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Greening through regulation

FARMERS’ PLACE IN THE EU’S GREEN ECONOMY FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1962, the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a system that implements agricultural subsidies and other programs. Every year, CAP provides some €50–60 of [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]

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Legal action update

PROTECTING ONTARIO GRAIN FARMERS ON OCTOBER 23, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice denied Grain Farmers of Ontario’s request for a stay and interpretation on the seed treatment regulations passed into law July 1, 2015. [Read more]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership

NEW TRADE DEAL HAS LIMITED IMPACT ON GRAIN FARMERS THE TRANS-PACIFIC Partnership (TPP) is billed as the most comprehensive trade agreement in the world. It’s designed to foster trade and economic ties within the Asia-Pacific [Read more]

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EU considers national bans on GMOs

POTENTIAL IMPACT ON CANADIAN EXPORTS IN NOVEMBER 2014, the European parliament went through a six-month review process of the current biotechnology trait approval process within the European Union (EU). The review was suggested by trading [Read more]

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GMO labelling

U.S. FARM GROUPS BACK NEW LEGISLATION LABELLING FOODS THAT contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients continues to be a contentious issue in the United States, where the U.S. House of Representatives approved a food labeling bill [Read more]

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Farmer saved seed

COMPLIANCE UNDER THE NEW PBR ENVIRONMENT ON FEBRUARY 27, 2015, Canada’s new Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) Act was implemented by the Government of Canada. All crop varieties that were and will be granted PBR after [Read more]

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The effect of extreme weather

UNDERSTANDING FARMERS’ INSURANCE COVERAGE NEEDS AS?FARMERS?IN?Essex County prepare for soybean harvest, they hope the weather cooperates this fall. It certainly didn’t during planting in the spring. Farmers saw day after day of rain in May [Read more]

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Protecting water quality

U.S. FARMERS FACING NEW REGULATIONS TWO DEVELOPMENTS — A federal level regulation and a local court challenge — made water quality enforcement a hot issue for U.S. farmers this summer. The first development comes from [Read more]