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Finding a valuable use for pea and lentil hulls will increase the value of those crops for farmers, said Michael Riedijk, CEO of Lucent BioSciences.

Pitch pays off for startup organic fertilizer maker

Fertilizer made from pea and lentil hulls wins supercluster funding and praise from environment minister

Apitch at an ag innovation forum a year ago has paid dividends for a Vancouver company that wants to make fertilizer out of waste material from pulse processing. Lucent Plant BioSciences and its partners — including pulse trader and processor AGT Foods — is receiving $1.3 million from the protein supercluster to help develop a […] Read more

Jeff Archibald, CEO of web design company Paper Leaf and Alberta Forage Industry Network director Amber Kenyon outlined plans to create a new “Kijiji for farmers” called Farming The Web.

Alberta Forage Industry Network launching a ‘Kijiji for farmers’

Farming The Web will allow producers to buy and sell hay, livestock and farm equipment

The Alberta Forage Industry Network is creating a new buy-and-sell website for ranchers and farmers. “It’s basically going to be like Kijiji for farmers,” said AFIN director Amber Kenyon. “This will give us a good way to sell our stuff and to be able to buy farm equipment. We’re looking at hay, forage and livestock; […] Read more


FCC AgriSpirit Fund deadline looming

Application deadline is March 31

There are only a few days left to apply for FCC AgriSpirit Fund grants. The program will see Farm Credit Canada award $1.5 million in funding this year to registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 but the application deadline is March 31. The fund supports projects that […] Read more

File photo of the Harmony Beef plant at Balzac, Alta. in 2015.

Sick employee disrupts slaughter at Harmony Beef

Part of Calgary beef plant shut down after employee who had been off work tested positive for COVID-19

Harmony Beef, a beef processing plant north of Calgary, had to shut part of its operation down March 26 after an employee fell sick. “Alberta Health Services informed us Thursday that an employee who had not been at work for days had a positive test for COVID-19,” company spokesperson Crosbie Cotton said March 27. The […] Read more


2020 elm pruning ban soon to start

Alberta’s elm pruning ban starts April 1. To prevent the spread of Dutch elm disease, burn, bury or properly chip pruned elm wood and elm firewood by March 31. The Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) encourages everyone to pay attention to the provincial elm pruning ban, which will be in place until Sept. […] Read more

Anti-pipeline blockades — like this one in Edmonton in mid-February — are only part of the reason
why grain is backed up. But the situation will take months to fully be resolved.

Grain is moving but it will take months to catch up

Canada’s reputation as a reliable grain supplier has taken a hit

There won’t be a quick fix for a ‘perfect storm’ that has set grain movement back by at least three months. The problems started with the late harvest across the Prairies followed by the week-long CN Rail strike in November and then cold weather and mudslides. By the time the anti-pipeline rail blockades hit in […] Read more


Canola producers mark depressing anniversary

One year on, Canada and China seem no closer than ever to resolving canola seed ban

It’s been a year since China banned most imports of Canadian canola, and there’s no end in sight. “It’s a very frustrating situation for producers and the industry,” Jim Everson, president of the Canola Council of Canada, said in an interview at the Canadian Crops Convention here. “There are some exports going to China (but) […] Read more

Alberta agriculture minister Devin Dreeshen.

Make food supply chain an essential service, says Alberta’s ag minister

Things are working well and there is no need for hoarding or panic buying, says Devin Dreeshen

Alberta’s food supply chain is stable and is functioning — but it’s essential to keep goods flowing across the U.S. border,  says the province’s agriculture minister. “We have put in an official request to the federal government to deem the entire food supply chain as an essential service to ensure a safe and stable food […] Read more


Canada Beef launches two new promotions

Canada Beef has launched two consumer campaigns that aim to counter some of the negative narratives about beef with a renewed emphasis on the positives of this nourish- ing and sustainable Canadian food classic. The two campaigns — called The One & Only Beef, and My Canadian Beef Story — aim to dispel some of […] Read more

Canada’s strengths in global trade highlighted at conference

Pandemic has since pushed all other issues out of the spotlight but crops convention highlighted country’s abilities

It was just three weeks ago, but the issues in the spotlight at the Canadian Crops Convention almost seem to be from another age. But the conference was also a reminder that however the coronavirus pandemic changes the landscape, Canada has a lot of people working behind the scenes to ensure trade can take place. […] Read more


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