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Caulfield has hope for critical thinking in the age of misinformation
You need only read the titles of his books to know Timothy Caulfield is no stranger to calling out misinformation. Caulfield is Canada’s Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, as well as research director of the Health Law Institute at the... Read More...
Vermeer adds premium baler to its 604R lineup
Vermeer’s 604R classic and signature balers are familiar to many, but in late 2019, the company added a premium baler to the series, which adds more options and benefits to the baler. Josh Vrieze, product manager with Vermeer, was on hand at the 2020 National Farm Machinery Show to talk about the added features. “The... Read More...
WGRF’s plan for current tight capacity in crop-related research
The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) was created in 1981, when 12 leaders came together with the vision of an agricultural research funding organization that consulted with farmers, and worked with researchers. Since then, WGRF has provided more than $183 million in funding to support crop research projects. “It is a farmer organization,” says Garth... Read More...
Beef Farmers of Ontario elect new board executive
Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) has elected Rob Lipsett as its new president, with Jack Chaffe serving as vice president. Lipsett replaces Joe Hill, who stepped down after completing the maximum three terms on the BFO board of directors. The new executive was voted in at the 58th annual general meeting held last week in... Read More...
Taking control of what’s holding us back
It stands to reason that someone with a Ph.D. in counselling psychology, and the first female performance consultant for several professional sports teams may have some ideas for personal growth on leadership, stress, and attitude. “I was really fortunate that I started with the New York Rangers, and my actual first day on the job... Read More...
Canadian pork industry committed to ASF prevention
The spread of African swine fever (ASF) heightened starting in 2007, with the start of its spread across several countries in central Asia, into China (2018), and European countries as well. It is highly contagious, spreads rapidly, and is of grave concern to pork producers worldwide. To date, ASF has not been found in Canada.... Read More...
Farm groups put the pressure on Ottawa to act on carbon tax
Farm groups across the country have ramped up pressure on the federal government to address the impact of the federal carbon tax and to recognize agriculture’s positive contributions in capturing greenhouse gases. Both Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) in Manitoba and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) have released studies quantifying the cost of the... Read More...
Google’s focus on healthy, sustainable, social food
Think about the food future you would like to curate. That’s the challenge Michiel Bakker, Google’s director of global programs for real estate and workplace services, gave to Canada’s Agriculture Day attendees at Ottawa, Ont., this year. “So think about 2050 — what is your dream of what your food future should be from a... Read More...
Bourgault frame-mounted seeder delivers added manoeuvrability
A new frame-mounted seeding system from Bourgault Industries promises to give farmers added manoeuvrability in tight, restricted traffic areas. The Saskatchewan-based company rolled out the seeder at the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) earlier this month at Louisville, Kentucky. Bourgault U.S. sales and marketing manager Perry Weisberg notes that the new CD872 frame-mounted seeder is... Read More...
Massey 5700 Series tractors shift the workload
A new transmission will help Massey Ferguson mid-range 5700 Global Series tractors be more efficient workhorses for livestock and and hay operations, says AGCO, the tractor’s manufacturer. Two new models, the MF5710D (100 HP) and MF5711D (110 HP), will feature the convenience of the Dyna-4 transmission, making the tractors a strong fit for loader work,... Read More...
USDA, ABARES estimates highlight — this week in the grain markets
Grain markets ended the third week of February mixed, with the wheat complex gaining ground that was lost last week while corn and oilseeds had a red week. The latter was a function of larger acres estimated by the USDA at their annual Ag Outlook conference in Washington. While the market was looking for more... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Feb 21: An end to railway blockades, big fines for trespassers, and food delivery wins over meal services
On this Friday edition of RealAg Radio, stand-in host Lyndsey Smith is joined by: Jessika Guse for a double helping of ag news you can use; Sean Finn, executive vice president of corporate affairs with CN Rail, on the end of some rail blockades — though not all — and how long it will take... Read More...
Innovative farmer Mike Belan is building healthy soils and a brighter future
Like most Ontario farmers, 2019 was a trying year from Mike Belan. The Lambton county farmer sat tight last spring as his Brookston clay loam soil absorbed heavy rain, but Belan was confident his farm could withstand Mother Nature’s moisture assault. He’s learned to be patient thanks to a 30-year investment in building healthy, resilient... Read More...
CLAAS offers a cloud-to-cloud solution for machinery data
As technology evolves, more and more of the players in the machinery business are coming up with ways to store and track the data we get from our implements. With so many different moving parts, it begs the question — is there a way we can store our data cross-platform? CLAAS’s recent launch of DataConnect... Read More...
New livestock transport regulations in effect
While the full implementation of the rules will happen over the next 24 months, Canada’s new livestock transport rules came into effect February 20, 2020. Anyone who transports livestock — including producers — need to make sure they are familiar with notable changes to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Health of Animals Regulations (Part... Read More...
$2 million earmarked for updates to Ontario’s provincially licensed abattoirs
Provincially inspected abattoirs have until the end of April to apply for part of a $2 million Ontario fund aimed at improving food safety, animal welfare, and biosecurity measures at their operations. Available through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), eligible projects may include: capital upgrades for enhanced food safety, improvements in the safe handling and... Read More...
New grain code of practice aimed at increasing public trust, not paperwork
The new code of practice being developed for grain farms across Canada is aimed at proactively building public trust, potentially mitigating the need for increased paperwork and regulations down the road, according to the vice-chair of the Canada Grains Council. The voluntary code of practice — being created by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops... Read More...
Miller stepping down as chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission
The chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is stepping down from the post. Patti Miller will be leaving the federal department that regulates Canada’s grain industry in June, according to the federal agriculture minister’s office. “As Commissioner Patti Miller is retiring, I would like to thank her for her service to Canada,” says... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Feb 20: A seeder-planter hybrid, a grain code of practice, rye as a herbicide, and the latest on the rail crisis
Lyndsey Smith is back in the host seat with this Thursday edition of RealAg Radio. On today’s show: Rick White, with the Canadian Canola Growers Association, on developing a grain farmer Code of Practice; A recent poll on how the average Canadian feels about the rail blockades; Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, with this week’s Wheat... Read More...
Finding a path through depression: Joe Pillitteri
Life changed for business owner, comedian, and philanthropist Joe Pillitteri in 2008, when he suffered what he calls a “full breakdown.” “I had bought the business the year before, and in 2008, as everyone remembers, the economy just kind of tanked, and so did the business — or at least I felt it did —... Read More...
Port of Vancouver focused on evolving to future demand
The Port of Vancouver enables the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, and sustains $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada. It’s forecasted to grow at about 3.5 per cent annually, and there is much to do to prepare for that level of growth. “We’re very busy — have been very busy, looking 10-20 years... Read More...
Clean Seed to roll out lighter seeding unit with singulation capability
Clean Seed is rolling out a lighter, updated version of its Smart Seeder this spring after having formed a joint venture with a North Dakota-based ag equipment manufacturer. The Canadian company behind the CX-6 Smart Seeder (pictured above) has partnered with Norwood Sales, known for its Kwik Till products, to manufacture the new Smart Seeder... Read More...
5 geopolitical forces shaping the world for 2040
Fast forward 20 years to the year 2040. What will the world look like from a geopolitical perspective? The U.S. and China will still be locked in a “strategic competition” of some form says Jacob Shapiro, director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures, a Texas-based company that provides analysis on geopolitical trends. “I don’t see a... Read More...
Pottinger Novacat brings updates to the Alpha Motion series
The Pottinger Alpha Motion mower has been around since 1996, but with never-ending technology advancements come updates to machinery. At the end of 2019, the company released some updates to the implement to allow it to be more user-friendly. Marco Otten, sales manager for Pottinger, was at the National Farm Machinery Show at Louisville, Kentucky,... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Feb 19: BRM, group amalgamation, and the future of food
Today’s show starts with an update from host Shaun Haney on the continued controversy surrounding rail blockades. Then: The future of business risk management (BRM) programs, with Jeff Nielsen, Grain Growers of Canada, and Jack Froese, Canadian Canola Growers; Will we see more grower group amalgamations in the future? Fred Greig, Manitoba Wheat and Barley... Read More...
Register now for the Precision Decision 2020 Herbicide Resistance Management Webinar
Learn how to put precision technology to work against herbicide resistance in the Precision Decision 2020 Herbicide Resistance Management Webinar. Join the experts in their discussion on February 25th at 8:30 a.m. MST. Click here to reserve your spot. When: 8:30 – 9:30 AM (MST) – February 25, 2020 Hosted by Shaun Haney (Founder of Real Agriculture)... Read More...
Canola Council of Canada continues to work towards unified messaging across industry
At the end of the day, canola growers and the industry that supports them all want the same thing —  to increase yields, profitability, and sustainability, and reduce production risk. Curtis Rempel, vice president of crop production and innovation for the Canola Council of Canada (CCC), couldn’t agree more, and he says it’s our agronomic practices... Read More...
Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 19: Applied research applause, the trouble with too-big plots, and a friendly nematode
If you’ve ever adopted a new way of doing things after attending a field day or conference, do you let the researcher or extension staff know? Sometimes, research can be a rather thankless job, and many researchers don’t hear back on their work being applied on-farm. Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson came across just such an... Read More...
Early proponent welcomes Manitoba farm group amalgamation
There were celebratory handshakes and hugs among staff and farmers on the steering committee after the results of the Manitoba farm group amalgamation vote were announced last week at CropConnect. Among the crowd, standing nearby with a relieved grin on his face, was a farmer from southern Manitoba who led a public campaign to unite... Read More...
Soil School: Crop diversity and alternative fertilizer feed this soil
Knowing your soil and accepting your climatic challenges for what they are is key to choosing the right crops, cover crops, and soil amendments that will perform best. That said, sometimes it takes a major event to push for significant changes to the current status quo. Jenn Doelman farms at Douglas, Ont., and is a... Read More...

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