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Checkoff system needs to be credible

It is laudable that the federal government has moved to set up an interim checkoff to support research, market development and technical assistance for the grain sector. The Western Grain Research Foundation (WGRF), the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) are major assets to the western grain industry

CP trains rolling again

reuters/staff / CP trains were rolling again after Canadian Senate passed back-to-work legislation May 31. “There will be a period to catch up on backlog and that is something we’ll be doing once we’re operating again. We’ll be doing that as quickly as possible,” CP spokesman Ed Greenberg said. The Teamsters Union launched its strike

Feds put CP back to work

The Canadian government will force striking workers at Canadian Pacific Railway back to work with fast-track legislation to end the strike, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said May 28. “We’re proposing legislation today to protect our recovering economy and resume rail services,” Raitt told the House of Commons a day after the latest round of talks

Farmers own CWB assets: KAP, WRAP, APAS

They’ve given up trying to save the wheat board’s single desk, but three leading farm leaders are still fighting to save the board’s assets, including the contingency fund, for farmers. “I certainly have marching orders from my membership that the assets of the wheat board belong to farmers,” said Doug Chorney, president of Keystone Agricultural

MacDon to manufacture windrowers for John Deere

Staff / Winnipeg-based machinery farm equipment maker MacDon Industries will be the manufacturer for several lines of self-propelled windrowers and mower conditioners to be sold worldwide under John Deere paint. U.S.-based ag and heavy equipment giant Deere and Co. announced a “strategic agreement” Jan. 27 with Winnipeg-based MacDon, allowing Deere to expand its hay and

Is History Repeating Itself?

The wheat board isn t even dead yet, but that didn t stop some Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) delegates meeting here last week from wanting to resurrect it. I ve got an idea here, Arborg farmer Kyle Foster said during a discussion about lopsided contracts favouring grain companies Oct. 27. Why don t we pool

Canada-Europe Trade Deal Raises Concerns

As legislation to end the Canadian Wheat Board s monopoly marches closer to reality, there is growing speculation that this country s supply management sector will be next on the free marketers hit list. It s in the government s and the WTO s (World Trade Organization) agenda, they want to ensure there is an

Hundreds Protest In South China Over Land Grab

Hundreds of villagers enraged over government land seizures staged a third day of protests in southern China Sept. 23, a day after ransacking government buildings and engaging in skirmishes with police that left at least 12 people injured. The fresh demonstrations, the latest display of public fury in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province, proceeded

Small Crop Offers Good Return

Last year was one of the toughest years farmers can remember, plagued with drowned-out seeding, weather-induced quality demotions, and sluggish rail service. But the prices for the 2010 crop made it worth the hassle. “At the end of the day we will see one of the highest overall returns in history, including the second-highest wheat

In Brief… – for May. 19, 2011

All wheels covered:CAA Manitoba members can now seek roadside assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week when their bike chain breaks or a tire tube pops. Bike Assist is a new benefit that allows CAA members to use any of their four annually allotted service calls to receive roadside assistance if their bike