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Western Update – Does Your Farm Have a Succession Plan?

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 The Great Succession – Half of Farms Have No Plan; Does Yours?
cedA recent survey suggested that 52% of family businesses don’t have a succession plans. Farms are family businesses – does that number sound about right to you? If so, there are thousands upon thousands of farms and farmers that are still dragging their feet on planning the long-term viability of their farm businesses. What will spur farmers to take action? To demystify the process and what’s at stake, Real Agriculture’s Kelvin Heppner caught up with Cedric MacLeod at the recent Agricultural Excellence Conference held at Winnipeg, Man.

Wheat School: Should Nutrition be Considered When Bringing Forward New Wheat Varieties?
While wheat breeders have traditionally focused on improving agronomic and milling characteristics of the crop, there’s value to be gained by the wheat industry in focusing on nutrition as well, says a cereal research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The nutritional characteristics of wheat have generally remained unchanged while yield potential, disease resistance and bread-making attributes have improved over the years, as Dr. Nancy Ames explained in this previous Wheat School episode.


Farming Insects – Would you like your crickets milled or in their entirety?
bugsIn 2012, Aspire Food Group began its journey to address food security in urban areas through insect farming and one year later, their hard work paid off. In 2013, Aspire won the Hult Prize. The Hult’s $1M USD contribution to the enterprise enabled the group to establish businesses in the United States, Ghana and Mexico. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization also had entomophagy on the plate in 2013, when they published Edible Insects: future prospects for food and feed security. In it, they suggest the promotion of eating insects for three key reasons: health, environment and livelihood.

  Farmers Cautioned About Risk of Mycotoxins and Allergens Showing Up in Food


A spokesperson for Canada’s baking industry suggests grain farmers will face increased scrutiny unless further mitigation practices to prevent the presence of mycotoxins and allergens in grain are implemented. “There are issues about mycotoxins and adventious presence (of allergens) that producers need to become engaged on,” said Paul Hetherington, CEO of the Baking Association of Canada, at the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Convention in Winnipeg earlier this month.


Canola School: Verticillium Wilt Confirmed in Canola – What Now?
vwiltIt’s too early to say how big a problem verticillium wilt could become for the Canadian canola industry, but it should be on the radar for growers, says the crop pathologist taking the lead on the new disease issue within Manitoba Agriculture.

As reported by Real Ag last week, the first known case of Verticillium longisporum on an oilseed crop in North America was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency this past fall. The soil-borne pathogen was found on canola plants at an undisclosed research site in Manitoba.

Created January 21, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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