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Federated Co-op buying into ag retailer Blair’s

Central, southeastern Saskatchewan sites to go into new joint venture

The ag retail arm of the Saskatchewan-based Blair’s Family of Companies is set to go into a joint venture with one of Canada’s biggest co-operatives. Blair’s and Federated Co-operatives (FCL) announced last week they’ve reached an agreement to set up a joint venture which, pending regulatory approvals, will own and operate the seven Blair’s ag

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Co-op Refinery, union reach tentative labour deal

Proposal now goes to ratification vote

The operators of one of Western Canada’s biggest fuel refineries have reached a tentative deal with the union representing workers locked out since December. The deal, if ratified in an employee vote, would end the lockout at Federated Co-operatives’ (FCL) Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC), a major bulk fuel supplier to farmers and rural co-ops across


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No Prairie farm fuel shortages expected in pandemic

Continuity plans in place to keep fuel moving

Prairie farmers shouldn’t see a disruption to their farm fuel distribution as a result of COVID-19 safety measures. “Our members are committed to minimizing disruptions to the Canadian fuel supply as a result of the pandemic response,” Canadian Fuels Association spokesperson Jason Vaillant said in an email. “Our members are working tirelessly to maintain operations

Several Manitoba farmers who were starting to feel the pinch of shrinking fuel supplies took to social media saying they couldn’t get fuel at all or were topping up tanks in case shortages worsened.

Access resumes at Co-op refinery in wake of gas rationing

Manitoba farmers say rationed fuel, the latest symptom of the labour dispute at the Co-op refinery in Regina, threatened to disrupt farm operations

Manitoba’s brush with fuel shortages, thanks to an ongoing labour dispute, may be at an end. On Feb. 7, Regina police took down blockades put up by locked out refinery employees around the Co-op Refinery Complex, Federated Co-operatives Ltd. announced Friday morning. Trucks were able to access two loading facilities, the company said, and fuel

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Federated Co-op to close Calgary distribution centre

The main supply outlet for Co-op grocery stores in southern Alberta and British Columbia is set to close in April as one of its main users takes its business elsewhere. Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) announced Thursday it will close its Calgary food distribution centre in April, a decision it said will eliminate just over 200


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Calgary to step out of Federated Co-op grocery system

Calgary Co-op’s grocery business plans to get all its goods from suppliers other than Federated Co-operatives (FCL) starting in April next year. Saskatoon-based FCL said Thursday it had received notice from Calgary Co-operative Association that it would “discontinue the procurement of all products for their grocery stores from FCL” at that time. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix


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Co-op Feeds to shut two Prairie plants, sell another

In the face of “industry challenges,” Federated Co-operatives’ livestock feed manufacturing division plans to pull its operations from six plants down into three. Saskatoon-based Federated Co-op announced Monday it will consolidate its production of bulk and bagged cattle, horse, sheep and poultry feed into three of its existing plants, at Calgary, Saskatoon and Moosomin, Sask.


Post-secondary students interested in Federated Co-operatives’ ag acholarship program now have until Oct. 15 to apply. (CoopAg.ca)

Co-op moves up timetable for scholarship program

Prairie students planning careers in agriculture or agribusiness now have an earlier deadline to seek funding support through the Co-op Excellence in Ag program. Excellence in Ag, Federated Co-operatives’ (FCL) multi-year scholarship and summer internship program, previously had a Jan. 31 deadline, but for the 2016 round, the application deadline will be Oct. 15 this