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Kelly Dobson (right) speaks to the virtual Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference on November 24, joined by friend Brent Van Koughnet.

Leadership effectiveness critical to farm success

Poor leadership prevents critical decisions, conversations from being confronted head on, says leadership coach Kelly Dobson

Technical competency and a good work ethic are no longer enough to be a successful farmer. Farmers need to develop personal and leadership capacity, Kelly Dobson told the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference. Hard work and skill are “actually the minimum standard,” said Dobson, a certified executive coach with Leadershift, and a farmer from Fairfax, Manitoba. “Who

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


The enormous Roquette pea-processing plant at Portage la Prairie is due to open at the end of the year.

Roquette puts out call for organic peas

The Portage la Prairie processor ‘very confident’ growers can supply enough organic peas

Manitoba organic producers will be able to sell peas to processing giant Roquette in the 2021 season, the company announced on Oct. 28. Interest among growers has already been high, said Glen Last, grain buyer at Roquette during a call with media. “We’re very confident that the grower base is there,” he said. Roquette continues

Syngenta buys biologics group Valagro

Syngenta expects the market for biologicals to double by 2025

Syngenta, the Swiss agrichemicals giant owned by ChemChina, has acquired Italian biologicals group Valagro, a company with US$175 million in 2019 sales that uses natural solutions to fight pests and diseases and to improve crops. Syngenta said in a statement Oct. 6 the acquisition positioned its crop protection business as a key player in the

Navigating through the COVID-19 black swan

Average and below-average business managers are the most at risk during the pandemic

Black swan” is a metaphor to describe an unpredictable, widespread but exceptionally rare event that takes everyone by surprise. It’s a term often used in agriculture to describe unique events like the dust bowl of the 1930s when drought ravaged the agricultural industry in North America. Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as one of


CNH Industrial guides for revenue fall up to 20 per cent

Milan | Reuters – Vehicle and equipment maker CNH Industrial posted a narrower-than-expected second quarter loss on Thursday and forecast net sales from industrial activities would fall between 15-20 percent this year, as a consequence of the COIVD-19 epidemic. In March the group, which is controlled by Exor, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family,

JBS invests $19-million in safety measures amid COVID-19 pandemic

Sao Paulo | Reuters –Brazilian food processor JBS SA has invested more than 100 million reais ($19.3 million) in health, safety and contingency measures at all its Brazilian production units, according to a Wednesday company statement that comes as the novel coronavirus continues to ravage local meat plants. The company said the funds were invested



Bunge raises outlook as agribusiness profits beat Wall Street estimates

Reuters – Agricultural commodities trader Bunge Ltd on Wednesday raised its full-year outlook after its second-quarter profit handily beat Wall Street estimates, sending shares up more than 5 percent in premarket trading. Despite a worsening coronavirus pandemic that has rattled global markets, strong soy processing margins in South America, Europe and Asia and accelerated crop

Comment: The Empress, The Player, and the Annoyed

Grocery leaders were summoned to a parliamentary committee recently

Top Canadian grocers testified before a parliamentary standing committee recently, to explain why all COVID-19 incentive programs were cancelled within hours. Most grocery store and distribution center employees were paid extra at the beginning of the pandemic, only to see wages now go back to pre-COVID levels. CEOs who testified were Loblaws’ Sarah Davis, Empire