Agriculture News

Gene editing could boost producer profitability

Published on 01.24.2019 by Owen Roberts

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Peter Pauls, a plant agriculture professor at the University of Guelph, is holding two clear plastic bags about the size of sandwich bags, filled with colourful cranberry beans, also called romano beans. They’re a nutritious and lucrative niche crop, originally from South America.

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Using TFWP can help resolve farm labour issues

Published on 01.24.2019 by Trudy Kelly Forsythe

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With a labour market shortage leaving thousands of farm-related jobs empty, Canadian farmers are turning to temporary foreign workers. The latest figures show international workers made up 12 per cent of the national agricultural workforce.

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Where are the winter blues?

Published on 01.23.2019 by Bruce Burnett

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In case you missed it, there was Super Blood Blue/Wolf Moon on Jan. 21, 2019. This is a rare event that will not occur for another 18 years according to NASA. What is not exceptional about the event was that it was a very cold day over most of the country. If you could see the moon, temperatures were most likely well below normal when you went outside to view the spectacle. This comes as no surprise as the coolest temperatures of the year are usually recorded in the last two weeks of January. 

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Make death and divorce part of your transition conversation

Published on 01.17.2019 by Matt McIntosh

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The death of an owner or divorce can have devastating effects on farm businesses, in some cases wiping away generations of accumulated equity. Given these stakes, Robert Scriven, a lawyer specializing in agricultural law and litigation on behalf of farmers and farm businesses, says avoiding worse-case scenarios starts with having tough conversations and documenting decisions.

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Think ahead when developing a grazing plan

Published on 01.17.2019 by Craig Lester

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Not every year will be rough for forage crops and pastures like 2018. Some years are ideal for great growth, and experts say producers should use those years to replenish grass from the poor years.

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Rooted in Strength: Managing change on the farm

Published on 01.09.2019 by Cynthia Beck

Producer Cynthia Beck, a suicide intervention responder in rural Saskatchewan, explains how being proactive and facing challenges as they arise can help manage the impact of continual change in our lives.
Highlights:
Change is guaranteed in life
Plan accordingly
Keep lines of communication open in your business
Tackle challenges head-on

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2018 in review: A month-by-month look at the things that mattered to Canadian agriculture

Published on 12.18.2018 by J.P. Gervais

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One word sums up 2018, and that word is volatility. I hope you braced yourself for the ride that was 2018.

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Why potato farmers should plan now for 2019 crops

Published on 12.13.2018 by Andy Walker

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With close to 15,000 acres of potatoes unharvested this year due to early wintery weather across the country, industry experts advise farmers to start planning now for next year's crop.

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Get a head start on tax season

Published on 12.13.2018 by Richard Kamchen

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Tax season is approaching and now’s the time to start preparing.

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Female farm ownership on the rise across Canada

Published on 11.22.2018 by Céline Normandin

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A recent study found an increasing number of women own agricultural operations, but they encounter more bumps in their path than their male counterparts. This is the conclusion drawn from a preliminary study conducted by the Conseil du statut de la femme on the next generation of women in agriculture in Quebec.

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