WTO panel rules against U.S. in COOL fight: WSJ — August 23, 2014

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Reuters – A World Trade Organization panel has ruled against the U.S. in a trade dispute over meat labels with Canada and Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The newspaper, citing anonymous sources familiar with the findings, said on Thursday that the U.S. lost its case before a panel set up to determine […]


Indonesia revokes beef import ban on Japan to diversify supply — August 22, 2014

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JAKARTA, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Indonesia has revoked a four-year ban on beef and cattle imports from Japan, in a move to reduce dependence on Australian shipments and diversify its supply sources, an official in the Southeast Asian nation’s agriculture ministry said on Friday. The move follows the announcement this week of talks that will allow the resumption of Indonesian […]


Belarus cancels import ban on live cattle from EU — August 22, 2014

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Minsk | Reuters — Belarus, aiming to boost food exports to neighbouring Russia, has cancelled a ban on live cattle from the European Union, Yuri Pivovarchuk, the head of veterinary surveillance at the Belarussian agriculture ministry, said. Minsk said the cancellation of the ban was not caused by its plans to increase exports to Russia, […]


Colorado voters to weigh in on GMO food labeling — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — Colorado voters in November will have their say on a proposition that would require labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). Proponents of GMO labeling initiatives, who say they have the right to know what is in their food, have been gaining steam in the U.S. Their wins have come despite […]


France forced to import wheat as rain hits crop quality — August 22, 2014

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Paris | Reuters — France’s rain-hit wheat crop has delivered the first shock of the 2014-15 season: the EU’s top grower and exporter is buying Lithuanian and British milling wheat to mix with its unusually poor-grade crop to meet contracts signed before the harvest. French exports exceed those of Britain and Lithuania on the world […]


DuPont to shed Kocide fungicide business — August 21, 2014

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DuPont’s copper fungicide Kocide, used in Canada to manage diseases in bean, potato and assorted hort crops, is set to meet a new maker. DuPont Crop Protection announced Wednesday it will sell its global copper fungicide business — including its Kocide and ManKocide brands and trademarks and its Houston, Tex.-based copper fungicide plant — to […]


U.S. grains: Markets rebound from losses, contract low in soy — August 21, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – U.S. grain futures edged higher on Thursday in a rebound from losses the previous session, with solid export sales helping to support the recovery. Soybeans settled mixed, after the new-crop contract matched a contract low set on Wednesday on expectations of bumper U.S. harvests. Expectations for massive U.S. crops continued to […]


U.S. livestock: CME hogs turn higher on short-covering — August 21, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog contracts closed higher on Thursday on short-covering and futures’ discount to CME’s hog index at US109.25 cents. October and December ended 1.125 cents higher at 93.625 and 87.55 cents per pound, respectively (all figures US$). CME hogs had a relative strength index (RSI) of 15. A RSI […]


Mentoring food and business skills among a younger generation, and closer connection to consumers are some of the benefits that will come from improving the business environment for smaller-scale direct marketers, said proponents at MAFRD-hosted consultations across Manitoba.

Small-scale producers want regs re-evaluated

Supply management limits and restrictions on advertising were among the concerns

Producers attending public consultations on small-scale food production last week had a consistent message — the current system prohibits their success, and food safety rules and regulations need to be re-evaluated. Not everyone is so lucky. Monika Zinn, a small-scale mixed-livestock producer in Springfield, raises and directly markets chickens. She was not grandfathered. She said […]


This WeatherFarm map shows the total amount of precipitation across agricultural Manitoba from May 1 through to Aug. 16. The Interlake region has been the driest during this period, with far-western regions seeing fairly wet conditions. The wettest area during this period was in the southern Red River Valley, which received over 500 mm of rain.

Warm and muggy, followed by cool and wet

Issued Monday, August 18, 2014. Covering August 20 – August 27, 2014

It looks like our weather pattern will undergo some changes over the next week or two. This forecast period will start off on the warm side, but by the weekend temperatures could be getting fairly cool. Don’t worry; it doesn’t look like summer is finished just yet. By Wednesday of this week the weather models […]