A. Donald Kroeker
1935 –

Agricultural Hall of Fame: Donald Kroeker

Five new members of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame were inducted July 17 at a ceremony 
in Portage la Prairie

Donald (Don) Kroeker was born on January 6, 1935, in Winkler, Manitoba. He graduated with a BSA from the University of Manitoba in 1957, majoring in agricultural economics. Don was awarded the Gold Medal for outstanding scholarship. In 1957, Don married Eileen McGill and together they raised five daughters, Wendy, Kathy, Diane, Cindy and Donna. […]

Bunge plans new grain terminal in GrainCorp country — August 20, 2014


Sydney | Reuters – Agricultural trading house Bunge plans to build a port terminal on Australia’s east coast, boosting competition for the country’s largest agribusiness, GrainCorp. Bunge Australia said on Wednesday the terminal would be built in Geelong, Victoria, with capacity to export 45,000 tonnes of grain a year. The proposed new port is likely […]

U.S. livestock: Profit-taking undercuts CME live cattle — August 19, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Tuesday, weighed down by profit-taking that pared morning gains and snapped the market’s three-day winning streak. August live cattle ended 1.1 cents per pound lower at 150.5, and October down 1.325 cents at 147.225 cents (all figures US$). CME live cattle spiked […]

Poland asks EU to complain to WTO over Russian embargo — August 19, 2014


Warsaw | Reuters — Poland has asked the European Commission to lodge a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a Russian ban on EU food products that has hit Poland particularly hard, the Polish economy ministry said Tuesday. The Commission has so far been cautious about taking the embargo case to the […]

U.S. grains: Wheat rises on Ukraine supply concerns — August 19, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures advanced on Tuesday on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine, a major exporter, while new-crop soybeans slipped as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests. Traders focused on Ukraine, expected to be the world’s second-largest grain exporter in the 2014-15 marketing year, as a spokesman for […]

Ukraine to lose 15 per cent of grain crop in violence-hit regions — August 19, 2014


Moscow/Kiev | Reuters – Ukraine will lose 15 per cent of its grain crop in two violence-hit regions in the country’s east, a spokesman for Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said. The former Soviet republic, expected to be the world’s second-largest grain exporter in the 2014-15 marketing year, has suffered major disruption since a pro-Russian […]

Russia seeks ways to soften import bans’ impact — August 18, 2014


Moscow | Reuters – Russia will allow imports from neighbouring Belarus and Kazakhstan of food processed from Western raw materials, as Moscow seeks to damp down domestic food price rises triggered by its ban on food imports from the West. On Aug. 7, Russia banned all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetable imports from the […]

EU fruit, veg growers get $180M to help with Russia ban — August 18, 2014


Brussels | Reuters — The European Union’s fruit and vegetable growers will get financial aid of up to 125 million euros (C$181.9 million) to help them cope with Russia’s ban on most Western food imports, which has created a glut of produce in peak harvest time, the European Commission said. Russia has declared a one-year […]

U.S. livestock: CME live, feeder cattle up third straight day — August 18, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Monday finished higher for a third session in a row, supported by spillover short-covering from late last week, traders said. August live cattle ended one cent per pound higher at 151.6, and October was up 0.8 cent at 148.55 cents (all figures US$). Futures […]

U.S. grains: Wheat dips on easing Black Sea fears — August 18, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – U.S. wheat futures slid on Monday, giving back some of the strong gains made in the previous two sessions as fears of potential supply disruptions from the Black Sea region eased. New-crop corn futures dropped as a private U.S. crop tour reported large yield potential, while soybeans inched higher. Tensions between […]