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New Dreyfus CEO leaves Agrium board

Mayo Schmidt, the former Viterra chief executive named last month to become CEO of Louis Dreyfus’ global commodities business, has stepped away from the board table at ag input firm Agrium. Calgary-based Agrium, which includes wholesale fertilizer and retail seed, fertilizer and crop protection businesses, announced last Monday (Dec. 22) that Schmidt would resign from

Mayo Schmidt, shown here in Winnipeg in 2007, led Viterra until 2012. (Dave Bedard photo)

Ex-Viterra CEO to lead Dreyfus’ commodities business

The CEO who stitched Viterra together from Canada’s Prairie pools has been named to lead Louis Dreyfus’ global commodities business. Mayo Schmidt was announced Friday as the new CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities (LDC), the “D” of the four “ABCD” companies dominating the global grain business. Schmidt takes the reins at Rotterdam-based Dreyfus effective Jan.


Dreyfus’ Sask. canola plant offline indefinitely

Reuters — A canola-crushing plant owned by the Canadian unit of global grain trader Louis Dreyfus will be offline indefinitely after an explosion and fire on Friday, the company said. Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blast at the Yorkton, Sask. plant, and an assessment of the structural condition of a canola meal storage


Blast, fire hit Dreyfus’ Sask. canola plant

Reuters — An explosion and fire on Friday morning rocked Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ canola-crushing plant at Yorkton, Sask., but the fire was later extinguished, a city official said. The explosion occurred around 9:30 a.m. CT and firefighters put it out later in the morning, City of Yorkton spokesman Roy Lanaway said. Brant Randles, president of