U.S. livestock: Live cattle sag as wholesale beef prices retreat

Slaughter counts rising 'much faster than anticipated'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures fell on Tuesday, with the August contract hitting its lowest in nearly a month as the U.S. slaughter pace picked up, sending more beef into retail channels, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) June live cattle settled down three cents at 95.3 cents/lb., while most-active August ended […] Read more

With beer taps off, malt barley demand down

No significant drop in barley acres expected

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Declining beer consumption due to the COVID-19 pandemic will also lead to reduced demand for the malt barley to brew it — but acreage to the crop is unlikely to see much adjustment on the Prairies. “I don’t think there’s any question — without sporting events, and festivals, and concerts – that beer […] Read more

COVID-19 and the farm: Stories from the GFM network

Reading Time: 17 minutes COVID-19 has added an unprecedented level of uncertainty and disruption to the agricultural communities we serve. Throughout this crisis, Glacier FarmMedia is leveraging the strength of its farm news network to help you stay up to date on developments important to your family and farm. Look here for links to all the coverage provided by our […] Read more

Dairy farmers have been without some of their usual management services since mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Dairy services gradually return to farms

Milk testing and classifying service organizations create step-by-step plans

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy service providers are starting to return to farms. Most on-farm services, including animal classification, animal welfare assessment and milk testing had been suspended due to COVID-19.   Why it matters: Independent management information helps farmers make animal and farm business decisions.   Lactanet, which provides on-farm milk volume and content testing, started going back […] Read more

Panelists at the recent Canadian Club of Toronto event included Cathy Lennon, top left, general manager of Ontario Federation of Agriculture; Garnet Lasby, bottom left, president of Massily North America; Danielle Barran, president of McCain Foods Canada, top right. The event was moderated by Sylvain Charlebois, professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.

Panelists say COVID-19 outlines shortfalls in agriculture industry

More help from government and more local production could assist with recovery from the pandemic

Reading Time: 4 minutes In just a couple of months, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the food system drastically for producers and consumers. Panelists on a recent video seminar hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto say the food service industry shut down was the biggest impact on the agri-food sector and has made clear shortfalls and opportunities within […] Read more


Olymel pork plant workers take slaughter into OT

Over 800 volunteered for added shifts with charitable twist, packer says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Workers at three Olymel hog slaughter plants in Quebec volunteered for overtime shifts over the weekend to help clear the province’s backlog of market-weight hogs, the company said Saturday. Sollio’s meat packing arm said over 800 workers at its slaughter plants at Yamachiche and St-Esprit and the former F. Menard plant it now owns at […] Read more

Sollio outlines pandemic recovery plan for food sector

Support sought for automation, digitization, telecommunications

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa — One of Canada’s largest agri-food companies has laid out a five-point industry recovery plan for federal politicians to consider. During a meeting Tuesday of the Commons standing committee on finance, the president of Quebec-based Sollio Co-operative Group shared plans to limit consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agrifood supply chain. Sollio employs […] Read more

Two national campaigns launched for food supply chains

It's good, one campaign says, but could the sector have done better, another asks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa — The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is launching a new campaign to inform consumers on how the food system works. “It’s Good, Canada” will share personal stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain and provide information about farming, transportation, processing, retail and production on its website. “It’s natural for Canadians to […] Read more


Federal ag supports ‘too little, too late’ for mushroom growers

Timing of programs for TFWs, surplus food purchases leaves aid out of reach: CMGA

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa — Members of Parliament sitting on the committee dealing with agricultural issues continue to hear concerns over the federal government’s response to COVID-19. During the Commons standing committee on agriculture and agri-food’s online meeting Wednesday, representatives of the Canadian Mushrooms Growers’ Association raised “grave concerns” over the support CMGA members have received. CEO Ryan […] Read more

The Cheese Fest is a popular part of the Canadian Dairy Xpo, such as at last year's event, shown here.

Dairy Xpo cancelled, new poultry show still on

Management of the Canadian Dairy Xpo had hoped to run the show this summer after it was postponed from its usual April date

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Dairy Xpo (CDX) tried to hold on, during this terrible pandemic year for events, but in the end, a summer date in Stratford wasn’t possible. Gatherings of people are restricted to five in Ontario, and that means that events like CDX which attract more than 10,000 are unable to continue. Why it matters: […] Read more