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Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax is a significant added expense for farmers looking to expand.

Succession can be taxing if some land ownership isn’t considered

Does your succession strategy account for Land Transfer Tax? If not the repercussions could be costly

When it comes to transferring land, handing the farm to the next generation can be expensive. Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax (LTT), more specifically, can take a significant bite out of a family’s farm succession finances if an exemption can’t be achieved. Consequently, it’s important for farmers to know when LTT applies — and how to […] Read more

Dan Gardner, consultant and New York Times best-selling author of Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear and co-lead of The Risk Communications practice at TacTix.

How our brains analyze risk may help to open conversation to consumers

Language and method of delivery matter in the ability to overcome emotional responses

Dan Gardner, a New York Times best-selling author, explained at a recent food integrity forum that knowing how the human brain works when analyzing risk can be used to open conversations between producers and consumers. He told those attending the 2019 Canadian Centre for Food Integrity Food System Forum Series, that the consumer is becoming […] Read more

Timothy Caulfield, professor, dedicates his time to debunking the myths in the pop culture versus science debate.

Who should be trusted when it comes to the science of food safety?

The eating habits of consumers are changing and pop culture may be a big reason

Consumers are changing their eating habits, sometimes sparked by health restrictions and ethical reasoning, but misinformation is presenting farmers with their biggest struggle, said a University of Alberta professor. Dr. Timothy Caulfield told the crowd at the recent Canadian Centre for Food Integrity Food System Forum Series, that there is a breakdown in trust happening […] Read more

U.S. farmer debt-to-asset ratios are steady due to farmland keeping its value.

Economic challenges mean U.S. farm bankruptcies are up but land prices hold steady

USDA says farm real estate prices holding up, but the potential for a fall is there

Reuters – The United States Department of Agriculture is concerned about a potential decline in farmland real estate prices, but has seen no sign of that happening so far, said USDA chief economist Robert Johansson. Farmland prices are a key pillar of equity for the U.S. agricultural heartland, which has been suffering from lingering weakness […] Read more

The debate over whether climate change is caused by human activity has delayed acceptance of the need to change behaviour.

Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’

Man-made climate change increasingly clear in satellite records and can no longer be ignored, scientists say

Reuters/Oslo – Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said Feb. 26. “Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the American-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over […] Read more


Justin Bell (left) and John Brunsveld were speakers at the recent South Western Ontario Dairy Symposium.

Dairy farmers find opportunity in organic

At the 2019 South Western Ontario Dairy Symposium two farmers shared why they decided to transition to organic dairy

John Brunsveld and Justin Bell found opportunities in the Ontario organic milk market, and they talked about it at the recent South Western Ontario Dairy Symposium. Brunsveld produces organic milk on his farm, milking 125 cows. Bell farms in Chatham-Kent and was accepted into the Organic New Entrant Quota Assistance Program and hopes to be […] Read more

American farmers will likely plant more corn acres in 2019.

U.S. farmers seen planting more corn, less soy in 2019

The USDA estimates winter wheat seedings will fall to a 110-year low

Reuters – American farmers will plant 92 million acres of corn this spring, up from 89.1 million last year, while reducing soybean acres to 85 million acres from 89.2 million in 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture projected Feb. 21. The USDA projected U.S. all-wheat plantings for 2019 at 47 million acres, down from […] Read more

Wheat is one of four crops including soybeans, corn and rice, that make up about half of the agriculture land in use on the planet.

Crop diversity declining worldwide

Science Notes: The number of different crops is increasing in North America but other regions are moving more toward monocultures

University of Toronto – A new University of Toronto study suggests that globally more of the same kinds of crops are being grown, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale. The study, by an international team of researchers led by University of Toronto assistant professor Adam Martin, used data from […] Read more


Dr. Ian Potter, new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

New CEO joins Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Ian Potter comes to Vineland with years of experience managing research organizations

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland)’s board of directors has appointed Dr. Ian Potter as chief executive officer. Potter replaces Dr. Jim Brandle who resigned in November, starting April 1. Potter will also join the Vineland Board of Directors at that time. Over a 25-year career, Potter has served in senior leadership roles with both […] Read more

“The president listens. (But) obviously he has a different opinion about the benefits of tariffs, at this point in time.” – Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture

U.S. agriculture secretary agrees with Canada in tariff dispute

Sonny Perdue admits the U.S. President has a different opinion

Canada has a friend in Washington. Sonny Perdue, the United States agriculture secretary, believes the American government should drop tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico as soon as possible. “We recognize from our industry and our sector, it’s in all of our best interests to see that it happens,” said Perdue, who […] Read more