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CN celebrates independence anniversary

Last month marked 25 years since the company was privatized in what was then the largest initial public offering in Canadian history

CN is celebrating a quarter-century of privatization. The company, which was at the time Canada’s largest and oldest Crown corporation, was the largest IPO in Canadian history. On Nov. 17, 1995, investors spent C$2.25 billion snapping up shares. The company is using the celebration to tout its transformation into “… a world-class transportation leader and

Andy Harrington is the new executive director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. He comes to the position with decades of international development experience.

New Foodgrains Bank head commits to standing with marginalized

World hunger on the rise after many years of decline, organization says

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank will continue to feed the hungry and work to change the systems causing poverty but it will be hard, said new executive director Andy Harrington and outgoing executive director Jim Cornelius on a webinar with supporters on November 10. Global hunger is on the rise after many years of decline, Harrington


Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre issues 2021-22 recommended malting barley varieties list

Annual list highlights varieties with greatest potential for going malting

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has issued its list of recommended malting barley varieties for the 2021-22 marketing year. The list identifies varieties that hold the most promise for producers in terms of selection and marketability based on current acceptance in the marketplace. All of the varieties have been pilot tested at the CMBTC and



Ukraine 2020 sunflower harvest near end, seen falling

Ukraine’s 2020 sunflower seed harvest is seen falling sharply as farmers threshing 12.9 million tonnes of the commodity from 99 per cent area compared with 15.3 million tonnes harvested in 2019, the Economy Ministry’s data showed on Nov. 17. Ukraine is the world’s largest sunflower oil exporter. Analysts APK-Inform earlier on Tuesday said the 2020-21

FCC identifies export, market diversification opportunities for Canadian food

The ag lender’s latest report highlights canola oil, pork, potato products, crab meat

Canada is already a major exporter of agricultural goods, food and beverages — but increasing food and beverage exports is still one of Canada’s biggest trade opportunities, says Farm Credit Canada (FCC). And by diversifying exports farmers will become less dependent on current major markets reducing their financial risk. “When borders close for any number of reasons due to trade tensions or shock caused by disease

Regenerative ag takes off online

The MFGA says it has been happy with numbers after the pandemic forced its normal November conference online

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) says it has gained traction after taking its November regenerative agriculture conference online. Earlier this year, the MFGA announced it would shift its multi-day conference in Brandon to four weekly online sessions in November. Duncan Morrison, MFGA executive director, says over 700 participants have registered. “I think we got different people registering


An upcoming survey is going to define the predation problem and look at potential solutions.

Producers asked to share information on predation

Producers can expect to see a survey in early December as part of the Livestock Predation Prevention Project

Sheep and cattle producers are being called to share their experiences with predation. The Livestock Predation Prevention Project, launched earlier this year, will be releasing a producer survey in the hopes of gathering producer data on predation. Why it matters: Producers are being asked to give their insights on predation as the Livestock Predation Prevention

Some seed sector officials have said companies won’t cancel a registration so long as there’s commercial demand for it, but doubts remain.

CFIA wants farmer feedback on cancelling variety registrations

It’s part of the upcoming modernization of the Seeds Act

The process for cancelling crop variety registrations will be part of the upcoming ‘modernization’ of Canada’s Seeds Act — a move welcomed by some farm groups that want continued access to farm-saved seed without an additional royalty attached. “We want to hear from everyone involved with seeds, everyone who has a stake in the regulations, whether or not it is