Category: Ag Policy

Why Canada’s rural infrastructure will continue to fall behind

By: Shaun Haney

February 15, 2018

One of North America’s largest advantages has been the infrastructure in place to move agricultural commodities from inland to the coast for...Read more »

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Competing on more than price for rented land

By: Lyndsey Smith

February 15, 2018

Sheep grazing mid-summer. Photo credit: Lyndsey Smith, 2017

Ontario’s soils are losing organic matter. What builds organic matter? Perennial and forage species! But if you’re going to plant perennial hay...Read more »

The crux of populist politics for agriculture

By: Shaun Haney

February 15, 2018

Greenhouse harvest is labour intensive and difficult to automate

Farmers and ranchers across Canada and the United States identify with a hard day’s work, family, and a life away from the hustle and bustle of the...Read more »

MacAulay launches six federal programs under new Canadian Agriculture Partnership

By: RealAgriculture News Team

February 13, 2018

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announces six federal programs under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership at the Canada’s Ag Day celebration in Ottawa on Tuesday (photo by Amanda Brodhagen)

With the five-year Growing Forward 2 agriculture framework wrapping up next month, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay launched six...Read more »

Market access “probably the biggest issue” facing the grains industry

By: RealAgriculture News Team

February 13, 2018

While much of the focus over the past several months has been on the pulse industry, with India’s tariffs on pulse crops, Canada’s cereal crop...Read more »

MacAulay non-committal on dairy program to offset CPTPP concessions

By: RealAgriculture News Team

February 9, 2018

Stock photo, 2015.

The federal Liberals remain non-committal on whether they will offer compensation to the supply-managed dairy and poultry sectors for market access...Read more »

U.S. dairy subsidies equal 73 percent of producer returns, says new report

By: RealAgriculture News Team

February 9, 2018

(Photo by Peggy Greb/USDA)

Comparing government support for Canadian versus American dairy farmers is not a simple black and white process. While Canada’s dairy sector...Read more »

What happens to government funding when a plant closes down?

By: Lyndsey Smith

February 9, 2018

Photo by Alan Levine (CC BY 2.0).

Let’s face it, the Powers That Be can’t win. When it comes to funding agriculture and food projects, we want support to advance agriculture and...Read more »

An old profession, but farmers are professionals — A Finnish farmer’s take on maintaining access to crop protection tools

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

February 7, 2018

(Source: Chafer Machinery, Flickr, CC-BY-2.0)

Regulations, by their nature, are country or region specific, but they can have spillover effects into other markets. This is the case with many crop...Read more »

New federal fisheries legislation aimed at “restoring protection to all fish habitats”

By: Kelvin Heppner

February 6, 2018

The federal government introduced amendments to the Fisheries Act on Tuesday aimed at restoring “protections to all fish and fish habitats that...Read more »

Nigerian sales growth shows how trade missions add value to Canadian wheat

By: Guest Author

February 6, 2018

Greg Porozni discusses the Canadian wheat crop with customers in Africa. Nigeria has the third largest under-18 population in the world, after India and China. (supplied photo)

by Greg Porozni, Alberta farmer and Cereals Canada director As part of the 2017 New Crop Missions, “Team Canadian Wheat” visited Canada’s top...Read more »

Water is the ultimate public good. So why doesn’t the public pay for its protection?

By: Lyndsey Smith

February 6, 2018

Sheep drinking at, but not walking into, the creek. Photo credit: Lyndsey Smith, 2017

I wrote a column last week that caused quite a stir, as was the intention. My tongue-in-cheek title did what it was intended to do: it sparked...Read more »

Alberta wheat and barley groups moving ahead under shared management

By: RealAgriculture News Team

February 2, 2018

Tom Steve discussing the move to shared management between Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley with Shaun Haney at FarmTech 2018 in Edmonton.

Having shared office space and administrative staff since 2013, the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley Commission are moving ahead under...Read more »

Do we really need to double food production by 2050?

By: RealAgriculture News Team

February 1, 2018

If you’ve been attending agricultural and food conferences over the last decade you’ve likely heard countless references to “feed the 9...Read more »

Conservatives to push Liberals on TPP compensation

By: Shaun Haney

January 28, 2018

(via @CPC_HQ, Twitter)

With the Canadian trade team agreeing to the Trans Pacific Partnership, there will be opportunities for the opposing parties to bring up issues with...Read more »