Pictured above: Greenhouse production of sunflower microgreens in biodegradable containers.

By David Wees, agr., Faculty Lecturer, Farm Management & Technology Program and Dept. of Plant Science, FAES

Ah, spring: that time of year when farmers and gardeners can’t wait to plant. Even apartment dwellers want to see some green, but with most of the world’s population now living in urban areas, space to grow may be limited.

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Published on: 2 May 2024

Upset about high interest rates, growing paperwork and heavy regulatory burdens, protesting farmers have become a familiar sight across Quebec since December.

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Published on: 23 Apr 2024

Maison Riviera has abandoned the glass containers that have made its name since their arrival on the market in 2015 in favor of plastic. Fans of Riviera yogurt who have lids sold separately by the company to give a second life to the little glass pots will still be able to use them, however, since the new plastic containers, arriving in the dairy aisle at the end of August, are made in the same format.

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Published on: 23 Apr 2024

From bad weather to global conflicts, and even the breakdown of supply chains, food prices are subject to unpredictable variations.

Here's a look at what's been shaking up the food market in recent years.

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Published on: 17 Apr 2024

When it comes to valuable outside-the-classroom learning experiences, a competition attended by a team of students from McGill’s Macdonald Campus ticked all the boxes. 

Four students in the Farm Management and Technology (FMT) program travelled to California in early April for the 2024 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge.

Published on: 16 Apr 2024

CBC News interviewed agronomist and economist Pascal Thériault, McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director, about recent protests by Quebec farmers asking for more government aid as they face rising costs of business and financial hardship.

"There's a need to actually start re-thinking programs to be able to better accommodate for the future over the long run," Thériault told journalists.

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Published on: 11 Apr 2024

Student engagement was high at the Future of Food Conference in Ottawa, as youth turned out to hear panellists and keynote speeches by stakeholders from across the agriculture value chain.

Several student groups from Queen’s, McGill and the University of Ottawa heard about sustainability, innovation and politics in agriculture at the February event.

McGill Farm Management and Technology student Aidan Velthuis, who grew up on a dairy farm south of Ottawa, attended the conference.

Published on: 9 Apr 2024

McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director Pascal Thériault spoke to Radio-Canada's Le Café Show about what regenerative agriculture is, how it can improve water retention in the soil—an increasingly important consideration as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of drought in the prairies, and its role in carbon capture.

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Published on: 2 Apr 2024

Rising costs of cocoa due to drought and disease affecting crop yields is proof of how global warming is hitting our pocketbooks, agronomist and economist Pascal Thériault, McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director, told CBC.

The food system "relies on stability, and what climate change does is it creates situations where nothing is stable," he said.

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Published on: 2 Apr 2024

Large retailers are reducing their formats to cut production costs in a period of high food inflation.

Shrinkflation is not sparing the private labels that consumers love to save money on, Radio-Canada reports. Already in the spotlight for their record profits, Canada's major food retailers are in turn reducing the formats of their new products.

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Published on: 21 Mar 2024

With its burps and farts, a dairy cow emits as much methane every year as a car driven 20,000 kilometers. Ottawa has just authorized the marketing of a feed additive that could transform the fight against global warming on the farm. 3-NOP could reduce methane emissions from dairy cows by an average of 30%, and from beef cattle by an average of 45%.

How does it work?

Methane is formed in cows' rumen—the front compartment of their stomach—during digestion.

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Published on: 15 Mar 2024

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show, a cornerstone event for the agricultural industry, not only celebrates the achievements of local farmers but also showcases the latest agricultural products and technologies essential for sustaining industry growth.

Caitlin Allen, a recent graduate of McGill's Farm Management and Technology Program, aspires to one day own a dairy farm, but knows that passion and hard work are just part of the puzzle. Innovation is crucial.

Published on: 14 Mar 2024

Although bananas are not immune to price spikes, as seen recently due to poor harvests, the desire of retailers to keep them affordable and an efficient production chain largely explain why the popular fruit remains among the most accessible in the supermarket year round, agronomist and economist Pascal Thériault, McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director, told La Presse.

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Published on: 27 Feb 2024

A group of Montrealers, upon seeing a huge truck filled with unsold food from grocery stores each week in their neighbourhood, are raising the alarm about the extent of food waste.

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Published on: 20 Feb 2024

On Canada's Agriculture Day on February 13, year 2 and 3 students in McGill's Farm Management and Technology (FMT) program attended the Future of Food conference in Ottawa, thanks to sponsors Farm Credit Canada and CropLife Canada. This one-day event features speakers and industry leaders in Canadian agriculture and food discussing innovation and how Canada can shape the food industry.

Published on: 14 Feb 2024

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