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Friday 10 April 2015

Canada

Farmers Earth Day stories inspire others to carry on

Stories have the power to move us, they define us, they make us who we are. And over the past two years, farmers have discovered first-hand the power in their own story and how it can drive others.

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Friday 20 March 2015

Canada

Motivating beef cattle farm employees, respecting the employee's psychological needs

Every successful manager knows that a motivated employee is a productive employee. The key to motivating employees is to create an internal drive in the employee’s mind to carry out his duties at the most optimal manner that is consistent with the objective of maximizing the profitability of the operation.

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Monday 10 March 2014

Canada

Farmvoices 2014

For the few who feed the many, every day is Earth Day. So it’s fitting that #FARMVOICES, the movement that celebrates farmers, the original stewards of the land, has become synonymous with the day we all reflect a little more about our own impact on Mother Earth.

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Wednesday 26 February 2014

Canada

Love Food? There’s a festival for all your favourites in Ontario.

Whether it’s Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Thousand Island Dressing, or instant potato mash; the Canadian Province of Ontario is proud of its famous foodie heritage – and has the flavoursome festivals to match.

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Friday 05 July 2013

Canada

Transporting pigs

To help prevent a deadly virus infecting US pigs from reaching Canada, livestock truckers are being warned to steer clear of trailer washes that use recycled water.

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Monday 01 July 2013

Canada

Another study on salmonella

Researchers have concluded that taking a 'One Health' approach to foodborne diseases is the best way to understand the illnesses and develop solutions.

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Canada

Assessing crop damage

Enough moisture, a bit too much moisture and way too much moisture -- that was the picture that has emerged in recent days across the three Prairie provinces.

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Canada

Cargill beef plant back in production after floods

One of Canada's biggest beef packing plants, just north of the flood-battered town of High River, Alta., expects to be reopened and running nearer to its full capacity on Tuesday (June 25).

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Friday 28 June 2013

Canada

Sustainable pork

The sustainable development manager with Manitoba Pork Council says a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) initiative aimed at improving the environmental sustainability of global livestock production is gaining widespread support, writes Bruce Cochrane.

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Wednesday 26 June 2013

Canada

Transporting pigs

The Canadian Swine Health Board says animal health officials have stepped up their focus on the cleanliness of trucks returning to Canada from the US in an effort to contain the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.

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Tuesday 25 June 2013

Canada

Panic over pig disease

As the cause of the PED outbreak detected in mid-May in the Midwest US remains a mystery, the Canadian industry is taking proactive steps to help prevent its spread to Canada.

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Monday 24 June 2013

Canada

Risk managment and farming

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Pierre Lemieux, has announced up to C$15 million for the launch of a new Growing Forward 2 programme to encourage the development and adoption of new private sector or producer-funded agricultural risk management tools.

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Wednesday 19 June 2013

Canada

Pig farmers code of practice

Sask Pork is encouraging pork producers to look at how a proposed revised Pig Code of Practice will impact their operations, writes Bruce Cochrane.

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Friday 14 June 2013

Canada

JBS Beef Plant Back To Full Capacity

The large beef processing plant in Brooks, Alberta that was at the centre of last fall's E.coli-related beef recall has just recently returned to operating at full capacity.

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Thursday 13 June 2013

Canada

Bear attacks livestock

An injured black bear is wandering Surrey, despite a gunshot wound to the shoulder, and another has been spotted in the city’s north end.

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Sunday 09 June 2013

Canada

Climate change and more

British Columbia needs to produce more food while contending with rising seas, diminishing water resources and changing patterns of rain and drought, according to a new report by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

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Friday 07 June 2013

Canada

Beef and pork for the EU

Talks to complete a free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union are being handcuffed by a dispute over beef and pork imports to Europe, a person with knowledge of negotiations said.

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Thursday 06 June 2013

Canada

Pig farming precautions

The Canadian Swine Health Board is telling pork producers to be extra vigilant with their herd biosecurity, given that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus has been found in North America for the first time.

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Friday 31 May 2013

Canada

Corn and pork production

A swine nutritionist with the Prairie Swine Centre says the introduction of new fusarium resistant varieties of wheat will be of particular benefit to western Canada's pork producers.

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Wednesday 29 May 2013

Canada

Pig production

Feed prices continue to rise since cereals can also be used for fuel production. Using biofuel co-products, particularly DDGS in swine feed may therefore be both an affordable as well as sustainable solution.

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Sunday 26 May 2013

Canada

Cuts to Agriculture Canada offices

The federal government is closing Agriculture Canada offices in Melville, Watrous , North Battleford and Weyburn.

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Wednesday 22 May 2013

Canada

Fishing Vessel Stability Simulator Receives Award

The Fishing Vessel Stability Simulator has recently received an award from the Canadian Network for Innovations in Education (CNIE) at their 2013 conference. The award was presented to John Sutcliffe, Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) and Carey Bonnell of the Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI) on May 2nd in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier. The category for which it received an award was Integration in a Non-Formal Education Program.

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Friday 10 May 2013

Canada

Data information and farmers

The department that had the third-highest number of people affected by data breaches over the last decade says it has taken “interim solutions” to protect information, five months after top officials were told there was a “need for cultural changes” on handling government data, according to a security presentation to senior officals.

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Canada

Milk and cheese

The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) has announced the creation of a milk class for mozzarella cheese to be used on fresh pizzas.

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Wednesday 01 May 2013

Canada

A look at farming costs

Government figures suggest it cost a little less to farm in the last three months of 2012.

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Saturday 27 April 2013

Canada

Weaning pigs

Variability in growth is a cost to commercial pork production, especially those utilizing all-in-all-out production systems.

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Friday 26 April 2013

Canada

Pig producer aid

The Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) would like to inform Quebec farmers adversely affected by the summer 2012 drought that the deadline for completing and submitting an application for the complementary measures to forage and livestock transportation assistance has been extended to May 1, 2013.

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Tuesday 23 April 2013

Canada

Spring planting

As farmers' attentions turn to the prospect of spring planting, a report released in late March has a long-term perspective on something near and dear to every farmer in Ontario, if not the world: the soil.

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Thursday 18 April 2013

Canada

Climate change and poultry

A Canadian study at the University of Guelph looked at the effects of climate change on avian migratory patterns and the dispersal of commercial poultry diseases in the country.

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Wednesday 17 April 2013

Canada

JBS have No plans to reopen Nampa beef packing plant

JBS USA says it intends to complete its purchase of two XL Foods beef packing plants in the U.S., effective Monday

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Tuesday 16 April 2013

Canada

World Dairy Expo

With the support and cooperation from the mayor of Stratford and key city officials, the 2014 CDX will now take on the entire Stratford Rotary Complex, including both hockey rinks.

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Sunday 14 April 2013

Canada

Farmers are always crying poor

Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it appears poised to cash in after years of crying poor.

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Saturday 13 April 2013

Canada

Wheat quality problems in China

China's state-owned agricultural trading company, Cofco, has complained about the poor baking performance of some Canadian spring wheat shipments and has suggested it may import more U.S. wheat instead, Canadian industry officials say.

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Friday 12 April 2013

Canada

Turkey farming

Turkey farmers in Nova Scotia are looking forward to a period of greater stability with the opening of the Eden Valley Poultry plant in Berwick.

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Saturday 06 April 2013

Canada

Drug lobby firmly in control of farm drug abuse

In ongoing efforts to keep producers informed and gather their input on key issues, Alberta Pork recently concluded a series of Biosecurity/Code of Practice rap sessions throughout the province in February and March of 2013.

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Tuesday 02 April 2013

Canada

Growth in the farm sector

"An Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System 2013", a report released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), shows the strong contribution of the agriculture and agri-food sector to Canada’s economy.

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Saturday 30 March 2013

Canada

Eggs and pork

Calgary Co-op has staked out a bold animal welfare stance, despite opposition from agriculture leaders who warned that the industry needs more time to change its farming practices.

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Canada

More farm subsidies

In a move overhauling the current farm subsidy system, parliament has decided to tie farm payments to more environmentally friendly and efficient agricultural production methods.

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Friday 29 March 2013

Canada

Fearmongering to sell farm drugs

The director of swine health information and research with the US based National Pork Board reports, despite recent re-breaks of PRRS in certain regions of the United States, pork producers remain committed to regional efforts to control the spread of the virus, writes Bruce Cochrane.

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Monday 25 March 2013

Canada

New menu for Burger King

TORONTO, Ontario – Burger King Worldwide Inc. has added an entirely new Chipotle menu line-up in its Canadian stores.

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Sunday 24 March 2013

Canada

A sledgehammer to crack a walnut

The director of the University of Guelph's Campbell Centre for Animal Welfare says the introduction of a commercialized version of a new device designed to deliver euthanasia to piglets has come at a good time, writes Bruce Cochrane.

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Saturday 23 March 2013

Canada

Downer cows cut your losses and take to abattoir

As the calving season approaches, farmers are being urged to monitor breeding herds being especially wary of Downer cows in the light of forage standards being different this year to typical winters.

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Canada

More drug cocktails for pigs

By the end of this year new legislation in Canada will restrict the amount of phosphorous allowed to be applied to the soil from livestock production.

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Monday 18 March 2013

Canada

Playing with fire on pig genetics

A research team at the University of Guelph has developed a new line of transgenic 'Enviropigs'.

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Saturday 16 March 2013

Canada

Egg production

Nova Scotia egg producers will improve their profitability by reducing their feed costs with the support of the Harper Government.

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Thursday 14 March 2013

Canada

Government help egg farmers

Nova Scotia egg producers will improve their profitability by reducing their feed costs with the support of the Harper Government.

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Canada

Pig transport may work in summer never in winter

Research conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc indicates water sprinklers used in trucks that haul hogs in hot weather reduce heat stress and result in improved meat quality, writes Bruce Cochrane.

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Canada

Rubber mats for sows

Research conducted at the Prairie Swine Centre suggests the use of rubber mats in group sow housing systems improves comfort and stimulates increased exercise, writes Bruce Cochrane.

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Wednesday 13 March 2013

Canada

Australia farm investment

Canadian investment funds have big plans to become involved in Australian land, ports and other infrastructure projects, driven by food export potential.

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Tuesday 05 March 2013

Canada

Record farm incomes

Canadian farm incomes are set to smash records for 2012, as grain and oilseed farmers reap the benefits of a crop price boom not experienced since the heady days of the 1970s.

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