There are increasing demands to certify – and pay farmers – for growing crops in ways that fit definitions like “regenerative”.

Low-carbon plan aims for premiums

Agriculture companies increasingly see carbon scoring as opportunity

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – What does it take to produce a bushel of grain? How much fertilizer, fuel, chemical and carbon? These are questions a new company — Gro Network — hopes to answer. If things go as planned, farmers who participate in Gro Network’s low-carbon grain scoring program will receive premium pricing for every bushel […] Read more

Seed industry group amalgamation moves to be voted on later in summer

Seed Canada could be formed by the coming together of five organizations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The Canadian seed industry is expected to vote this summer on a proposal to form a new seed organization called Seeds Canada. In a June 19 news release, the Canadian Seed Trade Association announced that five national seed industry associations are taking a step toward amalgamation. Why it matters: If the proposal […] Read more

Seed companies have confirmed that they are considering the introduction of back-end variety-use contracts on a trial or pilot basis, possibly as early as this year.

Federal seed royalty consultations remain in limbo

The federal government is looking at economic implications

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The future of seed royalty fees remains unclear, as does the future of Ottawa’s consultations, which were cut short last year. A federal consultation on the issue was sidelined when the Liberal government turned its attention to the 2019 federal election. Why it matters: The issue of how royalties will be charged […] Read more

It is thought that many farmers don’t yet know about the changes that could cost them money.

Farm-saved seed royalty decision delayed indefinitely

An economic impact analysis considered key by some has not yet been completed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – How to collect royalties on farm-saved seed was a key issue for seed industry organizations gathered in Whistler, B.C., in mid-July. However, a final decision doesn’t seem likely any time soon as different groups continue to grapple over the best way to collect royalties on newer varieties of seed. As well, knowledge […] Read more

Canadian dairy producers were told money has been earmarked but specifics are yet to be announced.

Canada’s dairy sector still waiting for compensation details

Feds had promised to say by end of June how they would compensate supply managed farmers for loss of market

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made a brief stop at Dairy Farmers of Canada annual meeting in Saskatoon recently, where she spoke with Canadian dairy producers and announced an $11.4 million federal contribution to the Canadian dairy research cluster. However, she failed to deliver the information that Canadian dairy farmers have been […] Read more