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Feds fund AFAC welfare surveillance

Alberta Farm Animal Care designed to ensure good health, proper standards

The federal government has announced funding of $268,000 to Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) to help ensure that cattle arriving at auctions and abattoirs are in good health and meet the standards required for processing. The announcement was made in Okotoks by Macleod MP John Barlow on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “This project […] Read more

A cargo ship getting topped up with grain.

Think a big new West Coast terminal is good news? Think again

Expanding storage capacity just helps the big grain companies depress the price paid to farmers

G3 has announced it may build a new grain terminal at the West Lynn terminal on the North Shore of Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. G3 is the joint venture of U.S.-based multinational grain company, Bunge Ltd., and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co., owned by the Saudi government. It was given the assets of the […] Read more


Streamlined variety registration system set to launch in 2016

A streamlined system would allow new varieties to hit the market sooner, 
but less performance testing sparks concerns

A new variety registration system could be in place and fully operational by next year — if the players in the value chain can agree on doing away with the current three-part system. “The system needs to be efficient, it needs to be transparent, and it needs to be predictable,” said Erin Armstrong, director of […] Read more

Once Ottawa threatened the railways with fines, grain cars started showing up at elevators.

PR fumbles and effective lobbying = grain-movement order

Five to Remember: While the railways were defending their performance, farmers were successfully urging Ottawa to crack the whip

The year dawned with CN and CP Rail insisting they were doing an excellent job moving grain, and weren’t to blame for plugged elevators and empty freighters anchored on the West Coast. It proved to be a spectacularly ineffective bit of PR. Everyone knew moving the all-time-record harvest of 2013 would be a challenge, and […] Read more


Advocating for forage crops is critical work and needs to continue

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association works 
on a tight budget, but is in it for the long haul

Recent reports on the financial situation of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association suggest its future is grim. But while we’ll be on a tight budget in the coming year, the association is on firm financial footing and we intend on being around for a long time. In fact, the need for an organization like […] Read more

“The industry is pretty good at figuring out what works for the cattle,” says researcher Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein.

Study says healthy cattle can manage taxing transport

Researchers find well-conditioned cattle bear up well during transport

A prominent animal welfare group calls it “transport torture,” but a new study has found conditions inside livestock trailers don’t normally have a significant impact on animal health. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada study looked at trailer microclimates during cattle transport. “We thought they might have an impact on the health and morbidity rates once […] Read more


The deal will see Alberta producers get more quota and rejoin the Chicken Farmers of Canada.

Chicken industry reaches long-delayed allocation agreement

New deal gives Alberta fair share of chicken allocation

Canada’s broiler chicken industry has reached a new quota allocation agreement, avoiding a potential showdown with a federal regulator that could have thrown the system into chaos. The deal will see Alberta producers get more quota and rejoin the Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC). “The reason we stepped out was because our population was growing […] Read more