GFM Network News


Campaign seeks public support for farmers

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and other groups have launched a new advocacy campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the support farmers require because of the pandemic. Called “Food for Thought,” the campaign focuses on the rising cost of food, the number of jobs that agriculture employs and how the […] Read more




Are there shortages on your ranch?

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, along with other industry stakeholders, is conducting a weekly survey to determine any potential shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic that could disrupt the Canadian beef supply chain. The association will work with government and industry partners to provide support to avoid shortages and address any should they occur. A weekly update, […] Read more



New sustainable beef videos

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has a quartet of new videos on its YouTube channel, including one in which producers talk about their definition of sustainability. The roundtable also has new videos on the certification process and the principles of beef sustainability, both in terms of efficiency and in food production. The videos can […] Read more


Ranchers prefer conservation management agreements

Ranchers and farmers in Western Canada prefer conservation management agreements when it comes to protecting habitat, a survey of 200 producers by the University of Waterloo has found. These agreements are usually made with a conservation organization to undertake practices that benefit wildlife. Annual payments for habitat management were the preferred incentive. Market certification (having […] Read more

“The National Beef Strategy has provided real value for Canadian beef producers.”

Canada’s beef sector gets an updated strategic plan

An updated five-year plan for the Canadian beef sector will “take advantage of the opportunities facing the industry while simultaneously addressing the challenges.” The 2020-24 National Beef Strategy, a follow-up to a 2015-19 strategy, was developed by the Canadian Beef Advisors, formed by the seven national beef organizations. “The National Beef Strategy has provided real […] Read more



Fish habitat clause sent swimming

Senate amendments to the recently passed Fisheries Act repealed the ‘Deeming Habitat’ provision opposed by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The provision would have greatly expanded what could be deemed fish habitat to include any watercourse or water body with water flows able to sustain fish ecosystems.  It would have meant virtually all water bodies could […] Read more