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Deere’s U.S. workers on strike after rejecting deal

Reuters — Thousands of Deere and Co. workers began a strike on Thursday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) said, days after overwhelmingly rejecting a six-year labour contract that was agreed on with the tractor maker. Earlier this month, the world’s largest farm equipment maker and the UAW union reached an agreement after weeks of negotiation

File photo from CNH-owned FPT Industrial’s Bourbon-Lancy engine manufacturing plant in eastern France. (Photo courtesy CNH Industrial)

CNH to temporarily shut several plants in Europe

Eight-day shutdown due to supply disruptions

Reuters — Italian-American vehicle maker CNH Industrial said Wednesday it will temporarily shut several of its European agricultural, commercial vehicle and powertrain manufacturing facilities due to the disruptions of procurement of components, including semiconductors. The maker of farm machinery, Iveco commercial vehicles, construction equipment and powertrains plans to shut the concerned plants for eight working



Harvest underway on the first of the Landmark growing project’s two wheat fields on August 17.

‘Bringing in the sheaves’ a community effort

For the Foodgrains Bank growing project in Landmark, harvest means gathering together

It’s a hot, humid morning on a gravel road just outside Landmark. A gaggle of 30 or 40 dads, moms, young kids, teens and seniors clump together with lawn chairs and water bottles as eight combines whir to life. “Makes short work when you’ve got this many,” says Matt Plett, a committee member for the



In recent weeks the Oakland-Wawanesa Fire Department has been called to two fires started by haying equipment.

Extreme caution urged while haying, harvesting tinder-dry fields

The RM of Oakland-Wawanesa reported two fires caused by farm equipment in two days

A rural fire department is urging farmers to be extra cautious this year after haying equipment caused two fires in its area. “We encourage farmers to carry either a jug of water or an extinguisher with them so at least they can slow it down until we get there,” said Dennis Gullet, fire chief in

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New B.C. youth work rules: Heavy lifting, ag chem handling out

New standards also lift province's 'general working age' to 16

“Light farm and yard work” are deemed appropriate for workers at ages 14 and 15 under new employment standards taking effect in British Columbia this fall. The province on Wednesday announced changes to its Employment Standards Act, which have been through the development and consultation stages since 2019, have now been finalized and will take

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U.S. FTC votes to make ‘right to repair’ a priority

Commission also drops 1995 merger policy

Washington | Reuters — The U.S Federal Trade Commission voted Wednesday to make it a priority to address the issue of manufacturers pushing consumers to use licensed dealers to repair items ranging from smartphones to farm equipment, a practice that critics call anti-competitive. The five commissioners, three Democrats and two Republicans, voted unanimously to approve


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Telus, Rabobank ag arms buy into farm data aggregator

Companies join in on deal for Minneapolis-based Conservis

The agriculture arms of one of Canada’s major telecoms providers and a major Dutch bank and financial services firm are taking a stake in a tech firm in the business of gathering on-farm data into a single window. Telus Agriculture and Rabo AgriFinance, which is headquartered in St. Louis and serves U.S. farm customers, announced

U.S. President Joe Biden tours a manufacturing lab at McHenry County College during a visit to northwest Chicago suburb Crystal Lake on July 7, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein)

Biden seeks to lift limits on U.S. farmer dealings with tractor makers, packers

Executive order to address corporate 'abuses of power'

Washington | Reuters — U.S. President Joe Biden wants to give that country’s farmers more power in negotiating the sale of livestock to big processors and in deciding who repairs their tractors, the White House said on Tuesday. The executive order, expected within days, will also address such competitive issues as delayed airline baggage, cellphone