GFM Network News


Celebrating Canada’s colours

Canadians are proud of their country and its gorgeous landscape. From east to west, each province has its own unique terrain and natural colours and each season brings a new look and feel to our personal outdoor experience. Fashion designer Simon Chang, who has a background in photography and graphic design, has paid tribute to

National biosecurity standard for cattle completed

Biosecurity plans started in Canada as the result of avian influenza, but have now spread to all sectors

Just in time for Christmas, the Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard is complete and available online for that hard-to-please bovine on your gift list. And if all goes to plan, an owner’s version should by ready by then, too. “The standard has been published. We’re still working on a producer’s manual that will be an



Nitrogen plants popping up like mushrooms

Lured by the promise of cheap and plentiful natural gas, more hopefuls are jumping into the nitrogen fertilizer production. Earlier this spring, Northern Plains Nitrogen (NPN) launched plans for building a $1.5 billion North Dakota project, and in mid-September, CHS Inc., the largest farmer co-op in the United States, unveiled its plan to open a

End of CWB monopoly lures largest U.S. farm co-op north

Reuters / CHS Inc., the largest U.S. farm co-operative, plans to acquire farm retail supplier DynAgra Corp., continuing its steady move into the newly opened Western Canada grain market. Minnesota-based CHS says it will operate its new division under the name CHS DynAgra. DynAgra has four Alberta sales offices, and sells fertilizer, chemicals and seed.


Cargill adds another beef-processing plant

U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. said July 12 it bought a former AFA Foods Inc. ground beef-processing plant in Fort Worth, Texas, for $14.1 million, in a move that will add to its already strong position in the U.S. and Canadian consumer market. Based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, AFA filed for Chapter 11 protection in

New player in deregulated market

A Southeast Asian agri-food processor and a U.S. commodity trading firm are pairing up to enter the deregulated Prairie grain and oilseed supply chain. Singapore-based Olam International and Kansas City’s Lansing Trade Group have announced a new 50-50 joint venture, Lansing Olam Canada, to “originate and merchandise Canadian grains and oilseeds.” The two companies said



Pasta plant on hold

AGT says it’s a maybe for 2013 Alliance Grain Traders Inc. has put its plan to build a $50-million pasta-processing plant in Regina on hold, citing uncertainty in the North American market and the need to focus on working capital. “Pending developments, such as the de-monopolization of the Canadian Wheat Board and the proposed sale

CGC guarantees Canadian grain quality worldwide

The baker is already planning his production and quality-control program for months ahead, based on grain from halfway around the world he has never laid eyes on, much less inspected. But he isn’t worried. He knows he will almost certainly get exactly the right kind of wheat with the precise specifications he requested. He also