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The greenhouse gas impact from beef production in Canada has been reduced by 15 per cent over the past 30 years.

Agriculture and climate change

There is a positive side to the story of agriculture and climate change. Why is it so hard getting anyone to listen?

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Canadian Agri-food Policy Institute (CAPI) recently painted a picture of Canadian agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions that runs counter to commonly held public perceptions. The CAPI paper said generally the sector has its house in order. Canadian agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions peaked in 2005 and have remained steady at about 60 mega tonnes of […] Read more

Editorial: Canada’s election forgoes agricultural issues

Reading Time: 3 minutes There hasn’t been much to get excited about in the current federal election, especially if you’re interested in agriculture policy. Political parties have concentrated on their opponents more than on selling themselves. Agriculture has received little time in the greater discussion. In fact, as I write this, we still don’t even know the Conservative platform, […] Read more

Glacier FarmMedia opens bureau in Ottawa

Reading Time: 3 minutes These days I am becoming more thankful to those who do thankless work. About a month ago, I settled in Ottawa. I claim “the west” as home to those here who ask. Most of my growing up was in Calgary and the bulk of my journalism career up until now has been in Saskatchewan. Now […] Read more

WMO urges drastic action as global average temperature set to rise again

A 2015 treaty signed by 200 nations that set a goal of limiting warming to below pre-industrial levels is being changed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Geneva | Reuters – The global average temperature is set to rise to at least 1.2 to 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) official said Sept. 22, close to a limit adopted in a global treaty. The prediction came as governments met in New York […] Read more

New Queen of the Furrow Heidi Frey plows during competition.

Frey wins 2019 Queen of the Furrow competition

Reading Time: 1 minute Drayton’s Heidi Frey is the next Ontario Queen of the Furrow. She was selected to wear the crown during the 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Verner, West Nipissing. “I can’t believe this is real. I’m so honoured to be chosen out of this amazing group of girls that I’ve gotten to spend […] Read more

Kyle Koshalek, a research co-ordinator associate with the National Farm Medicine Center, shows new online tools that can help farmers reduce hazards on their farms.

Online tools help analyze farm hazards

The programs were developed in the U.S. with help from firefighters, who are usually first on the scene of an accident

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Firefighters and first responders have joined with farmers in the United States to release a slate of new programs that can address hazards. The online tools, which can also be accessed in Canada, include a checklist and a pre-plan map for emergency situations. Why it matters: Agriculture is a dangerous occupation, so […] Read more

Workers pause for a photo at Dancing Bee during a recent workday. They include Malcolm McColl, left, Edwin Newman-Jones, Travis Hill, Bill McKee, Cassandra Macklem, Jennifer Steedes, David Cressman, Todd Kalisz, John MacFarlane and Ibi Tatar.

Beekeeper makes a big bet on bees

Dancing Bee is a rapidly growing supplier of all things honey. Here’s how they got there

Reading Time: 5 minutes For more than a decade, Todd Kalisz’s adaptability and business sense has meant success for his Dancing Bee Equipment in Canton. But the business, already the largest beekeeping supplier in Canada, is taking its next leap, growing hive numbers and honey processing capacity. Why it matters: Honey bee producer numbers are growing across Canada, and […] Read more

The study was recently published in Science and has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds, said Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Saskatchewan’s Toxicology Centre and lead author of the study.

New neonic study points to songbird decline

The research, conducted in Ontario, says the insecticide suppresses appetite, disrupting migration

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The findings of a University of Saskatchewan and York University study may affect the fate of insecticide seed treatments in Canada. The study, which was published Sept. 13 in the scientific journal Science, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds. White crowned sparrows that consumed seeds coated with the insecticide […] Read more

Production insurance could help stabilize farmer incomes, according to Ontario Sheep Farmers.

Ontario Sheep looks into production insurance

The potential insurance plan would focus on production levels rather than price

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Sheep Farmers is investigating production insurance for its members that would help farmers guard against production declines. Meetings were held across Ontario for producers from Sept. 10 to 12 to discuss the risks they face within their production systems, and for Ontario Sheep Farmers to grasp producer interest in a production insurance program. “The […] Read more

Chicken farmers are looking for market development funding after trade deals resulted in the loss of some of their market.

Chicken, egg farmers still looking for trade package

A package for dairy farmers was announced before the current federal election

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicken and egg farmers continue to wait for a trade compensation package, which they had hoped to see before the current federal election. Their supply management cousins in dairy got the announcement they were looking for with a $1.75 billion package that will pay out $345 million in the first year of the seven-year program. […] Read more