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To develop the new guidelines, Health Canada experts reviewed the science around gene-edited crops and concluded that the technology is safe for human consumption and the environment.

Health Canada declares gene editing safe

The ruling is expected to give Canadian producers access to the same types of plant breeding available in other countries

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian farmers may soon be growing gene-edited crops. That’s because Health Canada has declared that gene-editing technology is safe. Health Canada recently proposed new rules to oversee plant breeding innovation, including gene editing. Why it matters: Canada has lagged other countries in its regulations surrounding gene editing, which could have put Canadian […] Read more

Waneta treated with Gibberellic Acid (GA) shows strong, uniform early emergency on the left compared to the control on the right during the WD Potato Ltd. GA trials in 2020.

Treatment could manage chipping potato size

Gibberellic Acid could be a solution to using potato varieties too large for chipping

Reading Time: 3 minutes Potato growers know that size, consistency and uniformity matter to the bottom line and non-marketable potatoes at harvest can chip away at profitability.  Take the Waneta potato; a good chipper variety appreciated by growers but panned by some processors due to its larger size.  In 2020, Mark VanOostrum, supply manager at WD Potato Limited, along […] Read more

Like farmland, managed forests can provide healthier yields of trees.

Two forest stewardship organizations to merge

OWA and EOMF already share Kemptville headquarters

Reading Time: 2 minutes With two top staff members set to depart from the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) to focus more on their own businesses, the organization will come under the wing of the Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) – with which it already shares an administrative office and resource person in Kemptville. OWA executive director John Pineau is […] Read more

Students learn about farming through art

Reading Time: < 1 minute Good in Every Grain and CAFM are delivering art-inspired agriculture activities that incorporate key concepts in the Grade 1 to Grade 4 Ontario curriculum. “Students are more interested than ever in the connection between food, the environment and nutrition,” said Victoria Berry, manager of communications at Grain Farmers of Ontario. As part of the program, […] Read more

Sixty-five per cent of consumers say their behaviours and preferences for shopping and services like grocery have changed.

Shifting consumer expectations could be a challenge post-COVID

The pandemic hit the fast-forward button on trends already in progress

Reading Time: 3 minutes The pandemic ushered in technological, social and economic change for most Canadians, but did it change trends? “(It’s) simply an acceleration of trends we were already seeing, it’s not going to fundamentally transform our world,” said David Coletto, Abacus Data CEO at the annual meeting of Farm and Food Care Ontario. “But, perhaps, fast-forward us […] Read more

The federal government is willing to unlock $45 million to increase compensation rates to farmers, so long as the provinces agree to collectively contribute $30 million.

Opinion: The feds came with cash for AgriStability, but Prairie provinces are holdouts

Reading Time: 3 minutes Provinces expressing disappointment with the federal government for not putting its share of AgriStability funding on the table are being disingenuous and failing to take their share of responsibility for reform talks that failed largely due to their tight pockets. The AgriStability saga between Prairie provinces and the federal government continues, despite the two sides […] Read more

Nitrogen application innovation wins award

Nitrogen application innovation wins award

Reading Time: < 1 minute David and Roger Buurma’s ingenuity in developing a low-cost solution for side-dressing nitrogen in corn has won them the 2021 Don Hill Legacy Award. The Lambton County grain farmers have developed an easy-to-use rubber hose dropping system that enables efficient, accurate nitrogen delivery into a taller corn canopy using the 120-foot boom on their self-propelled […] Read more

COVID-19 PPE supplies challenge farms

COVID-19 PPE supplies challenge farms

OFA survey shows some farmers concerned about PPE availability

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) survey showed some farmers and farm businesses are struggling to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet COVID-19 safety protocols.  The OFA’s small-scale Agricultural Personal Protective Equipment Survey (APPES) of 498 members showed 16 per cent of respondents were concerned a lack of PPE would see them closing […] Read more

Snobelen Farms celebrates 50 years

Reading Time: < 1 minute Snobelen Farms is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2021.  In 1971, Mike and Judy Snobelen started the business with two grain bins on their home farm near Ripley, Ont. The business now operates eight elevator locations across southwestern Ontario and employs about 60 full-time employees.  Snobelen Farms remains an independent, family-owned company specializing in the […] Read more

The Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association has a significant project that looks to maintain grasslands by valuing their carbon-storage capacity.

Opinion: Following science, not ideology, critical in carbon debate

Reading Time: 3 minutes The march to some sort of agricultural carbon economy is on and it’s integral that we get it right if we go down this road. Policy can’t be driven by politics and ideology. Unfortunately, the science of carbon sequestration continues to be fuzzy, which leaves open the opportunity for opinion to guide the policy. There […] Read more