Highlights / agriculture

Arts and Entertainment, Environment, International

The international plowing match 2019

If you like horses, old tractors, new tractors, antique farm equipment, new farm equipment, crafts, food, old skills, a variety of skills testing and competitions like, oh say, pumpkin launching, and agriculture in general, then you would know about the» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

‘Super-weeds’- a new and growing problem for farming

You’ve heard of antibiotic resistant “super-bugs”, now we have herbicide resistant “super-weeds” We have long been hearing about the very serious concern of anti-biotic resistant bacteria, but farmers around the world are facing a similar type of problem. Weeds are» 

Economy, International, Politics

Canada confident Italy will eventually ratify CETA, Freeland

Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said Thursday she is confident Italy will eventually ratify a sweeping free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union despite opposition to the deal by the new government in Rome. She was responding to reports» 

Economy, International, Politics

Agriculture minister heads to China to boost Canadian food exports

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay is heading to China on a week-long trade mission to showcase Canada’s agri-food and seafood and boost Canadian agricultural exports, officials said Friday. During his trip to China from May 14 to 18, MacAulay is expected to hold» 

Health

Anxious, depressed farmers need help: foundation

A survey of more than 1,100 Canadian farmers found that 45 per cent had high stress, 58 per cent were classified with varying levels of anxiety and 35 per cent with depression. That’s two to four times higher than farmers» 

Economy, International, Politics

Farmers voice their support for NAFTA

Donald Trump became president of the United States in large part thanks to their steadfast support. But now they want Trump to back off one of his key election promises and stop threatening to tear up the North American Free» 

Economy, Environment, Society

Succession: Whither the family farm in Canada?

Canada was built by settlers clearing the land and farming the wilderness. Family farms were a long time mainstay of the Canadian economy, but now there is concern. Canadian farmers are ageing, and very few have plans for children or» 

Economy, Environment, Society

Canadian farms: fewer, bigger, older

It seems that the amount of farmland in Canada is growing, but the average age of operators (farmers) continues to increase, while the numbers of actual farms is slowly decreasing. These are the latest findings from the national statistics gathering» 

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

50 years success for foreign workers and for Canada

It’s a fairly unique programme now approaching its 50th year. It’s called the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). Formed by a coalition of farmers, it is run by a non-profit group with a mere handful of staff called the Foreign» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Canada ‘must’ review pesticides banned in Europe

It’s been a three-year legal battle but environmental groups in Canada are claiming a victory. In 2013, the groups Equiterre and The David Suzuki Foundation launched a suit saying the federal government had an obligation to review 350 pesticides and»