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Sustainable beef pilot passes first-quarter mark

The packer behind the pilot of a Canadian value chain for certified sustainable beef says its first three months are proof the model is scalable as well as functional. The pilot’s first quarter “proved that a significant volume of beef can be successfully traced through a certified supply chain for the participating customers,” Gurneesh Bhandal, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat drops on forecast for rains

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures dropped to a 2-1/2-week low on Friday on outlooks for rains by this weekend that should alleviate stress on some crops in the parched U.S. Plains growing region, traders said. CBOT May contract wheat settled down 11 cents at $4.67-3/4 per bushel, bringing the losses for the week […] Read more

Injured on the farm? Farm Safety Program wants to know

Manitoba Farm Safety Program wants to hear about incidents so it can post preventive bulletins

The Manitoba Farm Safety Program (FSP) wants farmers to tell it about the injury-causing incidents and near misses that occur on their farms. That information could help others avoid the same mishaps by helping its program do more preventive programming, said FSP program director Keith Castonguay. The FSP launched in 2017 through Keystone Agricultural Producers […] Read more

Canada faces an uphill challenge in NAFTA talks

Rona Ambrose says under every scenario the U.S. wins and Canada faces economic uncertainty

Canada and the United States are already in a trade war. Whether NAFTA is ripped up, renegotiated, or remains in limbo, the U.S. wins economically and President Donald Trump, wins politically, while Canada faces economic uncertainty. That’s the grim but candid message former interim Conservative Party of Canada and opposition leader Rona Ambrose delivered to […] Read more

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Brazilian grain growers explore increased use of Panama Canal

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazilian farmers in top soy state Mato Grosso signed a memorandum of understanding with the Panama Canal Authority to evaluate ways to cut transportation costs and boost Brazilian grain volumes using the waterway, the authority’s chief administrator said. The canal’s administration is looking to increase its participation in rising Brazilian […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Supply buildup fears undercut CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle on Thursday reversed Wednesday’s gains, weakened by fund liquidation and concerns about rising supplies, said traders. More cattle tend to come to market as warmer spring temperatures allow livestock to gain weight faster. And, the most recent U.S. government monthly cattle report implies increased cattle numbers […] Read more

Perhaps more could’ve been done to address Richardson’s concerns

In hindsight rising council membership fees and declining commodity prices probably contributed 
to the grain company’s decision to leave, says canola council chair

In hindsight the Canola Council of Canada might have been able to do more to address Richardson International’s concerns with the rising cost of council membership, council chair David Dzisiak told reporters March 8. Dzisiak told reporters following the council’s annual general meeting that an agriculture sector downturn has everyone looking harder at the bottom […] Read more