


A GMO by any other name would smell sweeter

The terminology used to describe modern plant breeding gives it a bad name

Google reveals a plethora of ideas for “How to choose a name.” It has suggestions for your baby, your dog, your business, your blog and more. Have you ever wondered what the discussion would be around food and agriculture if plant scientists sought similar advice when naming genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? They’re immersed in science,

Beef 911: A close examination of the Breeding Soundness Evaluation form

Evaluating a bull isn’t straightforward and there are a number of factors to consider

In talking with astute, diligent and thorough cattlemen, it’s come to my attention that a close examination of the Breeding Soundness Evaluation form is clearly warranted. All conscientious breeders will make them available before a sale or for sure at the point of delivery. Specific things on the form may be more applicable depending on

Harpinder S. Randhawa, current soft white breeder at AAFC, received the 
Seed of the Year award on behalf of Sadash Sadasivaiah, who passed away in 2005. It was presented by award co-chair Todd Hyra.

AC Andrew receives Seed of the Year West award

Award includes a $4,000 scholarship to a student in plant breeding or genetics

AC Andrew, a soft white spring wheat variety developed by the late Sadash Sadasivaiah at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre, has been selected as the 2014-15 winner of the Seed of the Year West award. “AC Andrew was a major breakthrough in terms of grain yield in the soft white spring wheat,” Harpinder


KAP members take in speakers at the organization’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg.

You can save seed, but can you ‘stock’ it?

As UPOV ’91 becomes closer to reality for Canadian farmers and seed breeders, many questions remain to be answered

Planned amendments to Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Act are generating a lot of questions and few answers, as some farmers begin to fear they’ll be left to reap what the federal government sows. Omnibus Bill C-18 — known as the Agricultural Growth Act — will affect a total of nine pieces of legislation including the

AAFC proposing two-tier crop variety registration system

One category would require merit testing and the other would only require the registrant to demonstrate a variety was new, distinguishable, uniform and stable

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is proposing to reduce Canada’s crop variety registration system from three tiers to two by 2016. One of the tiers would still include merit testing as part of the process for registering new wheats for western Canadian farmers, which is seen by many as an important tool in assuring wheat