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Manitoba extends forage insurance survey deadline

Review's face-to-face public meetings cancelled

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoba’s provincial review of its relatively under-subscribed crop insurance offerings for forage growers has extended its deadline for grower comment. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC) last week announced it has cancelled all in-person public meetings on its forage insurance review, citing the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. But the agency has extended the deadline to take part […] Read more

Fraser: Bibeau buying time, BRM not a federal priority

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal government is buying time when it comes to making drastic improvements to AgriStability and other business risk management (BRM) programs. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recently announced minor, cost-free tweaks to AgriStability, during the same week the public was given an updated look at Canada’s fiscal situation. That update shows the Liberal government’s […] Read more


Grain groups give low marks to AgriStability tweaks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ottawa — A recent meeting of the country’s agriculture ministers failed in providing effective support for farmers facing challenges, Grain Growers of Canada chair Jeff Nielsen says. Only minor changes were made to AgriStability, the main priority item on the agenda for the Ottawa meeting held Tuesday. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her provincial […] Read more

Dreyfus to cut costs amid trade jitters, swine fever

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters — Agricultural commodities giant Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC) has launched a cost-cutting and reorganization drive in the face of difficulties confronting global trading houses, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Wednesday. LDC confirmed the memo’s authenticity in a statement, saying the company aimed to optimize its cost base […] Read more


Review of red meat’s risks spurs scientific food fight

Reading Time: 3 minutes London | Reuters — Cutting back on red and processed meat brings few if any health benefits, according to a review of studies involving millions of people, a finding that contradicts dietary advice of leading international agencies and raised immediate objections from many health experts. Most people can continue to eat red and processed meat […] Read more

U.S. EPA draft report calls out atrazine for risk to animals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — One of the most popular herbicides in U.S. agriculture can be dangerous to animals and fish and leaves behind worrisome residue levels, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a draft report that sparked outrage among farmers. The agency’s assessment of atrazine could lead to tighter regulatory limits on […] Read more