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True North to offer greener pastures for grass-fed beef

The processor is setting the foundations for a grass-fed program targeting cull cows and bulls

The processor is setting the foundations for a grass-fed program targeting cull cows and bulls

Manitoba’s only federally certified beef plant is on the hunt for animals that have never tasted grain. Carman-based True North Foods is on the road to becoming a supplier of grass-fed beef for an as-of-yet unnamed, major client. That client recently approached company owner Calvin Vaags with the request. A new program from True North Foods promises



Indian cabinet minister quits over farm legislation

New Delhi | Reuters — India’s minister for food processing resigned on Thursday over her opposition to planned laws to allow farmers to sell produce directly to bulk buyers and make contract farming easier, saying the legislation will hurt millions of the country’s farmers. “Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter and sister,” Harsimrat

COVID-19 has the potential to be as disruptive to the food retail and service industries as the Green Revolution was to agriculture.

Comment: Why COVID-19 will change the food industry, forever

Like the Green Revolution changed primary agriculture, this will change food sales

COVID-19 is likely going to redefine grocery shopping in more ways than one. Convenience now has a different meaning. It’s less about saving time and more about survival and safety. Before the crisis barely anyone ordered online, and many Canadians wondered why someone would ever order food online. Many things are changing, and changing rapidly.

Fraser: In ag marketing, emotions need to start trumping facts

Emotional transparency 'actually goes a long way'

Go to an agricultural event and someone will inevitably point out how bad farmers are at getting their message to consumers. As annoying as it is, those comments underscore an increasingly important theme in Canadian agriculture: communication. It used to be enough to grow and market your crops, but that has changed dramatically over the


From a financial perspective, the objective is to get the most bottom line net profit possible every year.

Using ratios to calculate your farm’s performance

Use this simple but powerful 
tool to see how you’re really doing on your farm

Last month, we looked at how a review and assessment of your marketing can help make your production sales more balanced, easier to manage and ultimately more profitable. This month, we’ll look at how these marketing practices are part of a bigger picture called gross margin efficiencies. As we all know, commodity sales are your

Poker strategy can help you make better marketing decisions, according to one author.

Thinking in bets

A poker champ turned strategy consultant can help you understand markets a bit better

Last month I explored a book called History’s Worst Predictions And The People Who Made Them, and the simple conclusion was that predicting the future is difficult. I said that: “While there is nothing wrong with financial forecasts or market outlooks, be careful of right or wrong statements and all or nothing thinking. Avoid words

Farmers want to do what is best now and for years to come.

Opinion: Gaining consumer confidence in the agri-food industry

Canada’s agri-food industry is moving forward with ways to strengthen and build its relationship with consumers. As consumers are more and more interested with what they eat and how it is produced, the industry needs to send a positive message. After all, the customer is always right. Recently Farm & Food Care Ontario hosted a


Ontario beef checkoff to rise by $1.50

Ontario beef farmers have approved an increase of $1.50 in checkoff per animal to fund an ambitious industry-wide marketing effort for Ontario beef. Producers at the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) annual meeting in Mississauga on Wednesday voted 87 per cent in favour of the plan. A similar plan was rejected at last year’s annual

Grocery store entry easier than ever

Even those with limited product volumes should explore these opportunities, business development specialist tells St. Jean Farm Days

It’s never been a better time to start a food-processing business. Where in years gone by there were nothing but barriers, now more grocery stores are keen to stock locally produced products, says a Manitoba Agriculture business development specialist. Gone are expensive listing fees to buy shelf space in stores, and you won’t find yourself