Three peanut firm officials guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak — September 19, 2014

Atlanta | Reuters – Three former U.S. peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, federal prosecutors said. The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, led to one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history […]


JBS delays food unit IPO amid market slide, sources say — September 19, 2014

Sao Paulo | Reuters – JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker, has put off a plan to raise 4 billion reais (US$1.7 billion) from the initial public offering of its pork, poultry and food-processing operations in Brazil, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision said. JBS and banks are wary that market volatility stemming […]



U.S. livestock: CME live cattle futures end mixed before USDA report — September 19, 2014

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled mixed on Friday on positioning before the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle-On-Feed report. Analysts expect the data at 2 p.m. CT to show fewer cattle were placed in feedyards last month due to sufficient pastures that allowed ranchers to fatten livestock longer outside […]


Piles of dead bees were reportedly two inches thick in front of the affected hives, with others spread over the whole bee yard.

RCMP investigating after bees poisoned

A Manitoba beekeeper is out thousands of dollars after his bees were the target of truly poisonous wrath

It’s a sting being felt by beekeepers across province. And now the deliberate poisoning of hundreds of thousands of bees at multiple locations in the Rural Municipality of Elton has left apiarists and the RCMP looking for answers. “We came to the first yard and there were just piles of dead bees all over on […]


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Moving equipment is a high-risk operation

There are many pitfalls that increase the chances of being in a serious accident

According to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) program, 13 per cent of farm-related fatalities across Canada are traffic related, and most involved tractors. During the busy fall harvest season, farmers often travel long distances between fields, and this requires transporting equipment on public roads throughout rural Alberta. Farm equipment is oversized and slow compared […]


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Farmers of North America has a plan for a farmer-owned CWB

What isn’t clear is if CWB supports the idea or if the organizations have even discussed it

Farmers of North America (FNA) wants to help farmers get majority ownership of CWB, but neither organization is saying whether they’ve discussed the plan or if CWB supports it. Saskatoon-headquartered FNA, which describes itself as “a business alliance of farmers dedicated to maximizing farm profitability,” outlines on its website a plan to create a farmer-owned […]


U.S. launches task force to tackle antibiotic-resistant bugs — September 18, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance to national security, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for the outlining of specific steps to be taken, White House advisers said at a press conference Thursday. The White House announced […]


U.S. livestock: Weak cash price outlook drops CME live cattle — September 18, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle settled lower on Thursday in anticipation of packers spending less for market-ready, or cash, cattle this week, traders said. October live cattle futures finished 1.425 cents per pound lower at 155.6 cents, and December at 158.925 cents down 1.075 cents (all figures US$). Processors may cut […]


U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat fall to lowest since 2010 — September 18, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell 1.1 per cent to their lowest in more than four years on Thursday as farmers resumed harvesting in parts of the U.S. Midwest as fields began to dry out, traders said. Wheat and corn futures fell too, with wheat also hitting its lowest since July 2010, due […]