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Even farm animal diversity is declining as accelerating species loss threatens humanity
The accelerating disappearance of Earth's species of both wild and domesticated plants and animals constitutes a fundamental threat to the well-being and even the survival of humankind, warns the founding Chair of a new global organization created to narrow the gulf between leading international biodiversity scientists and national policy-makers.
In Norway to address an elite gathering of 450 international officials with government responsibilities in the fields of biodiversity and economic planning, Zakri Abdul Hamid offered his first public remarks since being elected in January to head the new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an independent body modelled on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment
This is a brief chronology of the current Conservative Canadian government's long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making. It is a government that is beholden to big business, particularly big oil, and that makes every attempt to shape public policy to that end. It is a government that fundamentally doesn't believe in science. It is a government that is more interested in keeping its corporate masters happy than in protecting the environment.
FCC: Position Opening Moncton
Farm Credit Canada is seeking a Senior Relationship Manager, Agribusiness and Agri-Food, for their Moncton office.
Frost destroys up to 30 per cent of tomato crop
Tomato farmers are trying to calculate the total cost of damage frost did to their crops on the weekend.
Walter Brown grows more than 70 hectares of processing tomatoes on his Leamington farm and called it an unusual cold snap.
P.E.I. ag officials: Blueberry yield looks promising
Blueberry growers on the Island say they're looking forward to a great year, thanks to the survival of many plants over the winter.
Chris Jordan, the berry crop development officer with the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Forestry, said a large number of plants survived the winter, a good indication it will be a good year for blueberries.
Farmer's markets: The hot new grocer is the old one
It's been a late spring, but soon the crops will be sprouting in fields across the province.
Farmers' markets are popping up almost as quickly in parks and parking lots across the city. While they're touted as a new way to foster community and healthy eating, this increasingly popular way of getting local and organic food is also a return to our roots.
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APP found in Nova Scotia tree
Atlantic Farm Focus
A Pacific Gala tree in an orchard near Kentville, Nova Scotia has tested positive for apple proliferation phytoplasma (APP) — one of the most critical diseases of the apple tree.
Science dealt another blow
While the specific impacts of the federal government's announcement that some 700 employees may lose their jobs at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada labs and farms remain unknown, there should be no illusion that Saskatchewan will escape unscathed.
Prairie farmers take advantage of planting window
Weather conditions were good for spring seeding across much of Western Canada, with producers in the Prairie provinces getting in about a third of the crop in recent days, according to a CWB official.
To end poverty worldwide, fix African agriculture first
The Globe and Mail
The public chorus to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 now includes U.S. President Barack Obama, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Bono. The backdrop is extremely promising since the developing world has already cut the share of people living in absolute poverty — that is, on less than the equivalent of $1.25 a day — by half since 1990. At a consistent rate of progress, the other half could well cross the line in another 20 years too.
Canada's soil quality improving
Some critics frequently excoriate Canada's environmental record and imply that it is becoming more polluted and less environmentally healthy. But a new report from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy doesn't support that conclusion: Canada's natural environment, in fact, is becoming cleaner and greener. The report was written by Senior Policy Analyst Ben Eisen and intern Romy Yourex. Today: a look at soil quality.
Livestock producers encouraged to become involved in discussing how farm animals are raised
The chair of the Provincial Animal Care Committee says it's important for livestock producers to become more involved in demonstrating to the public how they raise and care for farm animals.
The Provincial Animal Care Committee, an informal group of livestock producers, researchers and government veterinarians who get together to discuss issues facing livestock producers and share ideas that help foster a positive image of animal agriculture and how livestock are raised met recently in Winnipeg.
Canada threatens retaliation as meat labelling deadline passes
Canada said it is considering the use of retaliatory tariffs to defend producers from what many in the agriculture industry say is the biggest threat to their livelihoods since the BSE crisis.
In a joint statement, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast said the Canadian government is "very disappointed" with regulatory changes brought forward by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the contentious Country of Origin Labelling program.
Strong demand to support lentil prices
Lentil prices should remain strong because of soaring demand and shrinking supply, say two major pulse processors.
"Production shortfalls projected for India may represent a demand catalyst that we expect may continue through the second half of the year," Murad Al-Katib, president of Alliance Grain Traders, said in a news release.
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National Farm Business Management Innovation Roundtable, Ottawa, Ontario, June 12-13, 2013, Ottawa, Ontario, June 12-13, 2013
Breadbasket 2.0 - National Summit, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 17-18, 2013.
Canadian Society of Animal Science and Canadian Meat Science Association joint meeting, Banff, Alberta, June 18-20, 2013.
Agri Investment Forum, Toronto, Ontario, June 26, 2013.
International Livestock Congress, Calgary, Alberta, July 10, 2013.
Canadian Society of Soil Science Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 22-24, 2013.
Society of Agronomy, American Society of Agronomy , Crop Science
Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Joint Meeting, Tampa, Florida, November 3-6, 2013
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