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New technology allows more sustainable aquaculture

Alternative protein sources such as insect meal could replace fish meal fed to fish

Many are familiar with farmed salmon, catfish or tilapia. But there are many more potential species, says a research scientist at an aquaculture facility here. “When you compare fish farming to terrestrial farming we have thousands of different fish species that we could potentially farm… and when you compare that to terrestrial farming we have […] Read more


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Prairie wheat bids march higher

As weather concerns continue to mount, prices head upwards

Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada continued their climb upwards for the week ended Aug. 2. Heat and dryness concerns throughout Europe, the Black Sea region, and Australia continued to drive the United States futures markets higher during the week. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent CWRS) wheat prices were up […] Read more



‘Care farm’ model allows Dutch dairy farm to expand

Couple combines their professions to create a farm that provides care for those with intellectual challenges

It was long lonely days for Bas Hofman. He would milk his 70 cows every morning and night, while his wife, Greet Cazemier, worked as a psychiatric nurse at a large care institution. Hofman knew if he wanted to continue as a farmer he would have to expand his farm. Cazemier, on the other hand, […] Read more


Losing one quota means gaining another

Dutch dairy farmers are now free to produce all the milk they want — if they buy quota to produce more phosphate

CNS Canada/Dongen and Oirschot, Netherlands – Dutch dairy farmers were excited when the European Union removed milk quotas in 2015. For years the Netherlands had been hitting its quota, so dairy farms could finally grow. But when that growth happened too fast, there were new problems. Dutch dairy farmer Cees Beekmans says government officials claimed […] Read more



Prairie wheat bids down with U.S. futures

MGEX September wheat futures dropped by more than four per cent on the week

Wheat bids in Western Can­ada were down for another week, as trade tensions continued to weigh on U.S. futures markets. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down by $6 to $13 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a cross-section […] Read more


Prairie wheat bids down as trade tensions weigh

Wheat bids in Western Canada continued their downward spiral for the week ended June 22, as ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China weighed on U.S. futures. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $8-$11 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to […] Read more



Prairie wheat bids down as crop conditions improve

MGEX, CBOT and K.C. September wheat futures slipped by 3.5-4.5 per cent on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were down with U.S. futures for the week ended June 15. Improving crop conditions across Canada and the U.S. weighed on markets. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent) wheat prices were down $3-$6 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes […] Read more


Cattle market keeps holding steady as summer draws near

Recent rains haven’t relieved producers’ drought anxiety

Although traffic is starting to slow down at Manitoba’s auction marts for the summer, business held steady for the week ended June 8. “The market numbers this week, for those markets that had sales, deliveries were actually higher than anticipated,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. About 1,913 head were run through the […] Read more



Prairie wheat bids down with U.S. futures

MGEX, CBOT and K.C. wheat futures declined between three and six per cent on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada fell for the week ended June 1, following the lead of U.S. futures. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $12-$16 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by […] Read more


Wheat and US dollars

Prairie wheat bids follow U.S. futures upward

MGEX, CBOT and K.C. July wheat rose by between two and five per cent on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada rose for the week ended May 25, taking support from rising U.S. futures and a weaker Canadian dollar. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up $7-$17 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a cross-section […] Read more