Agricultural report for Monday, November 1, 2021


Ingrid Johnston, co-owner and manager of Onward Ranch near 150 Mile House in British Columbia, will focus on how primary producers can directly market their agricultural products and ship them to consumers without the need for a distribution company or an intermediary.

Ken Coles is executive director of the Farming Smarter agricultural innovation hub in Lethbridge, Alta. He hopes to change the way people farm by studying local farm innovation organizations around the world.

Odette Ménard, from Saint-Simon de Bagot, Que. works in soil and water conservation for the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. Menard is an expert in the behavior of earthworms and the improvement of soils by direct seeding. His subject of study is to recognize and understand the behavioral changes necessary to adopt long-term soil health practices.

Lauren Park is a beekeeper and operates two farms in Forest Hill, Nova Scotia. She specializes in queen rearing as well as fruit pollination and honey production. She will study queen bee health and the impact of queen bees on sustainability in the beekeeping industry.

Mark Phillips, Marketing Specialist for the PEI Potato Board, aims to learn more about the issues producers face when it comes to building public trust and how to work with the public to foster a understanding of agricultural practices.

Nuffield Canada is part of a larger international community, which includes affiliate organizations in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ireland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, UK United, United States of America and Zimbabwe.

Farmers in the United States are expressing concerns about shortages and high prices caused by tariffs on fertilizers.

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) joined four other farm groups urging the US Tribunal of International Trade to overturn an earlier ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that imposed tariffs on phosphate fertilizers imported from Morocco.

Iowa farmer and NCGA president Chris Edgington said growers were feeling the pain of tariffs.

“We are worried about fertilizer shortages next year. We desperately need the US Tribunal of International Trade to remedy this situation, ”he said.

The US Department of Commerce recommended in February 2021 that the ITC apply tariffs of more than 19% on fertilizers imported from Morocco after Mosaic Company filed a petition with the department requesting the levies. The ITC voted in March to impose the tariffs while adding similar levies on Russian imports.

As a result, critical sources of imported supplies were excluded from the US market and fertilizer costs increased for farmers.

“Farmers pay the price when input companies monopolize a market,” Edgington said. “To do our job and keep prices reasonable, we need quick access to fertilizers from many companies, including those outside the United States.”

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