Beef Producers Cashing Cheques In New Pilot Project

Beef producers are putting some extra money in their pockets with a new pilot project.

The one-year Canadian Beef Sustainable Acceleration Pilot Project is under way, aimed at creating a certified sustainable beef supply chain.

The Verified Beef Production Plus program is working with Cargill and the Beef InfoXchange System to deliver the pilot where direct financial credits flow back to cow-calf and feedlot operations on a per head basis for their qualifying cattle.

National Business Manager of Verified Beef Production Plus, Virgil Lowe, said in the first quarter from October 2017 to the end of December, producers enrolled saw a return of $10 per qualified head, with an even more impressive second quarter.

"From January to March 2018, the pilot paid a financial credit of $20.11 per head for qualifying cattle. Those per head payments went back to 111 producers and we were able to track about another 600,000 pounds of fully certified sustainable beef product."

Virgil said, in the first half of the pilot project they've tracked over one million pounds of certified sustainable beef.

Cargill is crunching the numbers and expects the financial credit will fluctuate based on the number of participating producers, volume of qualifying beef, cattle weights and demand.

He added, getting involved in the pilot project is a simple three step process.

"To qualify, either the cow-calf, backgrounder, or finishing feedlots needs to first be audited and in good standing with either ourselves, verified Beef Production Plus, or Where Food Comes From, must be a member of the Beef InfoXChange System, and be using the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency or BIXS to move in or age verify your cattle and ensure they're entered in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System Data Base."

Lowe said, they really need more cow-calf operations to get on board.

"The system tracks the cattle and enables the payments automatically so you get a cheque in the mail if you have any cattle that make it through a fully certified system."

Manitoba Farm Family Growing Soybeans For STARS

A Manitoba farm family is growing 40 acres of soybeans in support of STARS Air Ambulance.

The Verwey family, which operates Verwey Farms in the Portage La Prairie area, will donate the net profits from the crop to STARS. Verwey Farms has also challenged their fellow Manitoba farmers to show their support of STARS by following their lead.

“Living in a rural community, we think it is important to not only give back to our community, but to help keep our neighbors safe,” said Jill Verwey who noted the family was spurred to action after hearing the recent Critical Care on the Air Radiothon which aired across Golden West radio stations in Portage La Prairie, Steinbach and Winkler on May 16 and 17. “STARS helps save lives every day and continues to prove just how important the service they provide is for our rural communities. So Verwey Farms is challenging our fellow Manitoba farmers to join us in supporting STARS and the work they do to help critically ill and injured patients in our province.”

Jill says the crop is looking really good, thanks to some recent rains that passed over the area.

Any families interested in taking up the Verwey’s challenge can contact STARS Development Officer Lori Derksen at 204-833-4619 or [email protected].

Federal Gov Invests In Forage Project

On Thursday, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced a federal investment of $98,950 for the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association (CFGA) for a project funded through the AgriMarketing program under the Growing Forward 2 agreement.

"Our Government has a strong agenda for growth in agriculture and agri-food and is committed to supporting our farmers, young and old, with strategic investments and opportunities that expand growth, deliver prosperity and create well-paying middle class jobs," said MacAulay.

The investment is helping the sector increase export capacity and strengthen awareness of Canadian forage products to new and emerging markets. In addition to participating in international trade expos in the United States, the CFGA developed export readiness training for their members and developed strategies for emerging markets.

"Canada's forage sector is the largest land-use type in Canadian agriculture and is exceptionally diverse, covering over 72-million acres coast to coast," said CFGA Executive Director Cedric MacLeod. "The forage sector generates an annual value of $5.09-billion as the backbone of the ruminant livestock sector, and serves an increasingly important role in feeding livestock around the world. Forage exporters from across the country are ramping up production to service growing markets in China, the Middle East, United States and Central America. AgriMarketing program funding provides an important cost-share for our industry partners to leverage their market growth activities around the world"

A further investment of $16,000 was provided to CFGA to hire a student intern under the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative to help farmers integrate environmentally beneficial management practices into their crop planning. The initiative has created 591 youth jobs nationally, both on the farm and with organizations engaged in the agriculture and agri-food sector.

Today's announcement is part of Minister MacAulay's ‘Growing Canadian Agriculture' tour.

Monsanto, Corteva Partner On Expanded License For Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Technology

Monsanto and Corteva have announced the companies have reached an agreement on an expanded license for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology for soybeans.

Corteva Agriscience will offer U.S. and Canadian growers additional weed control flexibility through broader access to Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology across its North America seed brand portfolio.

The technology can be incorporated into the Mycogen and Dairyland Seed brands in the U.S. and the Brevant seed brand in Canada.

Soybeans containing the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend trait are the industry's first soybeans with both dicamba and glyphosate herbicide tolerance.

Competition Bureau Approves BASF Purchase Of Bayer's LibertyLink Canola System

Canada's Competition Bureau has approved BASF's acquisition of Bayer's LibertyLink canola system.

The condition is that BASF must sell its Clearfield canola system.

Bayer is selling its LibertyLink business to BASF as a condition of the company's purchase of Monsanto.

According the Competition Bureau, approximately 55% of canola seeds sold in Canada contain Bayer’s LibertyLink trait, approximately 40% contain Monsanto’s Roundup Ready trait, and approximately 5% contain BASF’s Clearfield trait. Bayer and BASF are the only firms selling a herbicide compatible with their respective traits, and Monsanto is the leading seller of glyphosate in Canada.

(VIDEO) World Class Swine Genetics Research Centre Opens In Rural Manitoba

World-renowned swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin held a grand opening Wednesday for its new state-of-the-art research centre located in the R.M. of Woodlands, northwest of Winnipeg.

Close to 1,000 people attended the event.

Topigs Norsvin International CEO Martin Bijl explained why the Dutch company chose Manitoba for this $15 million investment.

"The health status of the animals is of great importance, so to keep them healthy and Manitoba has the right infrastructure and low disease pressure for pigs," he said. "It's not only a question of making genetic progress with pigs, but also we would like to disseminate the genetic progress through semen and animals worldwide."

MARTIN BIJLMartin Bijl, CEO Topigs Norsvin Intl

The location is isolated from other pig production and yet it is still close to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, which makes it possible to export high-health boars and semen with the highest genetic value to the company's customers.

The centre, known as Delta Canada, houses 2,600 pigs and will test 7,500 young nucleus boars every year. The facility is equipped with a CT scanner to help improve carcass composition, robustness, and meat quality faster and with greater accuracy.

“Delta Canada will substantially increase the genetic progress in our Z-line and TN Tempo. It is part of Topigs Norsvin’s long-term breeding strategy and will substantially contribute to our target of doubling genetic progress in the coming period.” said Hans Olijslagers, chief technology officer of Topigs Norsvin.

Manitoba Pork Chair George Matheson, who attended the event, explained what the facility will mean for Manitoba.

"The previous government wasn't overly friendly to the pork industry. This government is and now we've got companies showing interest and settling in Manitoba. Topigs Norsvin is one of the most renowned genetics companies in the world. It's a wonderful thing, it can only mean good things for the industry and for the province and for this municipality."

The facility will make it easier and faster to supply customers around the world with the latest top genetics. The first boars will leave the center at end of this year.

TOPIGS1 SUBMITTEDAerial view of the facility - photo supplied

Stats Canada/USDA Release Updated Acreage Reports


Statistics Canada says that this year Canadian farmers reported seeding less canola and soybeans acres, crops that were both at record levels in 2017.

Canadian soybean acres are down about 13.2 per cent to 6.3 million acres. Manitoba acres are down 17.5 per cent to 1.9 million acres, the first drop in a decade.

Canadian farmers reported seeding 22.7 million acres of canola in 2018, down 1.1% from 23 million acres in 2017. Manitoba canola acres increased 8.1 per cent to 3.4 million acres.

Canadian farmers reported an overall increase in the area sown to all wheat varieties in 2018, up 10.4% to 24.7 million acres. The gain was mainly driven by a 9.5% rise in spring wheat seeded area, which increased by 1.5 million acres in 2018. Durum wheat seeded area rose by 980,400 acres (+18.8%), which has also contributed to the gain of wheat area sown in 2018. Manitoba producers reported that their area sown to all varieties of wheat increased by 7.5% in 2018. Similar to the other Prairie provinces, the increase in Manitoba was driven by a gain in spring wheat seeded area (+8.7%).

Canadian farmers reported their total acreage seeded to corn for grain remained relatively stable at 3.6 million acres in 2018, up 1.6% from 2017. Area seeded to corn for grain in Manitoba rose in 2018, up 4.4% to a record 428,000 acres.

Total area seeded to barley rose 12.7% from last year to 6.5 million acres in 2018. Canadian farmers reported seeding 3.1 million acres of oats, down 4.6% from 2017.

Total seeded acreage of dry peas and lentils have also decreased this year, potentially as a result of tariffs imposed by India. Canadian farmers reported that areas seeded to lentils decreased 14.5% in 2018 to 3.8 million acres. Acreage seeded to dry peas fell 12.0% to 3.6 million acres.

The USDA also released its updated acreage report today. Corn plantings at 89.1 million acres, soybeans at 89.6 million acres, all wheat at 47.8 million acres. All three numbers increased from the March estimate.

Early Season Root Rot Reported In Soybeans & Sunflowers

In its latest insect and disease update, Manitoba Agriculture says early season root rot has been reported in both soybeans and sunflowers.

Phytophthora root rot is suspected in the soybean sample that came from central Manitoba and rhizoctonia root rot is suspected in the sample that came from southeastern Manitoba. The incidence of disease in these fields was low overall, but affected plants were obvious.

Current insects to watch for include grasshoppers, diamondback moth and thrips on barley.


Liberals Announce Retaliatory Tariffs For U.S. Products

The Liberals have released its list of tariffs in response to the United States announced tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada.

The U.S. has applied a 25 per cent tariff to steel and a 10 per cent tariff to aluminum.

Canada will match those amounts on U.S. steel and aluminum in addition to a ten per cent tariff on a number of other U.S. products.

Some of the ag-related items include coffee, yogurt, maple syrup, ketchup, whisky, and certain types of insecticides and fungicides.

The tariffs are scheduled to come into effect on Sunday, July 1.


KAP President Looking Forward To FPT Meetings

Vancouver is the host site for this month's federal/provincial/territorial agriculture ministers meeting, taking place the week of July 15.

Keystone Agricultural Producers President Dan Mazier recently met with Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler to prepare for the meeting. Mazier will be in Vancouver together with members from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to meet with the ministers.

He called for one western voice on trade and market access, stressing that western agriculture leaders need to collectively push the federal government to access new markets for grains and livestock through new trade agreements.

During the meeting Mazier pointed to the success western governments and farm groups achieved on The Transportation Modernization Act when they all worked together.

He said this same type of collaboration must be used to attain robust reviews of AgriInvest and AgriStability, and create Business Risk Management programs that are suitable for western farmers.

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