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Grains sector backed to develop export rejection insurance

Code of practice for 'sustainable' crops also in works

The organization representing Canada’s crops sector will get public funding to develop an insurance plan against the “unpredictability” of export customers. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, speaking Wednesday at the CropConnect conference in Winnipeg, announced over $430,000 for the Canada Grains Council to develop a pilot insurance product for grain exporters. Such an insurance plan […] Read more



Native prairie near Hanley, Sask. The Sask Stock Growers Association has started a foundation to conserve agricultural lands, advance education, relieve poverty and help disaster victims.

Joining the conversation

While beef producers are on the front line of issues such as antibiotic use and greenhouse gases, their voices still aren’t being heard

Crystal Mackay was surprised to learn that a national event with beef on the menu didn’t have any beef producers at the table. Food Day Canada was created in 2003 to give Canadian beef a boost, and it’s now held annually on the first Saturday in August. Chefs across the country from small restaurants to […] Read more

Lindsey Verhaeghe.

Leader in agricultural education recognized by United Nations

Public Trust: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

For Lindsey Verhaeghe, educating youth about agriculture is critical as the divide between the industry and the general public grows. Her commitment to teaching young people about agriculture through interactive games was recently recognized with a prestigious award from the United Nations. Verhaeghe was one of 10 recipients of the United Nations Global Compact 2019 […] Read more


Stephen Hughes on his Longview ranch while filming a McDonald’s commercial about beef sustainability.

McDonald’s names Flagship Farmer, celebrates commitment to Canadian beef

First-ever recipient recognized for innovative ranching practices

On Dec. 10, McDonald’s Canada announced Stephen Hughes of Chinook Ranch as its first-ever Canadian representative for the company’s Flagship Farmer Program. Hughes was selected for his long-term commitment to innovative ranching practices, including year-round, rotational grazing techniques. As McDonald’s Canada’s Flagship Farmer, Hughes will inspire and inform fellow ranchers, share his experiences, showcase the […] Read more



Farming insects may solve one problem, create others

Rome | Thomson Reuters Foundation — Insects have great potential as an alternative source of protein, but further research is urgently needed before mass production begins in order to avoid environmental disaster, Swedish researchers warned Monday. There is currently an “overwhelming lack of knowledge” on basic questions such as suitable species, their housing and feed […] Read more

Beyond the burger, how is the beef industry going to embrace the consumer in their community?

Casting a wider net

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

In the beef industries’ quest to align with “sustainable” I would question from a health and wellness perspective if delivering sustainable through a hamburger is considered socially responsible. Are we leading children towards obesity and a heavy reliance on carbohydrates through the promotion of fast food? Is the beef industry defying the consumers’ fear of […] Read more


The Olds Technical Access Centre aims to spark innovations that improve livestock production.

A Technical Access Centre for livestock production

Key industry issues focus on production efficiency, animal health and welfare and environmental sustainability

The Canadian government has been setting up a number of Technical Access Centre (TAC) research programs to aid several industrial sectors. The first TACs were created in 2011 as part of the College and Community Innovation Program. In September 2017, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced development of a series […] Read more

Adapting grazing plans for your ranch requires consideration of climatic conditions and the yearly variances that can occur.

Good grazing means manage for what you want

Soil and grass health is vital to achieve sustainability in our cattle industry

For many, rangeland represents a tough, unresponsive “thing” that resists use and abuse with unlimited regeneration potential. Good cattlemen know that the actual restoration potential of rangeland and pasture is limited. Preservation and rejuvenation of rangeland must be carefully managed. Soil and grass health is an earmark for the cattle industry and a vital signal […] Read more