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Four-way Seeds Canada merger approved

Four organizations to amalgamate in February without CSGA on board

A merger of four Canadian seed industry organizations has been cleared to proceed without its fifth partner. Members of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA), Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC), Canadian Seed Institute (CSI) and Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) have voted in favour of amalgamation, the groups announced Wednesday. An inaugural board

A worker inspects soybeans during the soy harvest near the town of Campos Lindos, Brazil February 18, 2018.

U.S. farmers celebrate soy price surge as Brazil misses out

The Latin America powerhouse missed the upward surge by selling earlier to lock in prices

U.S. farmers sold freshly harvested soybeans directly off their combines for a profit as prices rose to a four-year high this autumn, a welcome change from the losses suffered during the U.S.-China trade war. Strong exports to China as the world’s top soybean importer emerged from lockdown helped push the most active soybean futures contract at the Chicago Board of


Suspended pulse crop handlers partly reinstated

Companies can't buy or receive more grain from growers

Three suspended pulse and special crop handling and processing companies are again licensed to move Canadian grain — but not to buy any. The Canadian Grain Commission announced Monday it has reinstated the licences for Globeways Canada Inc. and its subsidiaries: Canpulse Foods Ltd., a pulse and canary seed processor at Kindersley, Sask., and Global

A Chinese ship is loaded with soybeans at Port of Santos May 19, 2015.

Domestic and export demand support canola

Guided by bullish chart signals, speculators are adding to their long positions

ICE canola futures kept climbing during the week ended Nov. 20, hitting multi-year highs and showing no signs of slowing the uptrend. Aside from a brief blip on the charts in 2017, when the July contract was expiring, the nearby canola market has not traded above $550 per tonne for any extended period of time since 2013. January canola first settled

Farmers retrieve beans from Global Grain

That will cut the amount of security money needed to cover what farmers are owed

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is still tallying how much farmers are owed by Global Grain Canada Ltd. at Plum Coulee, Man. for dry beans they delivered to the firm but weren’t paid for. However, the potential for farmers not getting what they are owed has been reduced, CGC spokesman Remi Gosselin said in an


Canadian Grain Commission 2020 crop quality info

Besides a good-quality crop of Canada Western Red Spring wheat in 2020, the quality of other western Canadian crops harvested in 2020 is good too, says Daryl Beswitherick, the Canadian Grain Commission’s program manager for national inspection standards. Canola “Grade-wise it was fantastic,” Beswitherick said in an interview Nov. 9. This year 92.5 per cent

Agricultural commodities and agri-foods account for one-third of Canada’s total exports to China.


Why the Chinese market is so critical to Canadian farmers

Trading with China is important for Canada, but especially for its farmers. China is Canada’s second-biggest export market for agricultural goods behind the United States, says a recent report from the Canada West Foundation. “The significance of this growing trade with China is of particular concern for Western Canada which ships close to two-thirds of

CFIA to consult on new near-meat, non-meat guidelines

Clarity for labels, promotion, composition to be considered

“Greater clarity” in federal guidelines for the makeup and labels of “simulated” meat and poultry products is the end zone for a new round of consultations underway for the next month. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Tuesday announced the launch for the public consultation, which includes an online survey and runs until Dec. 3.


Three pulse and special crop buyers’ CGC licenses suspended

If you're owed money for grain delivered to Globeways Canada, Global Grain Canada or Canpulse Foods contact the CGC right away

Farmers who haven’t been paid for grain delivered to Globeways Canada, Global Grain Canada or Canpulse Foods should contact the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) as soon as possible. The CGC suspended the licenses of all three for 30 days effective Saturday after it was notified the firms no longer had security to cover money owed

Every year farmers vote on varieties while sowing their crops, and MASC has just released the latest data.

Manitoba’s top crops in 2020

MASC’s annual 2020 market share report reveals most popular crops and varieties

[UPDATE: Oct. 30, 2020] Manitoba’s top four insured crops in 2020 are unchanged from 2019, the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) 2020 variety market share report shows. Canola leads the way followed by red spring wheat (varieties in the Canada Western Red Spring class), soybeans and oats. Why it matters: Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s annual