Being able to spray weeds like redroot pigweed early without spraying an entire field could help reduce costs for farmers.

Canadian weed sensing project could mean targeted spraying

Pesticides sprayed with more precision could reduce farmer costs and build consumer confidence in products

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A project that will examine the use of artificial intelligence to detect weeds and crop pests during passes over a field received a $12.8 million investment from Protein Industries Canada. Led by, Sure Growth Solutions Inc., Exceed Grain Marketing and the Global Institute for Food Security, the project is designed to […] Read more

There have been 1,391 loans approved for the FCC Women Entrepreneur Program, requiring $994.5 million.

FCC loan program for women proves popular

Investment in the program will now be twice what was originally planned

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A federal loan program for women offered through Farm Credit Canada is so popular that it will spend double the amount originally budgeted. Why it matters: Diversity in agriculture helps bring more qualified workers into the sector. The FCC Women Entrepreneur Program was originally a $500 million investment over three years, but […] Read more

More startling was the number of accounts with a balance of zero — 10,888 — and the number with less than $10,000 in them — 62,332.

Most AgriInvest accounts less than $10,000

Farm groups say the federal data discredits argument that aid must wait until producers use up program money

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Data sent to the House of Commons agriculture committee shows that most AgriInvest accounts hold less than $10,000 each. Only a small percentage of accounts contain $100,000 or more, according to a letter from Agriculture Canada to the committee. Why it matters: Farm groups have been making the case that emptying out […] Read more

CEBA provides up to $40,000 in interest-free loans and forgives $10,000 of that if the loan is paid off in 2022.

CEBA dollars prove difficult for farm access

Farms have trouble getting funding due to lack of business accounts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers continue to have issues applying for Canadian Emergency Business Account benefits after the federal government deemed them eligible weeks ago. The problem centres on the requirement to have a business account at financial institutions. When the program was announced small businesses had to have $50,000 in payroll to be eligible. They […] Read more

Preliminary data from a new study suggests that different soil health measurements will be required, depending on intrinsic soil qualities and management.

Soil health measurement project seeks standard set of indicators

The North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements hopes to recommend scientifically sound indicators

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Soil health measurements can vary widely depending on management practices, show early results from a North American study. Paul Tracy, who manages the non-profit Soil Health Institute’s project to assess 31 indicators of soil health in all three countries, said agricultural and environmental interests are promoting lots of measurement systems and indicators. […] Read more

Identity theft scams are becoming more complicated.

Farm has brush with identity theft

A cell phone number was ported and access to farm information, including banking, was gained

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Cattle producers Andrew and Laurie Johnson are warning others to secure their personal information after unknown fraudsters gained access to a cellphone and hacked into their farm operating accounts. The Bank of Montreal has said it will cover the losses, which Laurie said total hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the family […] Read more

Ontario has the highest reliance on foreign workers, meaning significant impacts from policy changes.

Ontario expected to have largest farm labour shortage

Large equipment that sits idle will mean greater economic impact of labour shortages in other provinces

Reading Time: 3 minutes Labour vacancies cost Canadian farmers in 2018 nearly double what they cost four years earlier, according to research released recently by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. Why it matters: More farmers are either not expanding or inefficiently operating their farms because of a lack of labour. That’s a problem for Canadian agricultural competitiveness. The […] Read more

There is a growing understanding about the need for better rural internet across the country.

First rural strategies aim at high speed internet

There are few details yet beyond internet announcements

Reading Time: < 1 minute The federal government has launched two strategies designed to create economic development in rural Canada. Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, released Rural Opportunities, National Prosperity concurrently with High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy. She said consultations pointed to high-speed broadband as the most immediate need in rural areas. Why it matters: About […] Read more

A proposal is on the table to determine whether royalties on saved seed should be included in new regulations.

Opinion: Better case needed for farm-saved seed royalties

Reading Time: 3 minutes Given that seed companies have the ability to negotiate contracts to collect royalties, the definitive argument for government regulation to sanction royalties applied to saved seed has yet to be made. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is in the midst of a consultation process on a proposal to determine whether royalties on saved seed should be […] Read more