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A photo taken Dec. 4 illustrates drought-affected crops in the Argentine province of Corrientes. The region is in the grip of the most intense drought in nearly 20 years.

Dry weather hits Argentine crops, soy markets in rationing mode

Weather woes and accelerating purchases by big buyers like China are boosting the market

Grains powerhouse Argentina is suffering a rainfall deficit of 150 to 300 millimetres with forecasts promising less moisture than necessary to fully refresh parched soy and cornfields, weather experts said recently as worry persisted about yield losses. Months of hot, dry weather have put the country’s two main cash crops at risk. Argentina is the

Canada Summer Jobs Program open to farmers

Some changes made in response to COVID job losses kept from last year

Farmers and agricultural businesses can apply for wage subsidies through the Canada Summer Jobs Program until January 29. The program will pay qualifying businesses up to 75 per cent of the provincial minimum hourly wage to provide summer jobs for people between age 15 and 30. Last year public health order closed businesses and put

Seymour named watersheds builder

Annual award from Manitoba Association of Watersheds recognizes outstanding contributions

Murray Seymour has been awarded the 2020 Watershed District Builder Award. The annual award “… recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals directly associated with the growth and success of watershed districts in Manitoba.” Seymour was named this year’s recipient during the Manitoba Association of Watershed Districts virtual conference, held Dec. 8. “My greatest reward was being chair of

A road sign directs traffic to Smithfield Foods’ pork-processing facilities in Smithfield, Virginia.

Smithfield Foods plots new course

New CEO has shaken up management team of world’s largest pork processor amid COVID challenges

Smithfield Foods has unveiled a management shakeup as the world’s largest pork processor and its new chief executive deal with the ripple effects of a pandemic-led drop in restaurant meat consumption and coronavirus infections among workers. The pandemic has reduced demand for meat at restaurants, cafeterias and other food-service outlets, delivering an economic shock to

Bison Transport has operated out of Winnipeg since 1969.

Richardson buys major Winnipeg trucking firm

Bison’s divisions include refrigerated hauling and intermodal trucking

The owner of Canada’s biggest agri-food company has bought full control of one of Canada’s biggest trucking companies. James Richardson and Sons Ltd., the parent firm of agribusiness Richardson International, announced Jan. 5 it has bought 100 per cent of the shares of Winnipeg-based Bison Transport for an undisclosed sum. Bison employs about 3,700 staff


KAP hires new communications, government relations co-ordinator

Graham Schellenberg previously worked as a provincial policy analyst, communicator

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) has welcomed Graham Schellenberg as its new communications and government relations co-ordinator. “To continue to learn about (agriculture) and to be involved in such great work is something I’m really excited about,” Schellenberg told the Co-operator. Schellenberg began his job with Keystone Agricultural Producers at the beginning of the month. Prior to joining KAP, Schellenberg worked for the

Cattle producers finally get a little help from Mother Nature, in the form of a mild winter.

Livestock sector benefiting from mild winter weather

Producers entered the fall worrying about feed supplies, that are now stretching further

As Manitoba basks in a startlingly mild winter, the province’s graziers are catching a long-overdue break. After successive years of poor pasture, extended feeding seasons and disappointing hay harvests, the mild weather has put a cap on their herds’ feed needs. That’s helping them make the most of what they have, producers and industry watchers

Germany finds more African swine fever in wild boar, cases reach 480

The number of African swine fever (ASF) cases found in wild boar in Germany has now reached 480, Germany’s Agriculture Ministry said on January 8, continuing an outbreak of the disease among wild animals which halted German pork exports to Asia. The cases have occurred since the first outbreak in September 2020 and were in


The familiar crowds of Ag Days are on hold this winter.

Innovations Showcase heads up reined-in Ag Days

The ag sector will have to make do with a few online efforts and a special publication this year

It’s going to be yet another quiet week at Brandon’s Keystone Centre, when normally there would be tens of thousands of visitors. On Aug. 18, Manitoba Ag Days announced that it would be cancelling its in-person show for 2021, due to COVID-19. Despite speculation on how some form of the show might go ahead online,

Responses to the announcement of office closures ranged from some thinking the changes were long overdue, while others worried about job cuts and a decline in services.

Swath of MARD, MASC offices slated for closure

Any cost savings will be eclipsed by investments in new technology, says Pedersen

Reactions were mixed as Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development announced it would close 21 of its community offices in the name of modernization. On Twitter, a farmer called it “10 years overdue” while others pointed to a decline in services the offices provided. Others worried that staff would lose their jobs and that services would

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