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Seed company names new varieties for soldiers

Reading Time: < 1 minute FP Genetics Inc. and The Royal Canadian Legion recently announced a new collaboration that will honour veterans and highlight the sacrifices they have made in service of community and country.  As part of this collaboration, The Legion’s Saskatchewan Command will accept and review applications from military and RCMP veterans and their families, and make recommendations […] Read more

Agriculture critic MP Lianne Rood asks a question in the House of Commons.

Carbon tax exemption: $235 million over five years

Government says Climate Action fund will pay for $11.9 million in projects

Reading Time: 3 minutes A report from Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Office says the cost of exempting more farm fuels from carbon pricing will cost $235 million over the next five years.  Why it matters: Ottawa’s carbon tax will increase farmer expenses but by how much is still in question. If certain activities are granted exemptions from the carbon pricing […] Read more

Letters: Time for a referendum on nuclear waste

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear editor, A year has passed since the land acquisition by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) in South Bruce. As a long-time resident, I am just as concerned and just as opposed to the possibility of high level irradiated used nuclear fuel waste being located in our municipality.  Research of the project has not […] Read more

In the Know is a new bilingual agriculture-based mental health literacy training program aimed at farmers and people in the agriculture sector.

In the Know addresses gap in agriculture-based mental health training

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Federation of Agriculture teaming up to deliver the training program provincially

Reading Time: 3 minutes A farmer often goes about their day in relative isolation, especially this last year.  Many will tell you there is reassuring sameness found on the farm when the outside world appears to be falling apart. However, when mental health issues edge in and you begin to crumble, that isolation can be a prison unless you […] Read more

Claire Cowan is chief executive officer of North American Plant Genetics, an Ontario company that sells corn seed to Ukrainian farmers.

Ontario company finds place in Ukraine

Independent seed company develops market to supply corn seed

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Ukraine, a country known for wheat and sunflowers, grows a surprising amount of corn. United States Department of Agriculture data shows Ukraine planted 13 million acres of corn in 2020. Canada had 4.5 million acres of corn in 2020, if silage corn is included. For the seed industry, 13 million acres is […] Read more

Meat plant support snapped up in eight days

Lobbying effort ongoing for increased funding

Reading Time: 2 minutes A $4-million provincial fund for meat processing plant upgrades was snapped up in just eight business days following its announcement in late 2020. Lobbying began almost immediately to have more cash added to the program. “We have heard from a couple of business owners who did not have their application completed before the window was […] Read more

Opinion: Ottawa needs to better communicate TFW strategy

Provincial information isn’t always aligned

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa is right to ensure temporary foreign workers will be able to arrive in Canada despite stricter travel restrictions due to COVID-19. However, it must do a better job of getting all the provinces on board.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Jan. 29 flights to and from sunny destinations will be suspended, but federal […] Read more

Many abattoirs “are booking into April 2021 and some are already fully booked for 2021.”

Searching for solutions to the lineup for abattoirs

COVID-driven increase in demand for small abbatoirs highlighted the long-term challenges

Reading Time: 4 minutes The organization representing smaller-scale meat processors in Ontario is creating a growth strategy to help draw new badly needed investment and workers to the sector. “We hope to show both government and smart investors that the meat sector is… a safe and smart place to make investments if you want to see a return,” said […] Read more

Agriculture is seen as a potential contributor to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Group calls for investment in farm greenhouse gas reduction

Farmers for Climate Solutions says $300 million is needed from government

Reading Time: 2 minutes A group of farmers is calling for the federal government to invest $300 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on farms. Farmers for Climate Solutions says such an investment could reduce agricultural emissions by 10 million tonnes. Why it matters: The federal government is currently working on creating its 2021 budget and there’s an expectation […] Read more

Wheat growing in Ontario could be guided by the Responsible Grain national code of practice, if buyers and sellers both desire it.

What does Responsible Grain mean in Ontario?

GFO believes sustainability parameters should be voluntary and clear to producers and the general public

Reading Time: 3 minutes The voluntary Responsible Grain national code of practice can be used by grain growers in Ontario, but it hasn’t resulted in the debate it has in Western Canada. Responsible Grain, a national code of practice for grain production, is currently being developed by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC). The initiative is intended to […] Read more