GFM Network News


New hope in the search for Ug99 stem rust resistance

It’s estimated that 90 per cent of global wheat varieties are at risk of contracting a devastating stem rust disease, Ug99. Discovered in Uganda in 1999, it has already affected crops from Africa to Western Asia – and it’s spreading. While the disease hasn’t reached North America yet, a team of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada […] Read more

Ag Canada scientist wins writing award

  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research scientist Ernest Small has been named winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Canadian Science Writing in the adult category for his book Top 100 Food Plants:  the World’s Most Important Culinary Crops. The $10,000 award was given out at a ceremony in Toronto on September 21st. Top […] Read more


Cervid Industry Receives Federal Funding

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced an investment of over $1 million to the Canadian Cervid Alliance to help the cervid industry capture new market opportunities and respond to the growing consumer demand for full traceability in livestock and poultry. The Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIF SI) is funding two projects that will help […] Read more

Potato centre rolls out new spuds

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Potato Research Centre (PRC) in Fredericton is offering 15 new promising potatoes to industry for further testing, AAFC announced Thursday. “Today’s release of these new and promising potatoes is a perfect way to mark the United Nations’ International Year of the Potato,” federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a government […] Read more


New Canadian pear named “Harovin Sundown”

The votes are in and the winner is Harovin Sundown, the new name for the newest pear developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) scientists in the Niagara region and southwestern Ontario. Niagara area MP Dean Allison officially announced the new name Wednesday at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Conference. The government, he said, is […] Read more