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Farmers of all types, from dairy to fruit to livestock, contribute to the economy and to the healthy lives of Canadians. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to help make filing your income tax and benefit return easier so you can save your time and energy for the harvest.Claiming expenses Farmers can…
Early last year, a spud was planted in soil from Peru’s Pampas de La Joya desert, which boasts “the most Mars-like soils found on Earth,” according to NASA scientist Chris McKay. The experiment, sponsored by the International Potato Center (CIP), took place in a CubeSat built by Peru’s University of…
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), an annual public awareness campaign focusing on the importance of safe agriculture, is running March 12-18. This year, organizers want to empower farm families with the information they need to help keep everyone safe on the farm while preserving the farming lifestyle. The campaign lasts…
  Using a combination of traditional crop breeding techniques, as well as new and emerging technologies, here are Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's 2017 releases to the marketplace. The accelerated Release 2017 (AR2017) available selections include entries for french fries, chips and the fresh market.  Click on each selection number for…
EDMONTON - A group examining applying employment standards to Alberta's agriculture sector recommends that farm workers should not get overtime pay. The Employment Standards Technical Working Group has been reviewing the standards to see how it could apply to farm and ranch workers. The group says standards around pay, employment records,…
An invention called a "humigator" is helping potato growers across the U.S. have yearlong control over their potatoes. Its primary function is to clean the air of potato storage sites. By doing so, the pathogens known for inflicting diseases like silver scurf and black dot disease are taken out. |…
The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA)'s latest research has revealed 5,053 certified organic operations in Canada, accounting for 2.43 million acres of land.  Key findings Organic acreage in Canada increased by over 70,000 acres to 2.43 million acres, or 1.5%, between 2014 and 2015. Organic areas now account for approximately…
Potato seed tubers harbouring Dickeya dianthicola and Pectobacterium wasabiae are the only confirmed source of these pathogens.
  Red-skinned varieties will make up half of the total selections that will be released from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) breeders at the annual Potato Selection Release Open House on Feb. 15th.  From adaptability to the processing market and high yields to disease resistance, these potential new varieties have it…
February 8th, 2017 has been coined Food Freedom Day by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA). This means that as of February 8th, Canadians will have earned enough income (on average) to pay their grocery bill for the entire year.
Four industry icons will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame this year. Robert (Bob) Lang, Arthur Loughton, John (Jack) Riddell and John (Jack) Charles Steckley have all been selected by the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association as worthy candidates based on their life-long commitments to Ontario’s…
Syngenta Canada has announced the expansion of the Aprovia fungicide label to include additional soil-borne diseases affecting potato production, including Verticillium wilt, one of the main contributors to potato early dying. Potato early dying is a complex and economically significant disease that is widespread across many growing areas, but difficult…
The board of directors of the P.E.I. Potato Board, which owns the station, met recently and made the decision to close the facility. Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, said the decision was not made lightly, but the services offered at the facility had become redundant. |…
Cavendish Farms will begin construction of a new multimillion-dollar facility in north Lethbridge next spring, the largest private investment ever in the city’s history. It’s the first step towards construction of a new $350-million state-of-the-art frozen potato processing plant that will replace its aging facility in the industrial area.| READ MORE
Nov. 21, 2016, Prince Edward Island – The Prince Edward Island Potato Board says the high price for potatoes will put millions of extra dollars into the provincial economy this winter. | READ MORE

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