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FREE: Canada’s first fully-featured app for ag news

Canadian farmers can now track weather, futures markets and agriculture news on their smartphones using a free mobile application from Farm Business Communications. AgReader Mobile is Canada’s first fully-featured app for following agricultural news and markets, with information instantly available on a smartphone rather than through a web browser. Available free at, the app […] Read more

Canada and Morocco discuss free trade deal

The governments of Canada and Morocco have had discussions in order to identify areas of partnership to strengthen the long-standing trade relationship between the two countries, which includes a large component of agriculture trade.   Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz met with Moroccan agriculture minister Aziz Akhenouch and trade minister Abdellatif Mazouz in Rabat, Morocco, […] Read more

Feds back company that turns biowaste into energy

The federal government is investing in a company that makes self-contained power generators that will turn animal manure and other biowaste into electricity.   MP Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) announced today in a media release that the federal government is furnishing up to $480,500 in repayable funding to Powerbase Energy Systems.   “This project […] Read more

Quebec kefir granule producer gets development loan

A Quebec company is getting a $386, 500 loan from the federal government to commercialize a revolutionary new process to produce kefir granuals for the cosmetics, human health and animal nutrition markets.   Kefir grains are a combination of bacterias and yeasts used to innoculate animal milk, much like live bacterial cultures are used to […] Read more

Leamington-area tomato growers get pipeline

A 40-kilometre pipeline will soon provide tomato growers near this southern Ontario city with a reliable water source for their crops, which will help enhance their productivity and competitiveness. The $1.9 million federal investment was announced today by the federal government in a news release, which said the project would irrigate up to 1500 acres […] Read more

Compost firm to buy bait farm’s worm scat

A Toronto-area company specializing in organic fertilizers made from worm castings has bought a well-known live bait firm’s worm castings business to boost its own output. Forterra Environmental on Monday announced a $45,000 all-stock deal to buy the WormSense business of Pagonis Live Bait, a Toronto family firm that supplies nightcrawlers, red worms, leeches, roe […] Read more

Barley down in mid-month PROs

Weakening feed grain prices, financial market volatility and “bearish supply-side fundamentals” have bit into the Canadian Wheat Board’s latest 2008-09 pool return outlooks (PROs) for barley. The mid-month barley PROs, which the CWB says it’s issuing this year to give farmers more timely price signals, see No. 1 CW feed barley (Pool A) drop $22 […] Read more

B.C. labour board rejects union’s claim at farm

The United Food and Commercial Workers’ union won’t get automatic certification at an Abbotsford, B.C. fruit and vegetable farm where it claimed the “most vocal” workers were shipped home before a vote could be held. The British Columbia Labour Relations Board, which conducted a union certification vote for UFCW Local 1518 at Floralia Plant Growers […] Read more

Ag job losses hit N.S., P.E.I. communities: report

Rural communities in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are losing jobs, wages and community leadership as farms’ profit margins drift further into negative numbers, according to a new study on farm economic viability. GPI Atlantic, a Nova Scotia non-profit research group drafting new measures of progress for that province, on Thursday released a report […] Read more

Unchecked central Ont. elk ruining crops: OFA

An Alberta elk herd introduced in central Ontario in 2001 with a provincial pledge for population control has led to “devastation” on local farms, according to local and provincial farmers’ groups. “If something isn’t done soon to solve the elk problem, we will all lose our farms,” Lynn Davis, farmer and director of the Hastings […] Read more