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"If I were Ritz....I would figure out a way to cut off food to the politicians for a…"

Roadrunner replied Mar 19, 2010 to If I were Ag Minister Ritz....I would "DO" the following...Not much mention of Agriculture in the Throne Speech. Comments?

4 Mar 19, 2010
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"Hi Guys: I decided to go the laptop route...pretty inexpensive and with the wireles…"

Roadrunner replied Mar 8, 2010 to Would you buy a laptop or a desktop?

5 Mar 13, 2010
Reply by Joe Dales

"What other ways are there to generate the attention farmers need from the public and…"

Roadrunner replied Mar 8, 2010 to TIME TO RALLY

20 Mar 22, 2010
Reply by Tom Murray

"Hi John: The only rallies that have been successful in my mind were the big ones in…"

Roadrunner replied Mar 2, 2010 to TIME TO RALLY

20 Mar 22, 2010
Reply by Tom Murray

"I like your point Wayne... they should "want" to farm not feel like it is an obligat…"

Roadrunner replied Feb 18, 2010 to Do you want your kids to farm?

14 Dec 13, 2011
Reply by Robert Hillman

"I don't have one...are they easy to use? Also how much is a good one?"

Roadrunner replied Feb 18, 2010 to I think I need a car gps...any advice?

6 Feb 23, 2010
Reply by Jacqui Laporte

"Hi John: It looks like the smaller processors are being driven out of business by t…"

Roadrunner replied Feb 11, 2010 to Regulatory Burdens on Slaughter Facilities.

16 May 26, 2010
Reply by Joe Dales

"I think the real issue is one of "Do the kids want to farm and are they prepared?"…"

Roadrunner replied Feb 11, 2010 to Do you want your kids to farm?

14 Dec 13, 2011
Reply by Robert Hillman

"Good show Kevin. I enjoyed watching online...it is a challenge to catch your show o…"

Roadrunner replied Jan 29, 2010 to AgVisionTV.com: Watch the video discussion on Farm Debt and what it means.

3 Jan 29, 2010
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"I saw photo ...from a Coop in Latimer, Iowa....1 M bu pile smouldering... "

Roadrunner replied Jan 27, 2010 to Corn going bad in the US???? Reports are all over the net

1 Jan 27, 2010
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Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Makes $5 Million Investment in Priority Research Areas

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) has invested over $5 million into pulse research projects to improve productivity and reduce threats to pulse crop production.  Under the recently announced Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) AgriScience Program Clusters Component, SPG will leverage grower levy dollar investment with over $21 million of Government and other industry partner funding for the Pulse Cluster.  A complete list of projects, including researchers, and SPG’s investment can be seen below.  Selection of Early Maturing Dry Bean Germplasm and Cultivars for Sustainability and Improved Productivity Under Irrigation, Dr. Parthiba Balasubramanian, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) – $50,417   Breed for Top-Performing Field Pea Varieties and Develop SNP-based Markers for Marker-Assisted Selection for Grain and Protein Yield Maturity, Standability, and Seed Size, Dr. Dengjin Bing, AAFC – $166,000  Large Root Systems in Pulses for Drought Tolerance, Carbon Sequestra

Barley Ending Stocks Expected Heavier; Wheat, Oats Lighter

Agriculture Canada is forecasting heavier barley stocks at the end of the 2023-24 crop year, but lighter inventories of wheat and oats. In its latest monthly supply-demand estimates on Friday, Ag Canada pegged barley ending stocks for the current marketing year at 1 million tonnes, up 250,000 from the January estimate and above the previous year’s 709,000 tonnes. If accurate, it would be the heaviest barley ending stocks since 2017-18 at 1.24 million tonnes. All the increase in the ending stocks estimate is due to a reduction in feed, waste, and dockage, which fell to 5.34 million tonnes from 5.59 million for both January and 2022-23. Ag Canada’s February supply-demand update reflects the Statistics Canada grain stocks report released earlier this month, which pegged national barley stocks as of Dec. 31, 2023 at 5.5 million tonnes, up 6% from a year earlier and 10% above the average, despite a smaller 2023-24 supply. The stocks report implied total domestic use of barley in the

Reduction of Advance Payment Program Interest-Free Portion raises concerns

The recent decision to reduce the interest-free portion of the Advance Payment Program (APP) from $350,000 to $100,000 has reverberated throughout the agricultural community, causing widespread apprehension among farmers and ranchers across Canada. The Advance Payment Program, a federal loan guarantee initiative, has long been a crucial lifeline for agricultural producers, offering them reliable access to low-cost cash advances to manage cash flow and navigate the uncertainties inherent in agriculture. However, the drastic reduction in the interest-free portion has heightened the financial concerns and uncertainty among farmers.Ian Boxall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), voiced concern over the decision.  “It’s been three years since the APP interest-free portion was at $100,000, and interest rates have skyrocketed, grain prices have dramatically declined, and input prices have remained high. The program needs to reflect the current realiti

An Ounce of Prevention

Vaccines are an important tool to help minimize preweaning calf illness and death early in life, reduce the risk of reproductive failure in the breeding herd and help improve colostrum’s ability to protect next year’s calf crop when it hits the ground. Vaccine technology, programs and practices are constantly evolving. All the options can be confusing, but more options can also make it easier to customize and combine those options in a way that optimally protect your herd against the diseases that are most important to you. Dr. Cheryl Waldner and coworkers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine studied vaccination practices from coast-to-coast in 2020 (“Vaccine use in Canadian cow-calf herds and opportunities for improvement”; DOI 10.3389/fvets.2023.1235942). What They Did Cow-calf producers from BC (6), Alberta (38), Saskatchewan (27), Manitoba (18), Ontario (20), New Brunswick (2) and Nova Scotia (2) were surveyed about which vaccines they used and when they were using them

Labour gap in Canadian ag growing

The Canadian ag sector will need as many people to work as there are in Red Deer, Alta.

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