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COVID-19 spurs new clash between Big Oil, Big Corn

Flagging consumption leads to pressures on U.S. fuels, biofuels

New York | Reuters — A fuel demand meltdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak in the United States has started up a new fight between the oil and agriculture industries over the nation’s biofuel policy, this time over whether the policy should be suspended or expanded as a result of the crisis. The issue once

A double rainbow over a Manitoba soybean field. (ImagineGolf/iStock/Getty Images)

U.S. grains: Soybeans firm on fund-driven buying

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures firmed modestly on Wednesday in largely technical trade along with fund-driven buying and strength in allied soymeal futures, analysts said. Corn futures declined and wheat fell on technical selling. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) November soybean futures settled up one cent at $8.85-3/4 per bushel but stayed below

The CFIA says the  proposed new program would adopt a risk-based approach by targeting horses when/if they commingle. 

Horse owners have mixed views on EIA policy

There are fears that tightened testing requirements for equine infectious anemia could be too expensive for smaller equine events

Horse owners are up in arms over proposed plans to tighten federal policy on equine infectious anemia (EIA). The incurable disease can cause anemia, anorexia, weakness and fever, among other symptoms and can be potentially deadly. The disease has been a recurring problem for equine owners in Western Canada, one that has been federally reportable

Horses at this year’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair had to prove valid vaccination for equine herpes and equine influenza.

Provincial Ex beefs up biosecurity

Brandon’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair joined the list of events requiring 
specific vaccinations in order for horses to compete this year

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is toughening up its biosecurity. The 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair was the first time the body required proof of vaccination for both equine herpes virus and equine influenza. “It’s been very positive,” said Ron Kristjansson, general manager for the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. “There’s more awareness of some equine