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Top U.S. chicken-producing state sees first case of bird flu

Chicago | Reuters — Georgia has confirmed its first-ever case of bird flu in commercial poultry, its agriculture department said on Monday, widening an outbreak of the disease into the United States’ biggest chicken meat-producing state. A flock of 18,000 chickens used for breeding was culled after testing positive for H7 bird flu, according to […] Read more

The other ag college: ACC’s growing agribusiness program

ACC’s agribusiness program is so successful that 26 years later there’s a waiting list to get in

Amanda Boland’s parents don’t farm, but that didn’t stop agriculture from being a part of her childhood. The daughter of two ag retailers in Melfort, Sask., Boland was exposed early to the industry, eventually joining the workforce at Paragon Ag Services, the same company that employs her parents. She loaded and unloaded fertilizer trucks and […] Read more

EU nations vote against GM crops, but not enough to block them

Brussels | Reuters — A majority of EU countries voted on Monday against allowing two new genetically modified crops to be grown in Europe, batting the contentious decision on GM cultivation in Europe back to the EU executive. EU governments were asked to vote on the future of two grades of GM maize, Pioneer’s 1507 […] Read more

Food prices are… falling?

I stopped in my tracks recently when I heard food prices actually dropped last year. It was nonsensical… how could an essential such as food be going down in price, with the cost of living marching forward? “It’s true,” says Mike Von Massow, a University of Guelph agriculture and food economics researcher. “The price of […] Read more

Frozen soils might be major emitter

A University of Manitoba study has discovered 
the previously overlooked emissions

A new study suggests global greenhouse emission calculations have overlooked an important aspect of the agricultural sector. Emissions, especially of the key gas nitrous oxide, may in fact be about 17 to 28 per cent greater for cultivated soils frozen in winter than currently thought. Mario Tenuta, professor in applied soil ecology at the University […] Read more

JBS weighs suspending U.S. IPO

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s biggest meatpacking company, will decide in coming days whether to suspend listing its overseas operations after a corruption scandal, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo said Monday. A person involved in the deal told Reuters last week JBS had no intention of delaying the US$1 billion […] Read more


Asset sale plan secures EU backing for Dow, DuPont merger

Reuters — Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their US$130 billion merger on Monday by agreeing to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities. The European Commission had been concerned that the merger of two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers would leave few incentives […] Read more


‘Operation Weak Flesh’ takes bite out of Brazil’s meat exports

Sao Paulo | Reuters –– Brazil’s meat exports have fallen sharply since a police investigation into alleged bribery of food-sanitation inspectors in the world’s top beef and poultry exporter sparked a wave of trade bans, an industry group said on Friday. Import restrictions by several key importers of Brazilian meat, ranging from China to Europe, […] Read more