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Book chronicles the rise and fall of farmer-owned grain companies

Paul Earl concludes Agricore United didn’t have to be sacrificed on the altar of shareholder primacy

What began in 2004 as a history of United Grain Growers (UGG) founded in 1906, morphed into a chronicling of the birth and death of the West’s farmer-owned, co-operative grain companies and an investigation and challenging of the notion of shareholder primacy, which delivered the final blow to farmer dominance in the grain business and […] Read more

Beef producers not backing down on livestock transport regs

Beef producers have four months until new transport regulations come into force

Beef producers are still fighting transport regulations that they say will cut off trade of live cattle. Livestock transportation will look very different when new regulations come into effect next February. The livestock sector was given one year to comply with new humane transport regulations, published by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in February 2019. […] Read more

Stressful season nears completion

Talk about your stress and be proactive to get a better outcome

One of Gerry Friesen’s lowest moments came in 2005 when, after a serious accident put his brother in the hospital, the entire weight of the family hog operation fell on his shoulders. A neighbour dropped by one day and asked, in typical fashion, how he was doing. Usually Friesen would say he was just fine. […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: Hogs reach two-month low

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures fell to a two-month low on Thursday on large supplies and uncertainty over negotiations to boost trade with China, the world’s top pork consumer. Traders and meat producers are hoping for further U.S. pork sales to China, which is grappling with a fatal pig disease that has […] Read more

Juice producer Lassonde to buy Sun-Rype

Canada’s domestic fruit juice sector is poised for consolidation as Quebec’s Lassonde Industries mounts a friendly $80 million bid for Sun-Rype Products. Lassonde recently announced it has entered an agreement with subsidiaries of Sun-Rype’s owner, the Jim Pattison Group, to buy the Kelowna, B.C.-based fruit snack and juice maker and its two U.S. affiliates for […] Read more

Rural crime jump has beef producers calling for more police

Beef producers are calling for more police presence after a noted uptick in crime

Beef producers in south-central Manitoba want more police presence in response to rising rural crime. The issue spawned a resolution during the Baldur meeting of the Manitoba Beef Producers. Members at the regular district meeting Oct. 30 overwhelmingly supported a call for more police resources in rural areas. Why it matters: Residents from Somerset to […] Read more

Another year, another round of broken grain transport records

Western grain movement, export records set in 2018-19 crop year

The 2018-19 crop year, ended July 31, was record setting for Western Canada’s grain-handling and transportation system. While industry officials are pleased, they agree the system needs to move even more because farmers keep producing more. “At the rate we are going today… by the time we get to 2030 we’re going to be looking […] Read more

Manitoba Thunder Bay grain shipments set modern record

For the first time in 20 years, Manitoba shipped more grain through the Port of Thunder Bay than Saskatchewan. “Historically, Manitoba grain has accounted for about a third of the grain shipments through Thunder Bay,” Chris Heikkinen, the port’s communications and research co-ordinator, said in an email Nov. 5. “This has changed over the past […] Read more

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