Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Spending On Risk Management

By Fadi Didi

The federal government plans to spend over 700-thousand dollars on an agricultural risk management tool.


The federal government plans to spend over 700-thousand dollars on an agricultural risk management tool.

The online device called AgriShield will allow real-time assessments of the potential impact of various risks to farms, and it will provide potential solutions.

In the case of an imminent flood, the tool could help farmers to assess how much and how severe a risk they might be facing.

Then the software could recommend available mitigation measures like tiling or explore insurance coverage.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriRisk Initiatives is responsible for the initiative and the attendant investment.


The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture hoping to increase beef farming in the province's north. The government is launching consultations on a northern livestock pilot project aimed at encouraging growth in the industry.

Producers in the north seem to be happy about the concept and the attention it is receiving. Some are voicing their displeasure that it has taken so long to get to this point.

The program will be centred along the Highway 11 corridor between Cochrane and Hearst. This is the area known as the Great Clay Belt.


The wet weather in Ontario is raising concerns about  herbicide use.

Midwestern Ontario fields have been deluged, so farmers are waiting for sunny weather before re-applying herbicides that might have been washed away.

Farmers are reminded to follow label instructions on overall amounts for application, and seasonal limits for their herbicides.

Different products may specify an amount for the annual limit while others give a number of applications.

One of President Donald Trump's budget proposals could lead to more people eating mustang burgers.

The US hopes to save 10 million dollars next year by selling wild horses captured in the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter.

Wild-horse advocates say this would undo decades of work creating protection for these iconic animals. Thousands of free-roaming mustangs would end up in foreign slaughterhouses.

Trump is under pressure from livestock farmers, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association who don't want 60 thousand mustangs competing for forage on the range.

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