Dig Deep Archive

Is it turnaround time for Ontario’s abattoirs?

Staffing and regulations are key to meat processing sector success

by Peter Hohenadel
Better Farming

Many Ontario abattoirs have disappeared over the past decade, confirms Dr. Sylvain Charlebois.

He’s a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He’s also a well-known commentator on agri-food matters.

The future of the World Trade Organization

The actions of American representatives handicap the functioning of the WTO

By Jim Algie
Better Farming

When their terms expired in May 2019, the fourth and fifth remaining members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) beleaguered, appellate body made fond-but-anxious farewell speeches to the organization’s ambassadors in Geneva.

Lobbying for reform of business risk management programs

As the federal, provincial and territorial governments consider program updates, these officials should consider farmers’ environmental contributions

By Jim Algie
Better Farming

Part of the solution to Canada’s current policy struggle over complex business risk management programs in the era of Donald Trump’s trade war should involve payments to farmers for environmental goods and services, says Dr. Don Buckingham.

Cashing in on carbon

Developers at Nori are creating software that would simplify the exchange of carbon offsets between farmers and interested buyers

By Jackie Clark
Staff Writer
Better Farming

Protecting your farm and family from trespassers

Several provinces want to update trespass legislation and tackle rural crime

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Better Farming

Given the growing concern about rural crime across Western Canada, provincial government officials are pushing for legislation updates to better protect farmers and other rural residents. Below, we recap the recent developments in each province.

Rising interest in specialty grain

While a niche market exists for these crops, farmers and plant breeders face several hurdles

By Jim Algie

Farmers considering niche grain production for emerging artisanal markets operate within what one close observer calls “an informal seed system” that generally lacks supply and reliable data about productive varieties.

Producers churn out a new market niche

Dairy farmers must follow certain feeding protocol to qualify under the grass-fed milk standard

By Jim Algie
Better Farming

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO’s) interim grass-fed milk standard protocol requires forage or grass feeding of at least 75 per cent of total dry matter intake for qualifying cows and at least 120 days on pasture for a minimum of six hours daily during the gazing period.

The ag industry’s fight for government support

The long-term trend in American support payments to farmers has shifted

by Jim Algie
Better Farming

Until U.S. President Donald Trump began working trade policy in earnest in 2018, the trend for government support payments to farmers in both the United States and Canada had shown a 30-year period of almost continual decline, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) analysis showed.

Industry leaders take a bite out of food fraud

IBM is developing an e-tongue to fingerprint beverages and complex liquids

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Better Farming

While food fraud has been a challenge in Canada for decades, food supply chain stakeholders and consumers have recently become more aware of the issue. The intentional adulteration of food can harm the reputation of the entire agri-food industry and affect producers’ bottom lines.