Farming scholarship application deadline looms — April 15, 2014


Applications for the 2015 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust are due by April 30. Up to three scholarships of $15,000 each are available. Application forms are available online. Nuffield scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share their findings […]

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Sharpen your human resource skills

Part 1, create a plan

Human resources management is imperative to a successful cattle operation. You manage crops, livestock, machinery, money and land, but you also manage people. You’re a human resource (HR) manager, whether you like it or not. And as an HR manager, you have to ask yourself, are you managing this resource by default or design? Here […]

World food prices jump again in March, FAO says — April 3, 2014


Rome | Reuters – Global food prices rose to their highest in almost a year in March, led by unfavourable weather for crops and political tensions over Ukraine, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, […]

CYL 2014 class announced

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program has announced its 2014 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were selected following the final selection round at the CYL Spring Forum held in Calgary on March 22, 2014. A total of 26 semi-finalists vied for a spot in the national youth initiative of the […]

Pricier beef ‘here to stay’ as food costs seen higher: USDA — March 25, 2014


Washington | Reuters — U.S. food prices are expected to rise more rapidly this year after a very tame 2013, led by gains in beef, poultry and egg prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. The food price inflation outlook assumes normal weather, the USDA said, adding that the California drought poses a risk […]

World conservation ag congress coming to Winnipeg — March 19, 2014


“We are running out of dirt, and it’s no laughing matter.” So says Dr. David Montgomery, professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, and author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. Montgomery, who sees the recent rise of no-till farming as “the hope for a new agricultural revolution that […]

Same EI premiums, no benefits for seasonal farm workers: study — March 17, 2014


Foreign workers brought to Canada for seasonal farm employment are seeing no employment insurance (EI) benefits for what they and their employers pay into the EI program, a union study shows. While the workers — who come to Canada for specific jobs and are shipped home at the job’s end — don’t usually qualify for […]

Farm groups hail field-levelling trade deal with Korea — March 11, 2014


Negotiations are officially completed and terms finalized on a free trade agreement between Canada and South Korea, with a long line of enthusiastic Canadian farm export sectors in their wake. A trade pact between the two countries has been in the works since they agreed to formal talks in 2005, but stalled for months at […]

Cattle producers applaud Korea FTA

Free trade agreement to eliminate tariffs on beef

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is applauding Tuesday’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada and the Republic of Korea have reached a free trade agreement (FTA). Under the terms of the agreement, the 40 per cent Korean tariff on fresh and frozen beef will be fully eliminated in […]

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Solverson heads up CCA

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association welcomes a new president

Dave Solverson of Camrose, Alta., is the new president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Dan Darling of Cramahe, Ont., was acclaimed as vice president making him the heir apparent to take over the top job in 2016. Solverson who operates a 5,000 acre cow-calf to finish operation near Camrose, Alta., with his brother Ken, takes […]