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A modern renewable fuel standard

ONTARIO DEVELOPING NEW GAS REGULATIONS

THE NEXT STEP in the Ontario government’s Climate Change Action Plan is the development of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline by five per cent by the year 2020. The Ontario government’s proposed RFS will replace the current ethanol mandate Ontario farmers have relied on. [Read more]

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U.S. files WTO complaint

CHINA'S GRAIN SUPPORTS AT ISSUE

CHARGING THAT CHINA’S market price supports create government incentives for Chinese farmers to ramp up corn, wheat, and rice production, the United States has initiated a new trade enforcement action against China. In 2015, China’s [Read more]

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Endocrine disruptor legislation

INDUSTRY FIGHTING TIGHTER REGULATIONS

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has proposed new evaluations for endocrine disrupting substances which threaten to significantly impact the future import of agricultural products grown in North America. Industry representatives warn that the new legislative process currently [Read more]

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Regulatory changes and impacts

ONTARIO'S NEONICOTINOID RESTRICTIONS

IN SEPTEMBER, A private members bill to change parts of the Pesticides Act (ON Reg. 63/09) was tabled by Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce) in the Ontario legislature. Bill 4, known as the Supporting Agricultural [Read more]

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The “future” of glyphosate

POTENTIAL RESTRICTION AFFECTS EU FARMERS

AS OF AUGUST 22, 2016, new restrictions around the use of glyphosate came into force in the European Union (EU). The restrictions came on the tail of two months worth of failed talks where a [Read more]

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U.S. GMO labelling law

AVOIDING A PATCHWORK OF STATE LAWS

THE NATIONAL BIOENGINEERED Food Disclosure Standard aims to establish uniform labeling rules across the United States for foods containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. Signed into law by President Barack Obama in July, it would replace [Read more]

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Brexit fallout

GRAIN MARKETS AND TRADE

THE UNITED KINGDOM (U.K.) held a referendum on its participation in the European Union (EU) on June 23 which resulted in 52 per cent of voters choosing to leave. Commodities everywhere were rocked by the [Read more]

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Rural rejuvenation

SUPPORTING RURAL COMMUNITIES WITH AN EYE TO GROWTH

WHEN THE FEDERAL budget of 2016 was announced in late March, the focus was on infrastructure spending — a lot of so-called ‘unsexy’ projects that would be funded in order to stimulate the economy. There [Read more]

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Safety straight talk

REFOCUSING THE CONVERSATION

HOW DO YOU approach safety on your farm?  Each year, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) hosts the Canadian Agriculture Safety Week focusing on a particular aspect of reducing farm-related injuries and death. This year, [Read more]

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Protecting Lake Erie

PREPARING FOR NUTRIENT REDUCTION TARGETS

IT WAS FORTY-FOUR years ago in 1972 when the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) came into being. It was all about the Great Lakes — a commitment by the governments of Canada and the [Read more]