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Monsanto, DuPont settle lawsuits, set new $1.75-billion deal

The companies have dropped their lawsuits against each other and agreed 
to work together delivering new technology to farmers

Reuters / Monsanto Co. and DuPont have settled a bitter legal battle over rights to technology for genetically modified seeds and will drop antitrust and patent claims against each other while forging a new collaboration, the companies said March 26. The deal tosses out a $1-billion jury verdict DuPont was ordered to pay Monsanto last August. Instead,

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

Now anyone can be a weather forecaster

The Weather Underground Internet site gives amateurs the tools they need to create their own localized forecasts

It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed weather-related websites, and I figured it was about time to share one of my favourites — The Weather Underground ( The Weather Underground is literally the first-ever Internet weather website, and I think it is the best weather website out there. I figured the best way to introduce you

Decadent ice cream saves the day for General Mills

chicago/reuters / General Mills Inc.’s mix of foods and its limited exposure to Italy and Greece have insulated it a bit from Europe’s economic crisis, one of the company’s top executives said March 14. The maker of Cheerios and other cereals has seen some European shoppers buy more items when they are discounted, or trade

Dow Introduces Triple-Resistant Soybean

Dow AgroSciences is launching a genetically altered soybean seed aimed as a direct assault on the dominance of global seed leader Monsanto. Dow submitted a regulatory package on Aug. 19 seeking government approval for a glyphosate-tolerant soybean that the company says would be the “first-ever, three-gene,” herbicide-tolerant soybean. The new soybean will be tolerant of

Meal In A Can Contains Hulless Oats

Campbell’s Canada’s launch of a new canned meal product containing naked oats is pure vindication for the Interlake farmer who has invested years in promoting the variety as an important new crop. The Canadian food product company recently announced the launch of Nourish, a 425-g completely meal-in-a-can product which, in addition to two servings of

Canadian Pulse Processor Scoops International Business Award

Best Cooking Pulses, Inc., a Canadian-owned pulse-processing firm, has picked up an international award recognizing excellence among women-owned businesses. The award was presented by WEConnect Canada at the 2nd Annual WEConnect Canada national conference in Toronto from November 8 to 10, 2010. The company won the “Done Deal” award in the International category. WEConnect Canada

More Loan Deadlines Loom For Hog Producers

As Manitoba hog farmers struggle to repay their federal advance payment loans, another loan repayment deadline is looming. Over 130 provincial loans worth more than $40 million will start coming due for hog producers next April. Many producers are having trouble with their long-postponed advance payments and may find it even harder to repay loans

BASF Plans Full-Scale Release Of Clearfield Lentils

The Prairies’ lentil growers will get “full access” to all six varieties of Clearfield lentils from BASF Canada for the 2010 growing season. The chemical firm announced Dec. 10 it plans to have full availability for Clearfield lentil varieties in 2010 across every market class, including extra small red varieties CDC Imperial CL and CDC

Monsanto Sees Accelerated Launch Of New Corn, Soy

Monsanto Co. said Nov. 10 that it expected accelerated launches of its new corn and soybean products and reaffirmed its outlook for 2010, sending its share up more than five per cent. Monsanto said it now expects its new Genuity SmartStax corn seed to launch on more than four million acres in 2010, up from