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Ag census shows fewer total farmers, but more young ones

The typical farmer has already missed the Freedom 55 boat, but the sector is attracting more young people and women

There are fewer Canadian farmers, and those over 55 still outnumber their younger peers. But the number of operators under age 35 years has increased for the first time since 1991. But the number of young farmers remains modest, according to the 2016 Census of Agriculture. According to the census, there were 271,935 farmers in […] Read more


Most Prairie farmers taking a wait-and-see attitude to precision ag

A new online survey found just about everyone uses GPS but less than half 
use advanced imaging and variable rate

Prairie farmers are casting glances at precision ag, but not embracing it yet, a new survey suggests. The online 42-question survey commissioned by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada didn’t get a big response — 261 producers participated — but it offers a glimpse into how farmers view the highly touted technology. The poll found adoption of […] Read more



Producers encouraged to create pollinator habitat

A program that helps producers create pollinator habitat and refuges is coming to Alberta. To enrol in the Operation Pollinator program, producers agree to convert one to two acres of lower-productivity land to establish a pollinator habitat. In exchange for dedicating the land, producers receive a provision of high-quality, pollinator-friendly wildflower seed, agronomic advice, and […] Read more


Crop insurer says it is ‘streamlining’ inspection process

AFSC is also asking producers to gather information to speed up the assessment of unharvested acres


Here’s what AFSC says it has done to “streamline inspection processes in order to expedite assessments”: The number of required field counts has been reduced when appraising wildlife damage and potential production on the unharvested acres, relying on the inspector’s judgment to do more counts when required. Allow visual appraisals on crops where, in the […] Read more



Precision ag survey 2017

[LINK] Analysis of Precision Agriculture Adoption & Barriers in western Canada: Producer Survey of western Canada Prepared for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada by Dale Steele, P.Ag.


Unfarmed areas could offer yield boost

Does unfarmed land next to your fields boost yields? A new University of Calgary study aims to see if fields next to grassed areas, fencelines, wetlands, tree lines, and similar adjacent areas have higher yields. Studies in the U.S., U.K., Northern Europe, and Australia have found that, like shelterbelts, unfarmed areas give a yield boost. […] Read more



New egg layers code wins praise

The revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Layers is a “tremendous achievement,” says the Egg Farmers of Alberta. The code is the foundation for the egg industry’s animal welfare standards, and informs enhancements to the national Animal Care Program. The new Code of Practice is the result of “a rigorous and […] Read more


Bashaw agri-retailer to share the wealth

Bashaw Crop Services is one of four Canadian agri-retailers to be given $15,000 to donate to worthy causes. It was chosen in a contest put on by ADAMA Canada, which encouraged people to vote for agri-retailers that have made an outstanding contribution to their community. Fifty-two businesses were nominated in the #ThankARetailer contest and more […] Read more



Why on earth would someone go into a bin with the auger running?

Reader can’t fathom why someone would do that, but safety expert explains it only takes a moment of carelessness

Editor’s note: The questions posed in the letter from Doug Burkard were passed on to Glen Blahey, agricultural health and safety specialist with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Both the letter and response are below.
 I have just read the article “Trapped in a flash — the horror waiting inside a grain bin.
” I was […] Read more


Fatality report highlights the many dangers of farming

The grim statistics are a reminder that some everyday activities can also be very hazardous

The language is plain, the numbers clear, and the take-home message is simple — danger is ever present on farms. Although run-overs, rollovers, and being pinned or struck by machinery account for 369 of the 843 fatalities in the latest Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting report (covering the period from 2003 to 2012), tragedy strikes in […] Read more