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In light of the devastating drought and its impact on grain farmers across the country, the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) would like to thank Minister Bibeau for invoking the late participation provision for AgriStability. The announcement was made yesterday during the Minister’s tour of hard-hit areas in Manitoba.
Add stink bugs to the long list of pests showing up to represent in 2021. There have been several reports of brown stink bug being found in IP soys and dry beans.
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) reported strong financial performance last year, demonstrating the resilience and adaptability of the Canadian agriculture and food industry during a challenging time.
The governments of Canada and Alberta, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, are adjusting the crop insurance program. Low Yield Allowance is a standard part of the production insurance program, and is meant for situations of extreme heat and severe drought. Alberta is doubling the low yield threshold to allow for additional cereal or pulse crops to be salvaged for livestock feed. For example, the barley crop threshold will be increased from 150 to 300 kg per acre.
Producers in Manitoba facing severe drought conditions can expect relief with several initiatives announced by federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler. The first of the initiatives, available through Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) Hay Disaster Benefit, will provide an additional $44/tonne (for every tonne below coverage) to insured forage producers to help offset the additional cost of replacement feed and transportation due to the severe shortage of forage throughout the province. The benefit was last triggered in 2019 when over $5 million was paid on close to 1,200 claims. Typically, the determination of payments for this benefit would not be made until January, once the majority of claim and harvested production report data is processed.
Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced concrete measures the Government of Canada is taking to deliver the necessary support and resources for producers in areas affected by extreme weather. Minister Bibeau made the announcement at a press conference at The Forks, having spent the day meeting with drought-impacted farmers in Manitoba’s Interlake Region to see first-hand how drought conditions are creating crop losses, affecting crop quality, and reducing forage and water supplies available to livestock. The Minister was accompanied by representatives from Manitoba Beef Producers, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Keystone Agricultural Producers. Minister Bibeau announced the early designation of the Livestock Tax Deferral provision for prescribed drought regions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. This will allow beef producers who are forced to sell a significant amount of their breeding her
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association welcomes Minister Bibeau's response to the impact of the drought, however, they caution this is just the beginning. On Thursday, Minister Bibeau toured a drought affected area in Manitoba's Interlake region, after which she announced a number of drought relief measures, including the early designation for a livestock tax deferral program for producers who may be forced to sell a significant amount of their breeding herd due to the drought conditions. Reg Schellenberg ranches at Beechy and is in one of the drought affected areas in Saskatchewan where he says the last time things got this bad was in 1988.
The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN) at the University of Manitoba (UM) has been approved for a licence under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The RCFFN is home to a state-of-the-art grain milling and dry fractionation facility, which includes laboratory and pilot scale equipment suitable for research, pre-commercial and commercial milling activities. The SFCR licence authorizes the RCFFN to mill and air-classify crops such as beans, peas, and oats for human consumption across Canada.
On Thursday, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced measures the Government of Canada is taking to deliver the necessary support and resources for producers in areas affected by extreme weather. Minister Bibeau made the announcement at a press conference at The Forks, having spent the day meeting with drought-impacted farmers in Manitoba’s Interlake Region to see first-hand how drought conditions are creating crop losses, affecting crop quality, and reducing forage and water supplies available to livestock.
Producers in Manitoba facing severe drought conditions can expect relief with several initiatives announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler. “Our government is working around the clock with the provinces to help farm families coping with extreme weather conditions exacerbated by climate change,” said Bibeau. “The support through the Hay Disaster Benefit is one way we are helping Manitoba producers, who are under tremendous stress, to get through this crisis and toward a sustainable future.”
It never ceases to amaze me how food is so often closely associated with guilt. Cream buns, doughnuts and chocolate bars were the traditional treats, so often seen as “naughty … but nice”, wrapped in a blanket of guilt that is seen as somehow comforting. However, the “guilt game” has now been taken to a […]
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Tree planting can make a valuable contribution to a range of public goods, such as carbon sequestration, improved soil health, increased biodiversity, water quality and flood mitigation, all of which are under scrutiny on UK farms. However, little research has been done to quantify the benefits of planting more trees on farms, or how to […]
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Fungi produce toxic substances, known as mycotoxins, as a form of defence against the environment. The development of mycotoxins is subject to specific environmental factors, such as warm temperatures, high humidity and the presence of nitrogen and oxygen. The three predominant types of fungi – aspergillus, fusarium and penicillium – are often found in cereal […]
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Deutz-Fahr has revamped its 5-series tractors with improvements to the transmission, hydraulics and data transfer, as well as updating the three- and four-cylinder engines to Stage 5 emissions ratings. Power outputs range from 95hp for the 2.8-litre three-cylinder engine in the 5100, to 126hp in the biggest of the four models that run a 3.8-litre […]
A Welsh beef farm has lifted the rate of conception at first service in its heifers by 10% since using bolus technology to aid heat detection. Rumen boluses are more usually associated with heat detection in dairy herds, but Farming Connect demonstration farmers Llion and Siân Jones are monitoring their performance and relevance in a […]
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Two poor weather years and a move away from traditional long-stemmed winter wheat have been blamed for a shortage of thatching straw. The National Thatching Straw Growers Association (NTSGA) says there is a national shortage of good quality straw – whether combed or long straw. Thatching straw is a lot longer than straw from modern […]
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A Norfolk farmer is helping to fight the nature and climate crises with hundreds of native trees. Watching his young woodland grow is bringing joy to sixth-generation farmer George Atkin and his family. The new native trees, including oak, wild cherry and Scots pine, were planted to capture carbon and create wildlife habitats. Planted in […]
It’s been a long time since I’ve cried so much with laughter that my sides hurt. Binge watching Clarkson’s Farm had me in hysterics the other day. Then my son pointed out that I was in fact laughing at myself and all of us middle aged, slightly overweight farmers getting our tramlines in the wrong […]
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Agroforestry is estimated to be practised on 3% of the UK’s farmed land, but at 10% the Woodland Trust says it could help the nation hit climate change targets. In one example of the practice – shelterbelts – trees are planted to alter the speed and direction of wind, providing shelter for livestock and crops. […]
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Never having been a particularly big fan of either cars or public schoolboy humour, I admit that I was sceptical when I read that Jeremy Clarkson was making a farming programme. “Oh God, here we go,” I thought. “Prepare for every outdated stereotype about us in the book.” But as I began to see more […]
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