Opinion: Glyphosate a tool for farmers, not a politician’s tactic

Opinion: Glyphosate a tool for farmers, not a politician’s tactic

Glyphosate review aimed to bring Canada’s limits in line with international norms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Ahead of a federal election call, three federal ministers called a halt to a process that would likely have yielded quick results on increasing the maximum residue limits for glyphosate applied to dry beans, lentils and peas. Regular reviews of the scientific data for safe levels of pesticides on food products and […] Read more

Cattle futures are up because the market is looking at the smaller U.S. and Canadian cow herds and lower feed supply.

Hot U.S. beef market set to cool off

Analysts expect prices to decline but eventually level off at values higher than what were seen before the pandemic

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The American beef market is declining and likely to work lower after a spring of phenomenal demand, says an analyst. Rob Murphy, executive vice-president at J.S. Ferraro, said the market is backing off toward normal. Why it matters: Packing plants have been the big winners as the retail price of beef rose […] Read more

Doug Hedley, assistant deputy minister of farm financial programs from 2001-04, says AgriRecovery is the right program to use during this year’s widespread drought.

More flexibility urged for next ag policy round

Former assistant deputy agriculture minister says farm programs must be designed differently because world has changed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Rising east-west tensions could erode the foundation of Canada’s agricultural policy framework even as governments negotiate the next one, says a former federal civil servant. Douglas Hedley, in a paper commissioned by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, said the stability established through common policies 20 years ago is now shaky. He helped […] Read more

Connecting smart sensors and devices and using big data analysis and mathematical and artificial intelligence models in growing-to-finishing operations can decrease protein intake by 25 per cent and nitrogen excretion by 40 per cent, says an AAFC research scientist from Quebec.

Precision feeding has greater potential in hog operations

Researchers say precision livestock nutrition could become part of commercial hog operations

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Precision livestock nutrition can maximize nutrient use and profitability in hog operations. PLN, as it’s known, is part of the emerging concept of smart farming, or precision livestock farming, that uses information and technology to monitor and control farm processes. Nutrition is a key part of that, said Dr. Candido Pomar, research […] Read more

Research shows birds that were subject to more darkness ate more frequently and sharply increased anticipatory feeding when they knew the lights were soon going to dim.

Study sheds light on how chickens adjust to the dark

Research shows birds anticipate darkness and eat accordingly to maintain feedstuffs throughout the gastrointestinal tract

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Broiler chickens learn when their barns will go dark and adjust their feeding patterns so they have feed in their systems throughout that time, research at the University of Saskatchewan has found. This leads to better feed efficiency, reduced mortality and heavier market weights. Why it matters: Contrary to popular belief, longer […] Read more

The benefits of reducing methane are two-fold. It results in lower greenhouse gas emissions and increases available energy to cattle.

Reducing methane can benefit livestock

A combination of strategies is focus of new research

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reducing methane emissions from cattle likely depends on more than one strategy, a researcher told the Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada. Dr. Cecile Martin from the Université Clermont Auvergne in France said feeding strategies and phenotypic selection both have roles to play. Why it matters: Strategies have emerged over the years to combat methane emissions, […] Read more

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 Precision.ai., 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