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Sour grapes: N.S. pauses subsidy to wine bottlers that drew ire of wineries

Sour grapes: N.S. pauses subsidy to wine bottlers that drew ire of wineries

HALIFAX — Following weeks of criticism, the Nova Scotia government is backing away from a contentious subsidy for wine bottlers that the province’s wineries said undercut their operations.
B.C. to provide $80 million to help farmers cope with drought

B.C. to provide $80 million to help farmers cope with drought

DELTA, B.C. — Rancher Werner Stump said spring is usually a "season of optimism" for farmers in British Columbia, but worries linger after unprecedented drought last year and another dry season looming.
New York to probe sputtering legal marijuana program as storefronts lag, black market booms

New York to probe sputtering legal marijuana program as storefronts lag, black market booms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will evaluate its troubled recreational marijuana licensing program after lawsuits and bureaucratic stumbles severely hampered the legal market and allowed black-market sellers to flourish, Gov.
Saskatchewan government to start work on $1.15B irrigation project

Saskatchewan government to start work on $1.15B irrigation project

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is set to begin work on a $1.15-billion project to expand irrigation, a move Premier Scott Moe says will help fulfil a dream not fully realized.
Politicians want more competition but supply management still a 'sacred cow'

Politicians want more competition but supply management still a 'sacred cow'

OTTAWA — There aren't many issues that garner support across party lines in Ottawa these days.
'Old MacDonald went broke': Technology helps grain farmers confront weather woes

'Old MacDonald went broke': Technology helps grain farmers confront weather woes

British Columbia grain farmer Malcolm Odermatt says all he can do is pray for rain this spring after repeated droughts sabotaged his harvest last year.
Value of Canadian farmland rises 11.5 per cent in 2023: report

Value of Canadian farmland rises 11.5 per cent in 2023: report

REGINA — The value of Canadian farmland rose 11.5 per cent in 2023, a new report by agriculture lending firm Farm Credit Canada has found. Chief economist J.P.
This B.C. farm can grow softball-sized peaches. This year they'll rely on vegetables

This B.C. farm can grow softball-sized peaches. This year they'll rely on vegetables

One of the first indicators of how bountiful a fruit harvest will be in British Columbia comes months before any peaches, apricots or nectarines start fattening on trees.
Canada concerned as final rule for 'Product of USA' meat labels announced

Canada concerned as final rule for 'Product of USA' meat labels announced

Canada's federal government as well as organizations representing some the nation's beef producers warn a decision south of the border about "Product of USA" labels on meat, poultry and eggs could disrupt supply chains.
'Clean slate' to reshape B.C. wine industry, after climate-related catastrophes

'Clean slate' to reshape B.C. wine industry, after climate-related catastrophes

The heart of British Columbia's wine industry is reeling after suffering a litany of climate-related hits, resulting in two years of crop losses in the southern Interior. Record-breaking heat. Wildfires and smoke that repeatedly contaminated grapes.