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Barry Senft. (Supplied photo)

Ex-GFO CEO to manage Seeds Canada

Barry Senft to help build up merged seed-industry group

The four Canadian seed industry organizations now operating as Seeds Canada have named their first organizer-in-chief. Barry Senft, whose resume in Canadian agriculture includes stints as CEO for Grain Farmers of Ontario, executive director for the Canadian International Grains Institute, chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission and second vice-president for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, becomes […] Read more

Average sea surface temperature anomalies over the equatorial Pacific Ocean for the week centred on May 5, 2021 compared to 1981-2010 base period. (

La Nina done, U.S. CPC says

Neutral weather likely through summer

Reuters — A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday La Nina has ended and El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral conditions are likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer. “ENSO neutral” refers to periods in which neither El Nino nor La Nina is present, often coinciding with the transition between the two weather patterns, […] Read more

History: Bunkhouse Philosopohy

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bunkhouse PhilosophyBy W. R. Cochrane, Cowley, Alta. ‘Looks like someone ought to keep us posted when regulations are put in effect that change the course of our social life. We have always cheerfully accepted the job if furnishing steaks and roasts for the nation with no holds barred in regard to price. We have put […] Read more

New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders, CCA welcomes new board members

NewsMakers from the May 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders  Katie-Jo Stehr was raised on a mixed operation near Swan River, Man. Her involvement in 4-H encouraged her interest in the beef industry. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of science in agriculture with great distinction, and started working as a ruminant nutritionist with Gowans Feed […] Read more


Vet Advice: Not all that’s green is edible

Plant poisoning is a common problem throughout North America, causing significant losses from sudden death, reproductive failure, poor growth rates, tainting of animal products (milk, meat) and physical damage. Recognizing toxic plants and understanding the effects of toxins on animals is an important aspect of good range management. Plant poisoning can be largely avoided. Plants […] Read more

Salinity in central Saskatchewan, just off Highway 15.

Managing soil salinity for the long haul

Establishing perennial forages is one of the top recommended methods to manage saline soils for the long term

Growing up on a mixed farm in southern Alberta, Alan Iwaasa was no stranger to the costly headaches that saline soils could create. “There were certain land bases that just were poor,” Iwaasa recalls. “For a period of time, there was a lot of effort that was looking at levelling your land and putting in […] Read more

Canadian Western Agribition unveils Top 50 most influential people in Canadian agriculture

Congratulations to all the leaders selected for Canadian Western Agribition’s 50 most influential in Canadian ag.  Upstarts, presented by Masterfeeds: Sandi Brock, West Perth, Ont.; Shaun Haney, Lethbridge, Alta.; Jill Harvie, Olds, Alta.; Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, Mossbank, Sask.; Kim Keller, Melfort, Sask.; Brett McRae, Brandon, Man.; Todd Ormann, Olds, Alta.; Jess Verstappen, High Prairie, Alta.; Alex […] Read more

(Kansas City Southern video screengrab via YouTube)

Rail shippers pick sides as CP, CN bid for Kansas City Southern

Richardson, Conagra among firms supporting both bids

Winnipeg | Reuters — North America’s freight rail customers, from grain shippers to logistics companies, are choosing sides as Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway fight to buy Kansas City Southern. A takeout of KCS would be the first major North American railroad combination in more than 20 years and create the first network […] Read more

File photo of cranes at the Port of Montreal. (Jean-Paul_Lejeune/iStock/Getty Images)

Ottawa urged to end Montreal longshoremen’s strike

Back-to-work legislation on table; NDP, Bloc oppose it

Montreal | Reuters — Dockworkers at Canada’s second-largest port on Monday began their second strike in less than a year, as business leaders urged Ottawa to quickly end a walkout they said could cost the economy $25 million a day. The federal Liberal government said Sunday it would introduce special legislation to end the strike […] Read more