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Ontario MDS volunteers already moving hay west

Disaster response group spearheading program separate from CFA plan

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s in the spirit of co-operation in difficult times that a group of Ontario farmers have launched a hay donation program to assist their Saskatchewan counterparts. Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada, a volunteer organization that provides assistance in the aftermath of disasters in Canada and the U.S., is organizing the latest iteration of Hay West […] Read more

While some young women were busy with family or other commitments to join an ag organization, in some cases they also felt like they weren’t welcome in their community, says one consultant.

Agriculture leaders lean in to gender equity

Across the country, women and men are not only identifying remaining barriers to equity, but also finding ways to make agriculture a more welcoming industry for everyone

Reading Time: 8 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Despite the incredible strides made by Canadian women in agriculture over the past decades, challenges persist for many. You don’t have to dig far to find stories of women being disrespected by salespeople, having trouble securing loans, or fending off sexual harassment at agricultural events. One challenge that often comes up in the Ag […] Read more


Producers can feed test standing crops by grabbing 20 to 25 samples, says Bart Lardner.

Beware of high nitrate levels in drought-stressed forages

Feed tests the ideal starting point when managing forages with nitrate accumulation

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Feed testing is your first priority when it comes to dealing with high nitrate levels in drought-stressed forages.  Bart Lardner, professor of animal and poultry science at the University of Saskatchewan, says that nitrate accumulation can be more of an issue with annual forages during a dry, hot summer, and it’s important […] Read more

Jourdyn Sammons.

Moving towards a career with purpose

Discovering an interest in range management has broadened Jourdyn Sammons' educational opportunities

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – When Jourdyn Sammons joined the University of Saskatchewan’s Range Team in her third year of undergraduate studies, it led to an exciting field of study that’s positively shaped her educational experience.  “We talk about varying topics like ecology and grazing practices and multiple-use relationships, like how people can utilize rangeland for its facilities,” says Sammons, who grew up on a cow-calf and grain farm […] Read more


Beef cattle feeding in Ontario. (DebraLee Wiseberg/iStock/Getty Images)

COVID-19 strains already-battered Ontario beef industry

Limited processing capacity remains financial challenge for province's feedlot sector, despite recent increase in retail demand

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario’s beef industry was already in the midst of an economic crisis, but COVID-19 is worsening the financial toll on the province’s cattle feeders. Due to extremely limited processing plant capacity, an uncompetitive market and disruptions to trade and market access, Ontario’s beef industry was losing an average of more than $2 million per week […] Read more