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Saskatchewan to relocate ag extension office

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Saskatchewan government is set to make housemates of one of its crop insurance offices and one of its ag extension service sites east of Saskatoon. The province announced Wednesday it will relocate an existing agriculture extension services office from Watrous in March, moving it about 80 km north to the city of Humboldt. “We […] Read more

Central Ontario MP named parliamentary ag secretary

Reading Time: 2 minutes A former Belleville, Ont. mayor will now play a backup role to the federal agriculture minister in the House of Commons. Neil Ellis, the Liberal MP for the Bay of Quinte constituency in central Ontario since 2015, was named Thursday as parliamentary secretary for the minister of agriculture and agri-food, Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ellis was a […] Read more


Quebec ag co-op to power up on dairy cattle manure

Reading Time: 2 minutes About a dozen Quebec dairy farms will be getting their collective manure together next year for the province’s first-ever ag co-operative devoted to renewable natural gas. Coop Agri-Energie Warwick, launched Monday, plans to start construction this spring on a $12 million biomethanization plant which will take in slurry and manure from dairy cattle mixed with […] Read more

Maple Leaf lands ‘sustainability-linked’ credit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods is taking its recently-established sustainability cred to the bank. The Toronto food firm announced Wednesday it’s the first Canadian company to secure “sustainability-linked terms” for its credit facilities. Specifically, the company has picked up an unsecured committed revolving line of credit and two unsecured committed term facilities for a […] Read more


G3 plans two more Prairie elevators

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prairie grain handler G3 plans to add another 76,000 tonnes of grain handling capacity in southwestern Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta. The Winnipeg company announced Thursday it will start work in early 2020 on new grain elevators at Swift Current, Sask. and Vermilion, Alta. for completion in 2021. Both new elevators are to be built with […] Read more

Cattle producers get longer phase-in on new transport regs

Reading Time: 2 minutes New federal livestock transport regulations, due to come into force in February, will now roll out on a longer timeline for the beef and dairy cattle sectors. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced a “two-year transition period” for bovines, which is meant to provide “time to gather more data on effective solutions concerning the […] Read more


Field monitoring systems to cast wider Canadian net

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers will soon get a new entry point in the Internet of Things (IoT) as a new company brings field monitoring tools and services to the Canadian market. Austrian tech firm Pessl Instruments and Winnipeg-based Glacier FarmMedia, the owner of this website, on Wednesday announced a new joint venture, Metos Canada, to market and support […] Read more

Vermeer buys TMR mixer maker Schuler

Reading Time: 2 minutes U.S. hay and forage equipment manufacturer Vermeer Corp. is expanding its reach in the cattle feeding business with a deal for fellow Iowa firm Schuler Manufacturing. Vermeer announced Wednesday it purchased Schuler for an undisclosed sum and that Schuler products will still “initially” be sold under the Schuler brand, but with an “intentional transition” to […] Read more


StatsCan shows corn, soy output down across board

Reading Time: 2 minutes Despite increases in Ontario’s harvested acres for both soybeans and corn, the province’s production of both crops in 2019 followed the rest of Canada’s lower in Statistics Canada’s latest estimates. StatsCan’s November estimates for production of principal field crops, released Friday, dropped Canada’s production of soybeans to six million tonnes, down 18.5 per cent from […] Read more

That’s progress: Event rebrands as ‘Canada’s Farm Show’

Reading Time: < 1 minute One of Canada’s biggest annual trade shows is downsizing its brand to three words for 2020. Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. (REAL) announced Monday that Canada’s Farm Progress Show, running June 16 to 18 next year at Regina’s Evraz Place, will now be titled Canada’s Farm Show, with a “new visual identity.” “With the increase of […] Read more