NEWS FEEDS ON CANADA WEST

Manitoba charity aims for harvest record

In August, Harvest for Kids 2018, will try to set a new Guinness record for the world’s largest harvest.

Sow housing retrofits less expensive than expected

Swine producers may fork out less money than expected when converting their barns to group sow housing, a recent study shows.

4-H Canada and Saputo: Investing today in the dairy leaders of tomorrow

Today, on #WorldMilkDay, 4-H Canada is proud to announce a new partnership with Saputo Inc. (Saputo), together with their long-established brand, Armstrong Cheese. The partnership will see Saputo investing $660,000 over three years to give the next generation of dairy leaders and innovators the opportunity to positively impact their communities.

Health Canada launches consultation on use of imidacloprid pesticide

Canadians care about how the use of pesticides impacts the environment. The Government of Canada relies on scientific evidence to evaluate pesticides so that they are used safely and do not threaten human health or the environment. With that in mind, the Government of Canada is consulting Canadians on its latest proposal to protect bees and other pollinators from exposure to imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid pesticide.

Make sure conditions are okay before you spray

The use of efficient and timely pesticide applications can help make this year’s spraying season safe and successful.

Statement: Grain Growers of Canada call on the Government to get grain moving again

“Grain farmers across Western Canada welcomed the news that CP and the IBEW were able to reach a negotiated agreement last night. Unfortunately, talks between CP Rail and the Teamsters Canada Union have failed, resulting in a potentially disastrous work stoppage. With recovery from the recent grain shipping backlog still ongoing, the loss of one of Canada’s two major railways is going to have a significant negatively impact on hard-working farm families on the Prairies.

Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement With CP, Ending Strike

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) reached a tentative agreement with Canadian Pacific (CP) to renew the collective agreement for over 3000 conductors and locomotive engineers, ending a strike which began at 2200 ET yesterday. At the same time, the parties have reached a tentative agreement for the Kootenay Valley Railway (KVR).

Finding practical uses for livestock carcasses

An innovative technology has become a commercially viable method for converting livestock by-products into fertilizers and green energy.

Alberta Livestock and the Census of Agriculture for Canada

First off, says Leitch, “Statistics Canada defines a census farm as an agricultural operation that produces at least one of the following products intended for sale: crops, livestock, poultry, animal products, or other agricultural products such as Christmas trees, greenhouse or nursery products, honey and others.” Key highlights include almost 20,000 Alberta farms reported having cattle and calves on May 10, 2016. “That was just over a 9.0 per cent decrease from 2011,” says Leitch. “However, of those farms, 5.2 million animals were reported, an increase of 2.0 per cent from 2011 to 2016. Alberta farms reported more than 41.5 per cent of the national total of cattle and calves, an increase from just under 40.0 per cent in 2011.”