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Alberta names new deputy ag minister

Alberta’s deputy provincial environment minister, a civil engineer and 28-year veteran of the Canadian Forces, has been named the province’s new top agriculture bureaucrat. Premier Rachel Notley on Tuesday put through an order in council appointing Andre Corbould as Alberta’s deputy minister of agriculture and forestry effective Wednesday, replacing Beverly Yee. Corbould, the province’s deputy

Maple Leaf to cut 400 middle-management jobs

Reuters — Maple Leaf Foods said Wednesday it would cut 400 management jobs, or about three per cent of its workforce, saying it was ready to streamline operations after starting up Canada’s biggest meat plant. Maple Leaf, one of the country’s biggest pork processors, said the majority of the job cuts would be completed by


More than 100 area producers attended the fifth annual Manitoba Young Farmers Conference held in Brandon on February 25.

Young farmers discuss taking the farm to the next generation

Fourth- and fifth-generation farmers discuss the challenges of developing 
a succession plan and taking over the family business

More than 100 young producers gathered here for the Manitoba Young Farmers conference late last month. Succession planning, connecting with consumers and financial risk management were among the topics for the fifth annual conference organized by the Keystone Agricultural Producers young farmers’ committee and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD). “We have had a

The site of a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, April 25, 2013.

Small communities need to plan for big disasters

The explosion of a fertilizer plant in Texas almost one year ago can offer lessons to other 
rural communities when it comes to preparing for the worst

You might think you live in a sleepy rural community — one where “nothing ever happens” — but you’ll want to think again when it comes to planning for disaster management. “Just because you’re a small community, it doesn’t mean it’s not gonna happen,” said Frank Patterson, director of the Waco-McLennan County office of emergency

Pam and Clinton Cavers are eager to start making their value-added meat product again.

Pilot Mound prosciutto makers start over

Dried meat seizure off the farm last summer brought a simmering debate to a boil

Six months after food inspectors raided their on-farm meat shop and seized their award-winning prosciutto, a Pilot Mound couple has learned all charges against them have been dropped. Clint and Pam Cavers, whose old-world-style sausage earned top honours at the Great Manitoba Food Fight last year, have also been given the green light to go


New calculator assesses financial risk for cattle operations

Can show how sensitive an operation is to different selling prices 
and cattle price insurance coverage levels

A new decision support tool to assist cattle producers in calculating their cost of production and risk exposure has been posted to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website. Rancher’s Risk and Return is an Excel spreadsheet calculator that takes an innovative approach to assessing the market price risk that cow-calf and feedlot producers continually face.

Bid to furlough U.S. meat inspectors squashed

Congress approved $55 million to prevent the furlough of all U.S. meat inspectors this summer, a step that could have driven up meat prices and created spot shortages in grocery stores and restaurants. The USDA was planning the furloughs to deal with a $1.9-billion cut in funding. But in a special step, lawmakers shifted $55

New professorship in agricultural risk management

Staff / Lysa Porth has been selected to head the new Guy Carpenter Professorship in Agriculture Risk Management and Insurance at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. The professorship was made possible through a gift of $750,000 from Guy Carpenter & Company, a global leader in risk management and reinsurance intermediary services. The



Ag Safety Week organizers encourage farmers to get with the plan

This March, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), and exclusive corporate sponsor Farm Credit Canada (FCC) want to encourage farmers to “Get with the Plan!” just in time for Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 10 to 16, 2013. Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is an annual public education campaign