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EU flags in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. (Jorisvo/iStock/Getty Images)

EU countries approve deal to overhaul farming subsidies

Subsidies to focus on sustainability, 'eco-schemes'

Brussels | Reuters — European Union countries on Monday gave the green light to reforms of the bloc’s huge farming subsidy program, after a three-year battle over rules to make it greener and support smaller farms. Negotiators representing the EU’s 27 countries and European Parliament struck the deal on Friday to reform the Common Agricultural […] Read more

Walmart Canada bills itself as the first retailer in the country with an on-pack certified-sustainable claim for a line of beef products. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)

Walmart locks in CRSB claim for in-store beef brand

Chain to be first retailer in Canada with certified-sustainable label on pack

The Canadian arm of Walmart has locked in enough of a supply of certified-sustainable beef to label its entire Your Fresh Market burger patty line accordingly. The retail giant announced Monday it’s now sourcing beef from “certified sustainable” farms and ranches according to standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). The company […] Read more


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Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show looks to lock in land base

GFM plans to buy research land for eastern Discovery Farm

As Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show goes digital this week, its operator is preparing to secure its real-world footprint in southern Ontario and put that real estate to year-round work. Glacier FarmMedia and the Ontario government on Tuesday announced their intent to work toward a land deal with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), which […] Read more

The Chop Burger is the first menu item from a full-service restaurant to receive the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) Certified Mark. (CNW Group/Chop Steakhouse + Bar)

Beef sustainability: Playing the long game

Many in the beef supply chain are banking on strengthening demand for certified sustainable beef, through the pandemic and beyond

One of the side effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic is that Canadians have begun to look at the world through a different lens. Priorities have shifted and lifestyles have been altered. Everyone from producers, to small businesses, to global agribusinesses are adjusting to a new-look marketplace. It’s meant a course correction for some organizations, […] Read more


The pandemic has boosted interest in Canada’s food system, and beef industry stakeholders see an opportunity to build relationships with the non-farming public.

Food system transparency vital in post-pandemic world

Industry stakeholders see a window of opportunity to build public trust, but the industry must act before the public’s attention on food production wanes

The importance of transparency isn’t a new concept at Chop Steak­­house, but it’s certainly become amplified this year. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian consumers were already asking more questions about food production, something Marcel Blais, president of Chop Steakhouse, anticipates will become more common. “We’ve always had really strong practices on food and safety; we’re […] Read more

Cargill and TrustBIX double down on sustainable beef efforts

Cargill and TrustBIX double down on sustainable beef efforts

Sustainable beef from certified farms and ranches is raised, processed and delivered with the future in mind

TrustBIX and Cargill signed a new agreement February 26, 2020 for TrustBIX to continue to provide chain-of-custody services that enable Cargill to offer sustainable beef sourcing to its Canadian customers. Cargill has and continues to develop multiple customer solutions that adhere to the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework.  The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is an operation-level certification program developed by […] Read more


Three generations of the Stokke family take a break from working cattle for a picture. Randy and Terry are happy to see that the land that has supported their family will continue to do so into the future.

Dealing with a protection order for species at risk

Decades of carefully managing native pastures, documentation and open communication were key to convincing government officials and conservationists that this ranch is supporting wildlife

A landscape like the Palliser Triangle holds its own challenges for raising livestock. These trials are well understood by those who make their living on the arid plains, shaping how they manage the native prairie to sustain their herds and the world around them. But when an emergency protection order (EPO) under the federal Species […] Read more

New research by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity will examine how COVID-19 has affected public trust.

Research finds Canadians want to learn about agriculture

Public Trust: Study by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity shows gaps in consumer understanding of modern agricultural practices

The general public’s lack of agricultural knowledge is more widespread than likely imagined, according to a 2019 study. The study by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) found that 91 per cent of Canadians feel they know little, very little or nothing about modern agricultural practices. However, this research also shows that 60 per […] Read more


‘Our industry has a clear path to a bright future in the National Beef Strategy.’ – David Haywood-Farmer.

CCA Reports: A roadmap for the beef industry

From the March 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Beef Advisors consist of elected leaders and staff representation of the seven national beef organizations responsible for policy, marketing, research and sustainability. They are a diverse group of experienced industry representatives who are responsible for advancing the National Beef Strategy with industry stakeholders, providing recommendations on future direction and reporting results against strategy […] Read more

A freighter is loaded with grain from a terminal at Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. (Maxvis/iStock/Getty Images)

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