Category Archives: Agriculture

Invasive wild pigs in national park for first time at Alberta’s Elk Island

EDMONTON — One of the most destructive and rapidly spreading invasive species on the continent has been found for the first time in a Canadian national park.  Wild pigs, which tear up landscapes and eat everything from roots to bird eggs

Alberta elk ranchers want province to OK hunt farms despite disease, ethical concerns

Alberta game ranchers are lobbying governments in the province in a renewed attempt to legalize hunt farms. They say it's an industry that could bring millions of dollars to rural communities, but the farms are strongly opposed by wildlife scientists a...

Farmers say heat wave, drought show vulnerable agricultural sector needs support

When an unprecedented heat wave "cooked" the cherries growing at his family's farm in Oliver, B.C., Pravin Dhaliwal tried to see past the financial loss to the passion that spurred him to follow in the footsteps of his father and

B.C. public health order places moratorium on new mink farms due to COVID-19

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — British Columbia has placed a moratorium on new mink farms and capped existing farms at their current numbers after two more of the animals tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. The Agriculture Ministry says each farm

‘Heartbreaking’: Ottawa to help farmers and ranchers affected by drought

WINNIPEG — Help is on the way for Canadian farmers and ranchers severely affected by this year's drought. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced several of steps Thursday following a tour of Manitoba's Interlake Region to see how ex...

B.C. government puts 18-month ban on rodenticides to help protect wildlife

VICTORIA — The B.C. government has temporarily banned the sale of rodenticides to protect owls and other wildlife from poisoning. The Environment Ministry says it will review alternatives during the 18-month ban of “second-generation anticoagulant rode...

Canadian producers hoping U.S. eases cannabis prohibitions nervously eyeing calendar

WASHINGTON — Canada's cannabis industry, banking on the chance to expand into the United States, is nervously eyeing the American political calendar and the Biden administration's narrow legislative window to ease federal prohibitions on recreational m...

Study outlines ‘natural climate solutions’ to help Canada meet emissions targets

Canada could reach one-third of its greenhouse gas reduction targets by making better use of its vast forests, prairies and wetlands, says a report by more than three dozen scientists. The researchers from universities, governments and environmental gr...

World body says Canadian beef officially poses ‘negligible risk’ for mad cow disease

WASHINGTON — An international animal-health watchdog has officially declared Canadian beef as posing "negligible risk" for mad cow disease.  The designation, which is the most preferred category, was approved earlier today by the World Organization for...

World body says Canadian beef officially poses ‘negligible risk’ for mad cow disease

WASHINGTON — Canadian beef producers are finally able to turn the page on the mad cow era, the federal agriculture minister said Thursday after an international animal-health watchdog gave the industry a long-awaited all-clear.  The Paris-based World O...