Fertilizer has one of the biggest impacts on the climate, says the NFU, noting that more precise use could help farm profits and the environment.

NFU paper proposes climate, farm income solutions

Making less use of fertilizers as part of integrated operations is one recommendation

Reading Time: 2 minutes The global climate crisis is interlinked with the financial crisis on Canadian farms, according to a new discussion paper from the National Farmers Union, which proposes changes that it said could help the sector become part of the solution to both major issues. Compiled by Darrin Qualman in collaboration with the NFU, the 102-page document […] Read more

Thunder Bay wraps up active shipping season

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The last cargo vessel of the year departed the Port of Thunder Bay on Sunday, bringing total cargo shipments through the facility to their highest level in half-a-decade. “Strong shipments of Prairie-grown grain and other dry bulk commodities from Western Canada buoyed the port’s cargo tonnage to 9.3 million metric tonnes, the highest […] Read more

NFU paper lays out solutions for climate, farming challenges

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The global climate crisis is interlinked with the financial crisis on Canadian farms, according to a new discussion paper from the National Farmers Union (NFU). The paper proposes changes to agriculture practices that could help the sector become part of the solution to both major issues. Compiled by Darrin Qualman in collaboration with […] Read more

Canadians to spend more on food in 2020, report predicts

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canadians will spend two to four per cent more on food in 2020, according to the latest Canada Food Price Report from researchers at Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab and the University of Guelph. The average family in the country will see its total food bill for groceries and restaurant meals rise by […] Read more

Canada’s canola crush posts new monthly record

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian oilseed processors set a new monthly record in October 2019, crushing 882,301 tonnes of canola during the reporting period, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The crush pace was up by 114,000 tonnes from the previous month and compares with the year-ago October crush of 786,770 tonnes. The previous single […] Read more


Alberta Canola Producers sees director races in Regions 4 and 7

Reading Time: < 1 minute There will be elections in two of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission’s (ACPC) 12 regions, according to a statement from the commission. In Region 4, incumbent John Mayko of Mundare will square off against challenger Kyle Tarkowski of Myrnam. The candidates will speak at the regional meeting in Vegreville on Nov. 20. In Region 7, […] Read more

Five acclamations in Alberta Wheat Commission election

Reading Time: < 1 minute Three directors and two regional representatives for the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) were acclaimed, according to a statement issued by the commission. Each of the five regions of the AWC includes two directors and three regional representatives, serving a maximum of two consecutive terms of three years. The directors are sitting members of the board […] Read more

Poor weather continues to hamper Alberta harvest

Reading Time: < 1 minute Snow, rain and cold winds continued to hamper harvest operations in Alberta during the week ended Oct. 29, according to the latest provincial crop report. Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 per cent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. Southern Alberta was farthest along, at 95 per […] Read more



Pulse weekly: Large supply of feed chickpeas drags prices

Reading Time: < 1 minute Saskatchewan’s chickpea crop hasn’t been exempt from this season’s challenging harvest conditions. As of Oct. 21, 20 per cent of the province’s chickpea crop was unharvested. What still remains on the field will likely be feed quality at this point. Colin Young of Midwest Grain Ltd. in Moose Jaw, Sask. explained that some chickpea fields […] Read more