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While much of Canada’s food and beverage industry has been hit by disruptions caused by the pandemic, the country’s chocolate processors and hazelnut producers hope to benefit from a combination of consumer indulgence and a growing “buy local” trend.
Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, applaud the federal government’s commitment to return a portion of the proceeds from the price on pollution directly to famers. This decision was announced in Budget 2021, tabled today by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland.
It has been one year since the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s (CFO) message to Ontario consumers remains the same – it is still Chicken as Usual in Ontario.
FMC Corporation, a leading agricultural sciences company, announced a commercial agreement with Syngenta Crop Protection to distribute FMC’s new biological seed treatment for corn and soybean in Canada targeting the suppression of key diseases and nematodes.
This week is National Soil Conservation Week (NSCW). “The Soil Conservation Council of Canada embraces collaboration with all groups and individuals who share our passion for protecting Canada’s soils. Together, we can improve soil health, we can bring the benefits of soil to all Canadians and we can strengthen our country’s role as a world leader in soil conservation,” said Soil Conservation Council of Canada Chair Kier Miller.
Federal Budget 2021 announced the government’s intention to return a portion of the proceeds from the price on pollution directly to farmers in backstop jurisdictions (currently Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario), beginning in 2021-22. It is estimated farmers would receive $100 million in the first year. Budget 2021 also proposes to ensure the recently expanded $165.5 million Agricultural Clean Technology program will prioritize $50 million for the purchase of more efficient grain dryers for farmers across Canada.
Memorandum of understanding reached to assess the technical and financial feasibility of developing irrigation in east-central Alberta. Irrigation has the potential to improve entire landscapes, communities and agricultural operations, bringing much-needed water to areas that need it. On top of providing crop, livestock and food processing operations with water, it also supplies municipalities, recreational areas, wetlands and wildlife habitats.
Over 170 On-Farm Slaughter Operation licences issued in Alberta. ‘There is tremendous interest in Alberta’s new On-Farm Slaughter Operation (OFSO) licence providing opportunities for a real farm-to-fork food supply from Alberta livestock producers to Alberta consumers,’ says Wanda Aubee, executive director, food safety branch with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
Program improvements maintain Alberta’s rat free status. ‘Increased lines of communication and advanced technology mean better response times to reported rat sightings and improvements in keeping Alberta rat free,’ says Karen Wickerson, rat and pest program specialist at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. ‘Along with the Rat Control team we have made some enhancements to Alberta’s rat control program.’
Wheat can replace corn in pig feed, although farmers should pay attention to quality factors, and energy and specific nutrient requirements.
Thousands of agricultural jobs could be lost as the government phases out direct payments to farmers in England, the Labour Party claims. Rural England stands to lose more than £255m this year alone as Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) cuts begin to bite, according to Labour calculations. Payments to farmers will be halved by 2024 and […]
Countryside Stewardship scheme farmers may be able to apply for a new five-year mirror agreement when their contract ends, Defra has announced. Mirror agreements will replicate eligible options and payments in an existing contract and are, therefore, simpler to administer while allowing environmental benefits to continue. The move affects farmers with agreements due to expire […]
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Stricter government targets on climate change will not include forcing people to eat less meat or dairy. The new government target is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035, compared with 1990 levels. This will become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021. Mr Johnson said: “We want to continue to […]
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ABP Food Group has bought West Midlands meat processor Janan Meat, a significant halal lamb and mutton business. Founded in 1992, Janan had a turnover of £56.9m in the year to 31 March 2020, up from £51.6m the previous year. See also: Sheep case studies and advice The 2020 accounts show a pre-tax loss of […]
Medina Dairy made a pre-tax loss of £10.1m in the year to 26 October 2019, according to the company’s most recent accounts. The annual report was published by Companies House on Tuesday (20 April), despite the filing deadline for the Windsor-based processor falling a full nine months prior, in July 2020. The reporting period covers […]
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The UK government must do more to back British farmers through public sector food procurement spend, says a cross-party group of MPs. In a new report (PDF), the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) committee urges the government to update its buying standards for food (GBSF) into the new decade, address outdated standards on nutrition […]
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Some pig farms have quickly gone from having to roll over 25-30% of their finished pigs each week to being told by processors they are short of contracted pigs. The usual tightening of supply early in the year and a legacy of lower production due to autumn infertility have helped work through a backlog […]
Potato planting was racing ahead in south Somerset this month, after farm manager Ollie Blackburn rejigged his crop rotation to improve soil fertility and structure for his spuds. He hopes to plant all his 80ha of maincrop potatoes by the end of this week in an April that has seen warm days and frosty night, […]
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Exceptional mastitis controls and an overall infection rate of just 7.8 cases for every 100 cows is allowing one Pembrokeshire farm to use antibiotics on just 10% of the herd at drying-off. William Hannah had routinely tubed all cows at drying-off, but he now does this selectively by working with his farm vet to only […]
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We’ve passed a watershed moment. Cattle prices have gone through the £4/kg barrier for all commercial categories, with natives well above that. It is being driven by consumers spending 15.8% more on beef and buying 12.7% more volume – long may it last. Republic of Ireland prime cattle numbers are down 12.9% year-on-year, so it […]
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