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Farmers still get failing grade on safety implementation

Canadian farmers need to make safety a higher priority, says the executive director of the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association. “We need to convince farmers to embrace a safety culture that is part of their daily routine,” Marcel Hacault told the association’s recent annual meeting. On average 104 people die in accidents on Canadian farms annually, […] Read more

Shippers gain bargaining clout over extra railway fees

Freight customers have every right to object to additional service charges piled on them by the railways, says a Supreme Court of Canada decision being praised by a shipper organization and a transportation law expert. The court ruled unanimously against a CN appeal of a cabinet ruling that the Peace River Coal Inc. had the […] Read more


USDA report card on CFIA — OK, but should try harder

A review last fall of Canada’s meat production and inspection system by U.S. food safety experts resulted in an adequate rating for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, but lots of suggestions for improvement. The U.S. is the biggest customer for Canadian meat, and the two countries have a reciprocal inspection agreement under which they accept […] Read more

CFA comes out in full support of new farm legislation

Government now has backing of most groups for omnibus Farm Bill

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has endorsed the contents of Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, meaning Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has the backing of most farm groups for the legislation. CFA had already endorsed the plant breeders’ rights portion of the bill but reserved judgment on the rest until it had time to review […] Read more


Menzies says he won’t lobby former government colleagues

New CropLife head says he will focus on dealing with other countries, farm groups and the food industry

Former cabinet minister Ted Menzies brushes off accusations that he intends to use his political connections as president and CEO of CropLife Canada to influence former colleagues. Menzies recently resigned as MP for the southern Alberta riding of McLeod to succeed Lorne Hepworth, a former Saskatchewan agriculture minister, who retires next year. CropLife represents Canada’s […] Read more

Ag Canada good at big disasters, but not small ones

Agriculture Canada is good at delivering financial help to farmers caught in large-scale disasters but rather tardy in assisting in smaller incidents, says Auditor General Michel Ferguson. “Providing quick assistance to agricultural producers is a key goal of the Agri-Recovery program,” Ferguson says in his fall report to Parliament. Timeliness is important to getting farmers […] Read more


Meat industry singled out for new penalties

The Canadian meat industry was surprised by an out-of-the-blue announcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that it is being singled out for a financial penalty regime for food safety infractions. Jim Laws, president of the Canadian Meat Council, says the agency had said the administrative monetary penalty system (AMPs) would be introduced to the […] Read more

Dairy farmers face major income loss from European trade deal

The Dairy Farmers of Canada estimates milk quota will have to be cut by more than two 
per cent, and producers will collectively see an annual $150-million drop in income

The proposed trade deal with Europe could cost Canadian dairy producers $150 million a year in lost income, according to the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Details of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are still being hammered out and it’s expected to be two years before the deal is ratified by the European Union’s […] Read more


New grains council head faces personal and professional challenges

Richard Phillips has taken over as president of the Canada Grains Council at a 
difficult time in his own life and one of rapid change in the grain sector

Richard Phillips was expecting plenty of challenges when he took over as president of the Canada Grains Council. But July 31, his last day as executive director of Grain Growers of Canada, brought him a challenge he hadn’t expected. His doctor told him he had an advanced case of bladder cancer. What was to have […] Read more

Provinces urged to follow Alberta and Ontario in setting up farmer-run helplines

Alberta and Ontario have established farmer-run helplines for struggling livestock producers and their accomplishments indicate similar services are needed across the country, says the man who runs the Alberta operation. “Every province should have one of these,” Darrell Dalton, interim registrar of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, told the National Farm Animal Care Conference. Alberta […] Read more