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U.S. processor to rebuild flax plant

A U.S. grain-processing firm plans to set itself up in the Prairie flax ingredients business over the wreck of a previous player’s Manitoba plant, and will bring back the plant’s founding family to help run it. Minnesota-based Grain Millers, Inc. on Thursday announced the launch of SafeFlax, a new line of flaxseed products, to be

High-octane cheese fire closes Norway tunnel

Reuters / A truckload of burning cheese closed a road tunnel in Arctic Norway for several days after an accident Jan. 17. Some 27 tonnes of flaming brown cheese (brunost), a Norwegian delicacy, blocked off a three-km tunnel near the northern coastal town of Narvik when it caught fire. The fire was finally put out

Monster storm Sandy spares U.S. livestock sector serious damage

Reuters / The monster storm that pummelled the eastern U.S. appears to have largely spared American livestock operations. Poultry producer Perdue Farms temporarily shut down four of its processing plants in the northeast and a distribution centre. The company said two of the large producers had extensive flooding while others were relying on generators to

Nigeria president says floods won’t cause hunger

Reuters / Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sought to allay fears Oct. 26 that the nation’s worst floods in at least five decades would trigger a food crisis because of damage to crops. Jonathan, who this month toured some parts of Africa’s most populous nation that have been submerged by floods he has described as a

Flooding delays Argentine soy planting

Reuters / Floods have severely delayed Argentine soy planting at a time when consumer nations are counting on the country to help control soaring grains prices by replenishing supplies. “Soy planting has begun, although with severe and continuous interruptions,” the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said in its weekly crop report. Only two per cent of

Farm Credit offers flexibility to struggling hog farmers

Farm Credit offers flexibility to struggling hog farmers winnipeg / reuters / Farm Credit Canada, the country’s largest farm lender, says it is willing to adjust or defer loan payments for struggling hog farmers. The lender said it will contact all of its hog-farming clients and help them find ways to deal with a “short-term

Dairy and poultry farmers slam critical report by prominent Liberal

But Liberal leadership prospect Martha Hall Findlay says poultry and 
dairy farmers have limited political clout and can safely be ignored

As soon as the announcement appeared that former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay would release a report critical of supply management, well-worn wheels were set in motion. The marketing boards prepared their defences while newspaper columnists and open-market supporters readied their supportive arguments. The news conference in the Chateau Laurier, a floor up from where

Lake Manitoba Residents Forced To Flee Flooding

Tom Teichroeb was busy last week moving the last few cattle off his flooded farm near the shores of Lake Manitoba. When he’s done, he’ll move his family out, too. Teichroeb, his wife and two young daughters had rented a house in town and were moving in furniture when shifting flood waters would let them.

Sweeping Flood Aid Announced For Livestock Producers

Although the details are still being worked out, the Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is welcoming the compensation the province is offering livestock producers affected by flooding and blizzards this spring as a “meaningful recovery package.” “MBP commends the province for the leadership it is providing at the provincial level with the announcement of special aid