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Newfoundland farmers may shoot problem moose at night

Province to provide permits to qualified farmers

Moose causing crop damage on farms in Newfoundland and Labrador may now be shot by farmers at night under a new special permit system. Farmers dealing with “problem moose” can now apply for permits for night shooting, via provincial agriculture development officers in their areas, the provincial fisheries and land resources department said Thursday. The

Federal surplus food program now taking applications

Qualified NGOs sought to move, distribute perishables to 'populations in need'

A federal program to get food to those who need it, using stockpiles of perishables created by the COVID-19-related shutdown of the dining sector, is now taking applications. The $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program — which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telegraphed in a funding announcement May 5 — will take applications from “organizations addressing


Details on federal food surplus program expected in ‘days’

Ottawa already at work with businesses, minister says

Ottawa — Detailed plans of the federal government’s food buyback program are expected soon, according to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ottawa tabbed $50 million of its COVID-19 response funds for agriculture to buy surplus food from farmers and redistribute it to communities in need. The challenge Bibeau and her federal colleagues are faced with is

Commercial greenhouse production in Manitoba has an overall value estimated at $36.6 million to the provincial economy. Direct employment from these operations is estimated at 324 full-time equivalent jobs annually.

New report spotlights high-value horticulture

Total value of production from horticultural crops is estimated at roughly $100 million a year

A new report shows Manitoba’s horticultural producers are punching well above their weight when it comes to contributing to the provincial economy. There are relatively few fruit and vegetable growers, plus those producing sod, other nursery crops such as flowers and trees, and greenhouse operations — yet together their production is worth roughly $100 million

The Manitoba government has singled out the province’s beekeepers, dairy farmers, sheep producers and the horticulture sector for the $176-million Manitoba interpretation of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Four sectors focus of Ag Action Manitoba

Some application deadlines are less than a month away

The province has released the first round of Ag Action Manitoba funding guidelines for the $176-million Manitoba interpretation of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Their next challenge will be hitting the application deadlines, some of which are June 22. Four sectors have been earmarked for specific projects in the first year of assurance funding. The province


Arysta plans market expansion in Western Canada

CNS Canada — Arysta LifeScience, a crop chemical company known in Western Canada for its line of Everest products, now wants to become a household name for Prairie farmers. Platform Specialty Products, Arysta’s parent company, last Aug. 24 announced plans to separate its agricultural solutions and performance solutions segments. Platform Specialty chairman Martin Franklin said


Feds fund potato push

The investment is aimed at increasing Canada’s potato exports

The federal government is putting up $274,000 in Growing Forward 2 funding to expand markets for Canadian potatoes. The announcement came last month when member of Parliament Dan Vandal spoke to the 95th annual general meeting of the Canadian Horticulture Council in Winnipeg. This project, funded under the AgriMarketing Program, provides the Canadian Horticultural Council


Horticulture industry gets a taste of Manitoba as national council gathers in Winnipeg

About 200 members of the Canadian Horticulture Council were expected 
to attend the annual general meeting held in Winnipeg March 14-16

Winnipeg recently played host to Canada’s horticulture industry. Around 200 members of Canadian Horticulture Council gathered for the organization’s annual general meeting March 14-16. The Vegetable Growers Association of Manitoba, Peak of the Market, Keystone Vegetable Producers Association and Keystone Potato Producers Association are among Manitoba organizations represented, joining members from across Canada. “It basically allows

The CFA supports CanadaGap, a national food safety program for companies that produce, handle and broker fruits and vegetables.

Get ready for more questions from buyers

Growers and processors are concerned about conflicts between regulatory standards 
and those from individual customers

It isn’t just about antibiotics or hormones for livestock — crop producers are also starting to receive buyers’ questions about how they run their business. In an interview, Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier said disclosure of farm inputs has been popping up in crop contracts for years, but the trend is on the rise.