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Reference Margin Limit removed from AgriStability

As a result of last week’s federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) meeting of Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture, the Reference Margin Limit (RML) has been removed from AgriStability, retroactive to 2020.

Health Canada seeking feedback on plant breeding

Health Canada is seeking feedback on two new pieces of guidance for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding. The intent is to ensure greater clarity on the regulation of plant-derived novel foods.

Supreme Court of Canada rules on carbon tax

On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal government’s carbon tax is constitutional.The plan will impose mandatory minimum pricing on carbon in an effort to curb GHG emissions.
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Using weather modelling projects to help make decisions

Two new western Canadian research projects look to provide improved risk modelling and rules of thumb for decision-making in extreme weather conditions. University of Manitoba researcher Paul Bullock, aims to develop a FHB risk assessment tool. A project co-led by Manitoba Agriculture’s Timi Ojo and AAFC’s Ramona Mohr will see N recommendations for extreme moisture conditions based on local historical weather trends. » Learn more

Soybean gall midge: Heading towards Canada?

Over the past few years, soybean growers in the Midwestern U.S. have faced a new pest: the soybean gall midge. According to the University of Minnesota’s Robert Koch, this midge is entirely new to science. While initially considered a minor pest, a 2018 outbreak in several Midwest counties proved the pest to have economic and yield consequences. Could this pest eventually come to the Canadian Prairies? » Learn more
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