Opinion: We can’t force the Chinese to buy our crops

We can, however, take steps to reduce the sector’s vulnerability to a big customer’s mood swings

Canadian canola farmers find themselves in a tough spot this spring as the snow disappears and they look across those vast empty fields, many of which, under normal circumstances, would be boasting pretty yellow flowers by mid-July. Canola surpassed wheat a few years back as the largest contributor to farm cash receipts from crops by […] Read more

Brian Tischler demonstrates how he’s able to drive his tractor autonomously using software on a laptop.

Autonomous technology hamstrung by liability risks

Just about anyone can build a self-driving implement using open source software, but “your insurance company is going to puke”

For farmer and inventor Brian Tischler, the question isn’t whether autonomous tractors are cool, possible, or useful — it’s how to overcome the liability risk if something goes wrong. Tischler told farmers attending CropConnect in Winnipeg recently it’s possible to build your own self-driving vehicle for around $1,000 using open-source software. He’s done it. That’s […] Read more

CAPI report focuses on quality of export growth

Exports are part of the agri-food sector’s journey — not the destination

There was heady excitement last year when the federal government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, led by Dominic Barton, identified agriculture as one of six sectors that could lead this country’s economy over the next decade. The prevailing response from within the sector was that ‘finally,’ agriculture is being acknowledged for the economic powerhouse it […] Read more

Tyson Innovation Lab launched its new brand, iYappah! with these protein snacks made from food trimmings that in the past were discarded.

Opinion: What’s for dinner? Re-imagining leftovers

Now we can all help the world’s second largest meat processor fight food waste

Sometimes deciding what to feed the family after a long, arduous day juggling daycare, jobs and traffic seems overwhelmingly complicated. If the May 31 news release from the U.S.-based Tyson Innovation Lab is any indication, deciding what we’re going to put into our mouths next is about to get more cluttered with new products, new […] Read more

Innovative egg-scanning technology moves closer to commercialization

Identifying the gender of eggs before they begin incubation saves costs, reduces waste and improves animal welfare

Commercialization of new technology that determines the gender of chicks before they are incubated is getting a $844,000 boost from Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Lawrence MacAulay has announced. The funds will help Egg Farmers of Ontario test and develop a patented egg-scanning technology called the Hypereye at the pre-commercialization […] Read more


Bacon doesn’t contain gluten, so why the gluten-free label?

Labelling can help consumers make choices but it can also be used to confuse them

It was enough to spoil my breakfast. As I opened a package of bacon to cook while camping on the holiday weekend, I learned from the label that it was “gluten-free.” Gluten-free bacon? I was confused. Since when does bacon, which comes from animals, contain gluten, which is one of the components of the proteins […] Read more

Opinion: Farmers’ beef with A&W’s marketing practices should end

The hamburger chain is selling burgers to people who weren’t customers before

It’s time for farmers to stop hating A&W. For more than four years now, farmers have tweeted angry tweets. They’ve written nasty letters. They’ve called on all of us to boycott the burger chain since it started serving beef produced with no added hormones, eggs produced from vegetarian hens, and chicken raised without antibiotics — […] Read more

Ontario farmland prices increased 9.4 per cent on average in 2017.

Ontario farmland price increases outpace national gains

Good crops, good prices and a strong supply management sector is fuelling demand

The average value of Ontario farmland increased 9.4 per cent in 2017, slightly ahead of the national gain of 8.4 per cent the latest price report from Farm Credit Canada (FCC) says. “Ontario’s farmland value increases continued to be fuelled by the strong demand from supply-managed farm operations and cash crop producers competing for a limited […] Read more


Canada’s supply management system may not be as impractical as some would lead you to believe.

OPINION: Why all the fuss about Canadian supply management? 

Two reports shed a different light on the debate over Canada's dairy supports

Canada’s dairy system has figured prominently in the rhetorical dust storm surrounding ongoing NAFTA renegotiations. The Canadian government has so far remained steadfastly opposed to any significant change. Two documents that surfaced this week help explain why. The first, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Regulatory Economic Impact Analysis of the Final Decision to Establish a […] Read more

The three trays on the left represent 10,000 canola seeds that were not put through the Harrington Seed Destructor before researchers grew them out. The two trays on the right show the low germination rate of 10,000 canola seeds after researchers ran them through the Seed Destructor.  Photo: Lisa Guenther

Destroying weeds – at harvest

The Harrington Seed Destructor is showing some potential as a way to manage weeds without chemicals – but will it work on Ontario weeds?

Combines and harvest practices in general are great weed seed distribution systems. Think of all those weeds going in the front of the combine and then blowing out the back, all over the field. But what if you could destroy most of those weed seeds before they hit the ground? Canadian research on an Australian […] Read more