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Why does the reference margin limit matter?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The reference margin limit was made part of AgriStability in 2013 and the federal government says removing it will increase payments for farmers from the program by $75 million annually. But while most farm groups said the change is a positive one, the Canadian Pork Council said it would do “very little” for its members. […] Read more

Darkening in pinto beans has an economic cost for growers and processors, and that spurred researcher Sangeeta Dhaubhadel to hunt for the gene that causes darkening.

Successful hunt for ‘P’ gene to pay dividends for bean growers

Darkening pinto bean problem solved by gene discovery, which benefits breeders and farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Can one small gene really affect an entire crop or does it amount to only a hill of beans? It does matter if we’re talking about pinto beans. “Most beans keep the same look after growers harvest and store them,” said Sangeeta Dhaubhadel, a research scientist at the London Research and Development Centre. “With pinto […] Read more


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Canola stocks to tighten below a million tonnes, AAFC says

MarketsFarm — Canadian canola ending stocks in both the current 2020-21 marketing year and in 2021-22 are forecast to tighten below a million tonnes, according to updated supply/demand estimates from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The tight stocks were largely tied to expectations for increased domestic usage, with projected canola exports left unchanged from the January […] Read more

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Feds predict three per cent increase in canola acres

Stocks nevertheless expected to tighten

MarketsFarm — Canadian farmers will seed more canola in the upcoming 2021-22 crop year, but solid demand will still cause ending stocks to tighten, according to the first new-crop supply/demand projections from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), released Monday. The department forecast seeded canola area in the spring of 2021 at 21.37 million acres, up […] Read more


How you can participate in the grain act review

How you can participate in the grain act review

Deadline for comments is April 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s been half a century since the last major review of the Canada Grain Act and agency that oversees it, Canadian Grain Commission. So AgCanada’s invitation to be part of the process is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And the federal department says it does want to hear from individuals, and not just organizations or […] Read more

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Crop stocks forecasts mostly unchanged in AAFC supply/demand report

Corn carryout revised upward

MarketsFarm — Updated crop supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released Friday, included only minor changes from the previous month. Larger adjustments are expected after Statistics Canada releases its final production numbers for the year on Dec. 3. Canola and all-wheat ending stocks for the 2020-21 marketing year were both left unchanged at 2.25 […] Read more


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Canada’s wheat ending stocks projections raised

MarketsFarm — Canadian wheat ending stocks for the current 2020-21 marketing year are forecast to be larger than earlier expectations, according updated supply/demand estimates Thursday from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. All-wheat ending stocks for 2020-21 are now forecast at 6.3 million tonnes, which compares with the September estimate of 5.9 million. The total wheat carryout […] Read more

Ag minister creates youth advisory council

Ag minister creates youth advisory council

Reading Time: < 1 minute B Pratyusha Chennupati and Carling Matejka are the two Alberta reps on the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. The group of 25 young people was created to advise Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on matters such as “food-related challenges and opportunities” and “the strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs affecting the agriculture and agri-food sectors.” […] Read more


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Little change seen in June’s crop supply/demand tables

MarketsFarm — Supply/demand estimates for Canada’s major crops saw little change in updated tables released Tuesday from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Acreage estimates from Statistics Canada are due out June 30, and should lead to more sizeable adjustments in subsequent reports. Canola ending stocks were left unchanged at 2.6 million tonnes for the current marketing […] Read more

Farm groups ‘disappointed’ by research cuts

Farm groups ‘disappointed’ by research cuts

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley say they are “disappointed at the level of research that will be conducted this year” by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The two farm groups say Ag Canada management has suggested field trials will only be about 30 per cent of capacity this year because of constraints created by the pandemic, […] Read more