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Locust swarms raise food security concerns

Widespread crop damage could put 25 million in famine situation

MarketsFarm – Locust swarms reaching levels not seen in decades are raising concerns over food security from Africa to as far east as India, according to reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The locust crisis has intensified since the beginning of 2020, but got its start in 2018 when

Why is canola winning acres and not wheat?

The percentage increase in yields for both are about the same leaving some to speculate it’s more about demand than genetics or private versus public variety development

Wheat needs more research money to compete with crops like canola. That’s the message organizers delivered at the first consultation meeting on two new proposed royalty options in Winnipeg Nov. 16. “Cereals are necessary in crop rotations to prevent pest and disease pressures from emerging,” a government slide presentation said. “However, due to declining profitability

Research scientist Philip Lyons stands in front of a tank holding rainbow carp at Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre, in Leende, Netherlands.

New technology allows more sustainable aquaculture

Alternative protein sources such as insect meal could replace fish meal fed to fish

Many are familiar with farmed salmon, catfish or tilapia. But there are many more potential species, says a research scientist at an aquaculture facility here. “When you compare fish farming to terrestrial farming we have thousands of different fish species that we could potentially farm… and when you compare that to terrestrial farming we have

Animal industry efficiency and environmental sustainability are improving.

Livestock sector has multi-faceted plan to tackle climate changes

The industry is tackling the challenge — and its critics — by being proactive

The climate change conference in Paris brought together world leaders and countless economic organizations vowing to improve the environment. Among them was the International Meat Secretariat, which represents livestock and meat groups. Jurgen Preugschas, former chairman of the Canadian Pork Council, is chairman of the IMS Sustainable meat committee. “We are working together with many

Friday, October 16 is World Food Day

Even in one of the richest countries in the world, one in seven people do not have enough to eat

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero. World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture

Canada’s wheat yield gains compare well to world

In Manitoba from 2000 to 2012, wheat yield gains outpaced 
those for canola

There have been opinions expressed in the media claiming the rate of yield gain for wheat in Western Canada is low compared to that of the rest of the world. However, a survey of the data suggests that’s not the case. Rob Graf, a wheat breeder with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre, says

Victory in Europe, economy on the homefront

Our History: October & November 1945

The Second World War had ended with victory in Europe declared in May and in Japan in August of 1945, but the lingering effects were still clear in our fall issues of 1945. This advertisement in the Oct. 1 issue advised how armed forces personnel could apply to be released for farm work. Economizing was

Canada leads efforts to convince importers to dump zero tolerance

Canada is leading efforts to get an international agreement that would see countries accept small amounts of unapproved genetically modified (GM) crops in their imports, says Dennis Stephens. And the Oakbank-based secretary of the International Grain Trade Coalition credits Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for leading the charge. Ritz, along with Canada’s flax industry, experienced first

Thank you for 30 years!

April 13, 2013 marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). Throughout this year, we wish to celebrate and thank the many people and organizations that have created, built and supported the CFGB over the years — the early visionaries, the practical people who worked out the mechanics, the many farmers

UN bodies want to tackle drought to avert food crisis

Reuters / UN agencies want to strengthen national drought policies after warnings that climate change would increase their frequency and severity. Droughts cause more deaths and displacement than floods or earthquakes, making them the world’s most destructive natural hazard, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, one of the groups taking part. “We must boost