GFM Network News


Canada invests in Canadian biomass and composites industries

Federal and provincial governments are investing up to $2.9 million to the Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba for two initiatives. The funds will go towards the development of quality standards and measurement techniques for Canadian biomass, and research into overcoming technology barriers to the adoption of natural fibres in the composites industry, a news release says. […] Read more

Okanagan producers adopt climate adaptation strategy

Agricultural producers and local governments in the Okanagan region are getting ready for the possibility of hotter, drier summers and different pest pressures under climate change. The B.C. Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI) brought agricultural producers together with local governments and provincial agencies to identify collaborative solutions and actions to adapt to the […] Read more


McCain french fry plant gets public funds for upgrades

CORRECTED, Jan. 13, 2016: The Manitoba and federal governments are dipping into an agribusiness support fund to cover half the cost of equipment upgrades for McCain Foods’ french fry plant in the province’s southwest. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and provincial Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn on Wednesday announced $380,000 from the Growing Value program for […] Read more

Parmalat gets GF2 funds for new Winnipeg milk plant

Dairy giant Parmalat is set to get federal and Manitoba government funding toward its planned new $50 million milk plant in Winnipeg. The two levels of government on Tuesday pledged $2.5 million toward the construction of Parmalat’s new dairy plant at an industrial park in the city’s St. Boniface area, about seven km east of […] Read more


Dr. Karen Liljebjelke and Dr. Krishna Datt Bhatt.

Tracking resistance to drugs in cattle bugs

It’s on the increase

The warning sign went up as results came in from two Alberta projects exploring the susceptibility of bacteria involved in bovine respiratory disease (BRD) to available antimicrobials. Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) administered the year-long project testing for antimicrobial resistance in feedlot cattle in order to develop an in-province screening tool. The project involved several industry, […] Read more

Yukon to help cover livestock vets’ travel costs

The Yukon government has launched a pilot program to help cover veterinarians’ travel and service expenses for farm calls. The territory government on Tuesday announced it will accept up to 30 farmers for the pilot of the Veterinary Services Program, running from now to the end of March 2016. The program will reimburse participating veterinarians […] Read more


Drones can give cattle producers a new perspective on herd management

Infrared cameras on UAVs are being tested to detect differences in body temperature of animals

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, are part of a growing trend toward precision agriculture: using technology to reduce costs and maximize yields. Dr. John Church from Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is leading the way in developing applications for the technology in the cattle sector. “Drone technology has real potential as a tool […] Read more

One of the 4-H Beef Club winning ideas was an easier way to attach electronic identification tags.

4-H Beef Club earns national award

News Roundup from the May 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Brainstorming ideas for an invention that could change the world of agriculture got members of the Abbey-Lancer 4-H Beef Club of Pennant, Sask., thinking about an easier way to apply electronic identification tags without the use of tagging pliers. In the end, they came up with not one, but two ideas to win the club […] Read more