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Federal Agricultural Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the carbon tax impact on grain drying is “not that significant.”

CFA urges government to better consider agriculture

The sector shouldn’t be ‘collateral damage’ when government direction is set

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) wants to see Ottawa doing a better job of considering farmers when making decisions. That theme emerged from the recent annual general meeting of the group, held in Ottawa. “There’s a lot of good, sound policy in there that we want to see and move forward. But, you know,

Grain Commission’s chief announces retirement

AAFC's review of Grain Act, and of CGC's future, continues

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is seeking a new chief commissioner. Patti Miller, who has held the position for three years, announced Tuesday to CGC staff that she will retire June 26. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) “will be launching an open, transparent and merit-based process to find a new commissioner as soon as possible,”


Feds promise funds for hog disease risk pilot

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau was in Winnipeg last week to announce over $482,000 to enhance risk management in the pork sector

Manitoba’s pork industry will get funding to revamp risk management against diseases such as PED (porcine epidemic diarrhea), federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced in Winnipeg Feb. 13. Bibeau announced over $482,000 in federal funds for the Manitoba Pork Council. The funds will be used to launch a two-year pilot program meant to, “create an

Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal agriculture minister, attended CropConnect 2020 last week in Winnipeg.

Bibeau announces funding, but offers little on standing issues

The federal agriculture minister spoke briefly last week in Winnipeg

The federal agriculture minister told CropConnect attendees about two new programs last week, but had little new to say on long-standing producer concerns. Marie-Claude Bibeau was at the annual event to meet with Manitoba farmers and while there announced a total of $1.2 million in funding for the grain industry. Most of the money is

Marie-Claude Bibeau.

VIDEO: Bibeau announces grain code of practices

The grain industry is thus far applauding the move to document production practices

Canadian grain farmers will soon have a “first-ever” grain production code of practices, following an announcement by the federal agriculture minister at Crop Connect 2020 in Winnipeg. Marie-Claude Bibeau said the federal government will be providing $800,000 in funding for the program, intended to document the practices for trading partners and consumers. It will demonstrate



Younger aggies sought for new Canada-wide council

Twentysomethings and 18- and 19-year-olds who are working in Canadian agriculture and agri-food and “interested in shaping the future of the sector” are being sought for a new federal ag policy advisory council. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Friday launched the application process for membership in a new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council, setting the

Manitoba producers are eligible for the Hay Disaster Benefit for a second year.

Short feed triggers Hay Disaster Benefit for second year

Until last year, Manitoba had never triggered the Hay Disaster Benefit built into AgriInsurance

Manitoba’s Hay Disaster Benefit has been activated for the second year in a row after forage once again fell short of expectations in 2019. Estimated payments are far in excess of last year. On Jan. 10, the provincial and federal governments said they expected payments to exceed $5 million for losses suffered in 2019, compared


Fraser: The case against carbon pricing for farmers

The federal government continues to suggest the carbon tax imposed on Prairie farmers is necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may not be causing undue harm to the country’s agricultural sector. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau speaks publicly about “special considerations” for farmers, while at the same time openly questioning carbon pricing’s effect on their

Canadian cattle producers continue to miss market opportunities due to BSE, and Conservatives say a key deadline was missed.

Conservatives criticize Liberals for missing BSE risk status deadline

Canada had an opportunity to boost its BSE risk ranking, which would improve market access

The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is criticizing the federal government for missing a deadline to apply for a more favourable World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) designation for beef exports. CPC Agriculture Critic John Barlow says Canadian ranchers were given a “stunning setback” because the federal Liberal government missed a deadline this summer to