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Low interest rates mean farmers could get good deals on mortgages, farmland or equipment.
OFA members can submit photos demonstrating farm safety to win prizes.
Farm bankruptcies increased 8% over a 12-month period, with 580 filings from June 2019 to June 2020. A six-month comparison, however, shows the number of new Chapter 12 filings slowing
With white mold infestations increasing, this is a good time to learn some identifying features that can help distinguish two soybean gall midges from each other.
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a global recession, highlighted by severe supply chain disruptions, including reductions in processing capacity and plant shutdowns. Despite these challenges, trade of Canadian grains, oilseeds and pulses has performed well in the first half of 2020.
Research investment will help farmers safely manage livestock
China is continuing to restrict access of canola seed coming from Canada. Jim Everson, president of the Canola Council of Canada, says not much has changed in recent months. "It fluctuated a bit. We would say that about a third of what we had normally been exporting or been used to exporting up until the January 2019 period is still about right. There is some seed going there but it's about a third on an ongoing basis." Everson says its clear that canola has been impacted by political motives.
The Manitoba Agricultural Museum (Austin, MB) announced the 2021 Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede festival will feature Cockshutt Farm Equipment and host the annual convention of the International Cockshutt Club. The 2021 festival takes place July 29 - August 1, 2021. This year's event was cancelled due to COVID-19. “Providing unique attractions for our 11,000 annual visitors is key to the success of our summer festival,” said Angie Klym, President of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum. “We are excited to celebrate and educate our visitors on the profound impact Cockshutt farm equipment has had on Manitoba’s agricultural industry.” The 2021 Cockshutt convention will highlight the 75th anniversary of the iconic Cockshutt 30 tractor, the first modern tractor designed and built in Canada. The tractor gained worldwide status for pioneering the use of live hydraulics and Live-Power-Take-Off systems to power attached equipment. “Our club is excited to be coming to Western Canada
There have been COVID-19 outbreaks on a number of Canadian farms that have significantly impacted the health and safety of workers. On Friday, the federal government announced that it's taking additional action to reduce the incidence and impact of COVID-19 outbreaks on farms. “We care deeply about the well-being of all farm workers, who are helping ensure the food security of Canadians. During the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19, we want to help farmers adapt and improve the employment conditions of all their employees as well as the living environment of temporary foreign workers," said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. With an investment of $58.6 million, the Government is strengthening the TFW Program and making further investments to safeguard the health and safety of Canadian and temporary foreign workers from COVID-19 by: - Investing $7.4 million to increase supports to temporary foreign workers, including $6.0M for direct outreach to workers
CN Rail has filed and published its 2020-2021 Grain Plan, announcing that it set a new record by moving over 30 million metric tonnes (MMT) of grain from across Canada during the 2019-2020 crop year. CN also announced that it is prepared to move up to 7,600 bulk and processed hopper cars per week outside of winter, and up to 6,100 per week during winter in the upcoming crop year. During the 2019-2020 crop year, over 28.2 MMT of grain moved from Western Canada as well as over 1.1 MMT moved through intermodal containers.
Innovative Scottish livestock farmers will be hosting their forthcoming ram and bull sales on a new online auction system allowing buyers to bid from the farm office or the tractor seat. Two well-known Scottish breeders, the Scotts of Fearn Farm in Easter-Ross and the McGowans of Incheoch, Blairgowrie, will be using technology from New Zealand […]
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In a landmark decision, Defra has given England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years permanent right to remain in their east Devon river home. It is the first legally sanctioned reintroduction of an extinct native mammal to England and comes in response to a five-year trial monitoring the beavers and the effect […]
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A Scottish farmer has warned fellow farmers and crofters against complacency over coronavirus and said he had “grave concerns” some people are not taking it seriously enough. The farmer, who wished to remain anonymous, said he and his family had been struck down by the virus. He was badly affected, bedridden in the weeks prior […]
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Harvest is one of the most photogenic times of year, so if you capture the spirit of this year’s summer you could see your photo on the front cover of Farmers Weekly. We hope you enjoy taking part in this competition, showcasing your fantastic images and capturing a visual record of harvest’s progress across the […]
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Two Welsh sheep farmers are introducing Asian, goat-like sheep genetics into their flocks to create a new income stream. Peter Williams and Bedwyr Jones have six purebred Damara lambs and 70 crossbred lambs from embryo implantation and artificial insemination. The men aim to grow numbers and supply meat from these ‘fat tail’ lambs to niche […]
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A rising tide of rural crime is causing mental anguish to farmers and threatening their businesses, a report has warned. The cost of rural crime has risen by 9% to £54m over the past 12 months – its highest level for eight years, according to the NFU Mutual study. Crime in the countryside has risen […]
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The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is urging Defra to pause the rollout of its new flagship post-Brexit green scheme, describing the plans as “disappointing” and “unimpressive”. A Defra consultation, which sets out the initial thinking for its Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, closed for responses on 31 July. Throughout July, Defra hosted a number of […]
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Leadership skills, common sense and passion are just three of the attributes that top farmer Robert Neill will be looking for in this year’s Farmers Apprentice finalists. The shortlisted contestants will face a series of practical and theoretical challenges at his Roxburghshire arable and beef unit, which will host bootcamp between 23 and 28 August. […]
JCB has built the construction industry’s first hydrogen-powered excavator. The 20t 220X is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that has been subject to a year of testing at JCB’s Staffordshire quarry. See also: Is the future of methane tractors viable? Power for the prototype is generated by reacting hydrogen with oxygen in a fuel […]
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It is winter in South Africa, and a cold one at that. Winter is our dry season, so not much grows now – it is either too cold or too dry for growth. Winter also marks the end of the cropping season; everything is harvested and we are preparing for next summer’s growing season. On […]
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