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Soybean growers need to be aware that a number of older varieties are about to see their registration cancelled at the start of the new crop year, August 1.

Know the soybean varieties you’re planting

A long list will see their registrations cancelled Aug. 1 and that could affect how they are sold

Manitoba farmers should take note of the soybean varieties they’re planting this spring. More than two dozen will have their registrations cancelled Aug. 1, which could affect crop marketing, says Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange. The surest way to know is by planting certified seed. “The way I view soybean

COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred at several processing plants in Canada, resulting in extended closures and, in some cases, employee deaths.

Food worker union blasts safety measures, foreign worker system

UFCW told parliamentary committee that the pandemic has been very difficult for food sector employees

A union representing thousands of Canadian food workers says “consistency and enforcement” remain a problem when it comes to responses for its members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Derek Johnstone, special assistant to the national president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union of Canada (UFCW), told a parliamentary committee on Feb. 18 that the


Pilot project to try veterinary health products on for size

Pilot project to try veterinary health products on for size

The CFIA has said the pilot program will inform potential Feeds Regulations changes

The call is coming for feed companies wanting to add “general health” products into their lineups. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada say they will start taking applications for a pilot project — which will allow commercial livestock feed mixed with a limited list of veterinary health products (VHPs) such as organic

Piglet at a pig farm in Guizhou Province, China in May 2020.

Contaminated feed a risk that can’t be ignored, says expert

It’s clear that viruses, including African swine fever, can be transmitted via feed ingredients

New research is showing that animal feed can carry viruses, including the one that causes African swine fever. It’s a threat that must be thwarted, Scott Dee, veterinarian and director of applied research for Minnesota-based Pipestone Veterinary Services, told attendees at the virtual 2021 Banff Pork Seminar in January. “We’ve got to work together,” said

Seed regulation consultations are expected to change the way farmers can access seed, and their input is being sought.

Calling all farmers: Seed regs review kicks off

Regulations are under review and CFIA wants your input before March 15

Canadian farmers are urged to take part in a major review of regulations under the Seeds Act, starting with a survey ending March 15 assessing current regulations and the need for changes. Most producers probably don’t know much about the Byzantine legislation that goes back to 1905, when the Seeds Control Act was proclaimed, but


Editorial: Labels and legalities

Editorial: Labels and legalities

It’s often said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But does the same apply to honey cut with high-fructose corn syrup? If would seem so, according to the front-page story of our Farmit Manitoba section, where Alexis Stockford digs into the sticky issue of honey adulteration. The problem for regulators

Adulterated honey imports to North America disadvantage local honey producers.

Smoking out Canadian honey fraud

The CFIA found less adulterated honey in 2019-20, although beekeepers say those numbers only encompass a part of their market reality

[UPDATED: Dec. 21, 2020] The newest numbers are in on Canadian honey fraud, although beekeepers say they don’t fully capture the reality of the sector. The most recent bout of official testing did see less honey fraud compared to similar surveillance the year before, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In a report

U.S.-based Impossible Foods, whose Impossible Burger is shown here on display at U.S. grocery chain Wegmans, launched the product at Canadian retail in late October 2020, selling exclusively at Sobeys stores until February 2021. (ImpossibleFoods.com)

CFIA to consult on new near-meat, non-meat guidelines

Clarity for labels, promotion, composition to be considered

“Greater clarity” in federal guidelines for the makeup and labels of “simulated” meat and poultry products is the end zone for a new round of consultations underway for the next month. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Tuesday announced the launch for the public consultation, which includes an online survey and runs until Dec. 3.


Hog producers want $50 million invested in ASF prevention

Hog producers want $50 million invested in ASF prevention

Disease outbreak would rapidly outstrip the impact of BSE, Canadian Pork Council says

Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever (ASF). In an open letter released Sept. 11, chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The call comes on

Eric McLean (left) and Norm Lyster.

Seed sector merger will affect grain farmers

Seed growers have differing views on a plan to create Seeds Canada

Most Manitoba farmers, unless they are seed growers, haven’t heard of Seeds Canada. Its pending creation will either help or hurt seed producers and grain farmers depending on who you talk to. Seeds Canada is a proposed new seed industry organization that will be formed if two-thirds of members of five separate organizations — the