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Farm groups disappointed in amendment to Bill C-234

Farm groups disappointed in amendment to Bill C-234

Dec 7, 2023 | 5:39pm
Extreme disappointment is the reaction around the agriculture community, as Bill C-234 was amended to remove the carbon tax exemption for natural gas and propane used to heat & cool barns and other farm buildings. It was a tight vote among Senators – 40 to 39 in favour of the amendment – and once it […]
New Attendance Benchmark set at Canadian Western Agribition

New Attendance Benchmark set at Canadian Western Agribition

Dec 7, 2023 | 5:20pm
This year’s Canadian Western Agribition recorded the highest attendance since 2005. There were 142,807 people who came to the 2023 show, a 19 percent increase from 2022, and event CEO Shaun Kindopp is proud of that. “The best part about our crowd is the positivity,” Kindopp said. “There’s times where it takes a bit of […]
Farm equipment costs have gone up in recent years

Farm equipment costs have gone up in recent years

Dec 6, 2023 | 2:57pm
There’s more evidence of just how quickly farm equipment costs have escalated.  Manitoba Agriculture updates its Farm Machinery Guide every two years. To come up with custom and rental rates for equipment, they need the new price values of all the various pieces of equipment. A new Farm Machinery Guide has just been generated with much […]
New farm equipment sales expected to be slow in 2024: FCC Report

New farm equipment sales expected to be slow in 2024: FCC Report

Dec 5, 2023 | 9:06pm
Farm Credit Canada is projecting new farm equipment sales in 2024 to slow down, based on a variety of factors. In FCC’s Canadian Farm Equipment Market Outlook, the conclusion is based on high interest rates, increased equipment prices, a decline in commodity prices, drought in Western Canada, and tighter revenues in the livestock sectors. A […]
Another week of mixed cattle prices in Saskatchewan

Another week of mixed cattle prices in Saskatchewan

Dec 5, 2023 | 5:09pm
The weekly Cattle Market Update issued by Canfax shows prices for feeder steer and heifers in Saskatchewan were mixed once again. For the week ending December 1st, feeder steer prices in the 500-600, 600-700, and 800-900lb categories were down week-over-week, while the 300-400 and 400-500lb categories were up. The 700-800lb category was unchanged at $327.50 per hundred […]
Stats Canada Releases December Crop Production Estimate Report

Stats Canada Releases December Crop Production Estimate Report

Dec 4, 2023 | 2:30pm
Statistics Canada boosted 2023 canola and wheat production estimates as crops finished better than expected in part of the Prairies. Crop estimates usually tend to increase in the annual December report, but the numbers for wheat surpassed industry expectations. Timely late summer rains helped revive some crops. StatsCan estimated all-wheat production at 32 million metric […]
Back-and-forth debate during Question Period over Ag Water Stewardship Policy

Back-and-forth debate during Question Period over Ag Water Stewardship Policy

Nov 30, 2023 | 4:23pm
The need for a wetland conservation policy in Saskatchewan was a key topic covered in Question Period yesterday (Wed). The NDP critic for Environment, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency Erika Ritchie says Saskatchewan is the only province without such a policy. “More than a dozen people are here today calling on this government to […]
More debate in the Senate over Bill C-234, but same outcome

More debate in the Senate over Bill C-234, but same outcome

Nov 29, 2023 | 5:10pm
Plenty of debate among Senators but no progress made on Bill C-234, an exemption of the carbon tax for natural gas and propane used for grain drying and heating & cooling of barns. The bill has been in third reading for weeks with some Senators wanting an amendment to exclude fuel used for heating and cooling farm […]
Cattle prices up-and-down again according to Canfax Cattle Market Update

Cattle prices up-and-down again according to Canfax Cattle Market Update

Nov 28, 2023 | 3:57pm
Feeder steer and heifer prices in Saskatchewan were mixed, according to the Canfax Cattle Market Update for the week ending November 24. Provincial Cattle Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Fonda Froats says steer prices were up in 4 categories (500-600, 600-700, 700-800, 800-900lb) and heifer prices were also up in 4 categories (300-400, 400-500, […]