By Fadi Didi
It's a topic that's likely of interest to local food producers -- soil health.
If Canadian farmers are going to continue to grow food, soil health MUST become a priority country-wide.
That's the topic of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association's seventh annual conference from November 15th until the 17th in Winnipeg.
Researcher, Blake Vince, says "we need to have soils functioning at their best capacity to withstand catastrophic events."
He says ONCE IN A HUNDRED YEAR weather events are becoming more frequent.
The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association provides a national voice for Canadians who produce hay and forage products, and for those whose production is dependent upon grassland production.
And an eastern Ontario couple are the winners of the 2016 Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award.
Marc and Chantal Bercier, owners of Le Ferme Agriber, were given the honour in Washington during the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign conference.
The award is a partnership of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association and the U.S.-based Pollinator Partnership.
The Berciers' project involved planting a variety of trees, shrubs and native flowers that help pollinators around their farm.
A group that represents independent cattle ranchers wants more say in how beef is marketed in the United States.
The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America -- or R-CALF U-S-A -- filed a lawsuit questioning why half of the $1 per-head "beef checkoff'' fee is given to the privately incorporated Montana Beef Council.
R-CALF argues that its producers are being forced to subsidize the Council's promotions, which do not distinguish between domestic and foreign beef.
R-CALF USA includes cattle ranchers and feedlot operators in 42 states.
And here's an interesting agricultural story.
Permits have been granted for a vertical strawberry-growing facility in British Columbia.
Vertical Designs says it's currently in the final stages of completing purchases and will begin construction of its vertical farm in 2017.
Spokeswoman Amanda Weber says the facility will consistent of at least 24 towers in a 1,021-square metre commercial building in Abbotsford.