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Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Friday, with support from buy stops and late-session short-covering before the afternoon’s U.S. Department of Agriculture monthly Cattle on Feed report, said traders. Analysts viewed the report as mildly bearish for live cattle futures on Monday due to May cattle placements that hit a 10-year high for the month, but were still fewer than some had expected. June, which will expire on June 30, closed 0.575 cent/lb. higher...
Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s agriculture minister prepared to travel to the U.S. on Friday to fight a ban on imports of fresh Brazilian beef, which hit shares of local meatpackers and revived concerns about the image of the world’s largest beef exporter. “We will fight for this market!” said the minister, billionaire soy baron Blairo Maggi, in a message posted to social networks late on Thursday. He said corrective steps were already being taken to address the U.S. safety concerns. The U.S. Depa...
Chicago | Reuters –– MGEX spring wheat futures jumped to a 2-1/2-year high on Friday and Chicago Board of Trade corn futures dipped to a six-month low in technically driven trade amid an outlook for generally favourable U.S. crop weather, traders said. Soybean futures touched the lowest levels in more than a year before paring losses as dealers squared positions ahead of the weekend and a U.S. Department of Agriculture quarterly stocks and U.S. acreage report due on June 30. Spring wheat futures gained ...
Brazil to try to reverse US ban on Brazil meatSAO PAULO - Brazil's agriculture minister plans to travel to the United States to try to reverse the American ban of beef imports from Latin America's biggest country.Blairo Maggi's posted social media comments on his trip and the ban late Thursday, hours after U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced in a statement the immediate suspension of all Brazilian fresh beef imports because of safety concerns.The U.S. statement said suspension will remain in ...
Italian farmers alarmed as dry spell prompts water rationingROME - Italy's farm lobby is warning that agricultural production is plummeting nationwide because of prolonged heat and dry weather — and authorities are now rationing water and declaring a state of emergency in some areas.Milk levels are down 20 per cent because cows are too hot to eat. Prosciutto and parmesan production is similarly at risk because animals in Parma are sweltering and the Po River that irrigates the area is 1.5 metres (5 feet) ...
Kansas jury awards $218M to farmers in Syngenta GMO suitKANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas federal jury awarded nearly $218 million on Friday to farmers who sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety.Syngenta vowed to appeal the verdict favouring four Kansas farmers representing roughly 7,300 growers from that state in what served as the first test case of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits assailing Syngenta's decision to introduce its Viptera seed s...
Brad Wall to meet with western U.S. governorsREGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he'll be reiterating a message about the importance of free trade when he attends a meeting of governors from western states.Wall says in a news release that his message next week will be the same one he delivered earlier this year in Iowa and Washington, D.C. — that Canada and the United States have both benefited greatly from liberalized trade.He says any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement mus...
(Reuters) — A U.S. jury has ordered Syngenta AG to pay $217.7 million to more than 7,000 Kansas farmers over its decision to commercialize a genetically modified strain of corn before China approved importing it. Today’s verdict by a federal jury in Kansas City, Kansas, was announced by lawyers for the farmers, who blamed the Swiss company for causing catastrophic damage to them after Chinese officials began refusing U.S. corn shipments in 2013. Their case was the first to go to trial. Thousands of othe...
Prairie growers should be checking their alfalfa fields for alfalfa weevils as soon as possible, say forage experts in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. If weevil larvae numbers are high, the alfalfa crop should be cut immediately, weather permitting. If that’s not possible, growers should consider a pesticide application. “There are many alfalfa fields where if it’s not hayed or sprayed, very soon, there will be quite significant damage,” said Lorne Klein, Saskatchewan Agriculture’s forage specialist in...
It’s the final day of Canada’s Farm Progress Show for 2017 and organizers are celebrating Heritage Day in honour of the 40th anniversary. A team of Clydesdales will lead the antique tractor parade around the grounds today, winding through the latest innovations in farm equipment at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Rain and wind yesterday resulted in an attendance drop year-over-year of about 2,000 people but was still strong at 14,500. You can follow all our Canada’s Farm Progress Show coverage here. A Thursday hig...
On a previous program, Kelly Turkington, research scientist with Agriculture Canada, discussed how fusarium head blight is driven by weather conditions....
With the recent rainfall across the province in the past week, crop development has improved. The warm and wet weather was welcomed in areas that were experiencing moisture stress....
About 200 people attended the second annual CanolaPALOOZA event held Thursday in Portage la Prairie....
Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) hosted a tour Thursday at its First Street Pasture Site near Brandon....
Canada's Farm Progress Show opened Wednesday with attendance on par with 2016 numbers. The show's first-ever Women in Ag theme day honoured and recognized the much greater role women are playing in agriculture today....
The second day of Canada's Farm Progress Show on Thursday paid tribute to young farmers in Saskatchewan. Attendance was strong but down slightly compared to 2016 given the rainy and windy weather....
One of Canada’s fastest growing grain companies has added another piece to its national network of elevators and export terminals. G3 Canada officially opened a new export terminal at the Port of Hamilton in southern Ontario this week. The 50,000 tonne facility will consist of steel storage bins and primarily handle grain and oilseed crops that are produced in Ontario, with the majority of inbound grain to be delivered by truck. The terminal will also have the capacity to serve as a transfer terminal for ...
2017 marks over 30 years of pesticide safety education for Ontario vendors and growers....
The first and only Canadian to ever command the International Space Station is scheduled to bring the marvels of science and space travel to guests as the Grape Growers of Ontario ‘grow into the future’ at the 2017 Celebrity Luncheon....
Research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the quality of protein in wheat middlings and red dog, two coproducts of the wheat milling process that can be included in diets fed to pigs and other livestock....
The 40th edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show is underway in Regina, and WP reporters are there covering all facets of the show. We’ll update this page constantly with their photos, videos and stories as long as the show is underway. You can also follow all social media using the #CFPS17 hashtag below. Our stories: Mike Raine talks to Rene Carpenter, show chair at #cfps17 Farm Progress celebrates Heritage Day REGINA — It’s the final day of Canada’s Farm Progress Show for 2017 and organizers are...
Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, released the following statement after meeting with government and agri-food business leaders in Springfield, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri:...
Chelsea Kennedy had a solo graduation ceremony...
Two instances of farm animal cruelty have occurred recently...
New Holland has extended its partnership with Curling Canada for another four years, commencing with the upcoming 2017-2018 Season of Champions curling season. In addition, New Holland assumes the exclusive title sponsorship for the Canadian Juniors tournament, renamed the New Holland Canadian Juniors, taking place Jan....
The Human Resources and Training Coordinator with Manitoba Pork says the biggest challenge for pork industry employers is attracting front line workers....
I went out on a few farm calls in the past week, and have noticed a trend. Due to the unusually wet weather this spring, some of the weeds are already producing seed out in the field! This occurs when the field was moist or wet in the spring, and was not tilled or sprayed prior to planting....
Biopesticides are classified into three main categories: biochemical, microbials and plant-incorporated protectants....
Sonny Perdue announced the suspension because of concerns about food safety....
Chicago | Reuters — The United States halted imports of fresh Brazilian beef on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, after a high percentage of shipments failed to pass safety checks. USDA had “recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market,” after increasing tests on Brazilian beef in March, according to a statement. The agency raised scrutiny on Brazilian beef and ready-to-eat products as a precaution following an investigation into corruption invo...
Conditions could be ripe for fusarium head blight across large swathes of Manitoba and Sask­atchewan. Recent rain, high humidity and warm daytime temperatures may have increased the risk of the disease in many fields of winter and spring wheat. It’s also a combination of high levels of inoculums carried over from last year in relation to temperature and relative humidity, say provincial pathologists. “Last year with high levels of fusarium across the province there’s inoculums definitely present in t...
The U.S. spring wheat crop is still in trouble despite recent rainfall. Jim Peterson, marketing director of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, said the rain came too late for much of the crop in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. “You can’t call it a timely rain because a week sooner certainly would have been much more helpful,” he said. The average U.S. spring wheat yield over the past five years is 46.4 bushels per acre. Peterson thinks this year’s crop will be in the mid-30s because of droug...
MONTMARTRE, Sask. — Bryant Gaetz was sure he was going to die. In an instant, the 16-year-old farm boy’s life flashed before his eyes. “I thought I was dying right then,” said Gaetz, recounting a harrowing day three years ago when the grain auger he was pulling with a tractor hit an overhead power line on his family’s mixed farm. With an explosion of sparks and flames, the voltage surge set the auger tires ablaze and the tractor tires exploded. The stubble was on fire by the time the Grade 10 stud...
CARON, Sask. — Vickie and Dennis Derksen feel a strong sense of responsibility toward their bees. Without them, their retirement project wouldn’t be the “cool and wonderful thing” that Vickie says it is. “It’s like having any kind of animal and you want to look after them properly,” she said. Adds Dennis: “We fell in love with our bees.” Those bees are integral to the success of Grandpa’s Garden and another business, Prairie Bee Meadery at Caron, Sask., which the couple runs with daughte...
Canada’s plan to implement a tax on greenhouse gas emissions has caused a fair bit of hand wringing among prairie farmers. However, the financial impact of a carbon tax on the western Canadian agriculture sector could be far smaller than expected, according to agricultural economists at the University of Saskatchewan. That’s because biological emissions, which are those associated with growing crops or raising livestock, will not be taxed under Ottawa’s proposed carbon tax plan. In addition, Ottawa ha...
U.S. to 'do no harm' in NAFTA: LighthizerOTTAWA - Donald Trump's trade czar says U.S. negotiators will take a "do-no-harm" approach to renegotiating NAFTA amid fears that altering the deal could hurt many American agricultural sectors.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer repeated the remarks several times Thursday as he testified before a House of Representatives committee in Washington.He insisted he would enter the upcoming NAFTA talks with the goal of modernizing outdated aspects of the 23-year-ol...
CNS Canada — Canadian farmers in most sectors are strong proponents of data-driven technology, according to a report Wednesday from Statistics Canada. The latest release from StatsCan’s 2016 Census of Agriculture showed farmers were particularly keen to jump into new technology if it improved the efficiency of their operations or their bottom lines. StatsCan spokesperson Erik Dorff said the agency has been going through old census reports dating back to 1871, showing farmers have long been ahead of the ...
Man heads to court after pigs found deadLANGTON, Ont. - A 27-year-old Ontario man is set to appear in court Thursday near London, Ont., to answer to animal cruelty charges after more than 1,000 pigs were found dead on a farm earlier this year.The Ontario SPCA says officers attended a pig farm in Langton, Ont., in February and found dead and dying pigs with no access to food.The animal welfare agency says an estimated 1,265 pigs were dead when officers arrived and an additional 250 had to be euthanized on-si...
Merged PotashCorp-Agrium to be named NutrienSASKATOON - Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) says it will be known by the much shorter name of Nutrien Inc. once it completes a merger with Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) later this year.When the deal was announced last September, it was estimated the combined company would have an enterprise value of US$36 billion by joining PotashCorp's extensive mining operations with Agrium's mining and retail network.The merger still needs regulatory approval but the ...
No deadline for NAFTA talks: U.S. trade czarOTTAWA - President Donald Trump's point person on trade says the administration's top priority is locking down the best deal possible for the U.S. in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiation— and therefore it has no deadline to complete the talks.Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the Senate finance committee Wednesday that while he wants to move as quickly as possible, sealing a "very high-standard" agreement is of far greater importance.Lighthizer said his pu...
Vermont produces its 2nd highest maple syrup cropMONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont had another sweet season, producing nearly 2 million gallons of maple syrup, the second highest amount on record.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of taps in maple trees in Vermont grew this season by 12 per cent for a total of 5.4 million.The USDA says producers were encouraged to tap trees early this season because of the warmer temperatures. The season lasted 46 days on average, compared with 44 days last year.Ver...
Tyson adopting video, welfare checks in poultry operationsPLUMERVILLE, Ark. - Tyson Foods has installed video cameras in key areas of its poultry operations and will test new ways to slaughter birds — not in response to previous "gotcha" moments but under a corporate philosophy that notes its role as a steward for millions of chickens, the company said.The Springdale, Arkansas-based meat producer last month hired its first chief sustainability officer and on Wednesday announced a series of animal well-bei...
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Cattle ranchers sue to return country-of-origin labelingSPOKANE, Wash. - Ranchers on Monday sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seeking to force meat to again be labeled if it's produced in other countries and imported to the United States.The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Spokane, seeks to overturn a March 2016 decision by the Department of Agriculture to revoke regulations requiring imported meat products to be labeled with their country of origin. That change allowed imported meat to be sold as...