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Karen Klassen farms near Manitou with dad George.

N2O study a call to action, say advocates

Farmers for Climate Solutions is calling on the federal government to incentivize reducing N2O emissions

Farmers and the federal government must work together to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), says one advocacy group following the publication of a new study showing global increase in the gas. N2O can ‘gas off’ nitrogen fertilizer applied to fields. “There are many promising ways to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use that are

Mike and son Sky harvesting finished castings from a ridge row of manure.

‘Accidental business people’ find niche in worm-made fertilizer

Faces of Ag: A veteran ‘worm farmer’ and his childhood friend set out to offer environmentally friendly fertilizer — years later, business is booming in unexpected ways

It began 35 years ago with a quarter-pound of worms sent in the mail from Kentucky. Mike Jacques bought them to help develop soil for his greenhouse and the Northern Sun Farm Co-op, a small, off-grid community near Sarto in southeastern Manitoba. The soil in the area was sandy and needed some organic input. Jacques


Jessica Nicksy visits her plots at Libau, Manitoba.

Urban waste shows promise as fertilizer

A University of Manitoba study looked at how to incorporate phosphorus from the city as plant nutrition in the field

Three products made from urban wastes show promise as organic fertilizers — and as ways to cycle nutrients from the city back to the farm, a University of Manitoba study shows. “It’s really important that we start the conversation about having a circular food system rather than a linear food system,” said Jessica Nicksy, a


Syngenta buys biologics group Valagro

Zurich | Reuters — 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 Tuesday the acquisition positioned its crop protection business as a key


Trump issues permit for Alaska-to-Alberta railway

Washington | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a presidential permit for a private-sector proposal to build a railway from northeastern Alberta’s oil sands to ports in Alaska, a project that still faces numerous hurdles. Trump said over the weekend on Twitter he would issue the permit, which he signed on Monday but

Trump-backed Canadian railway to Alaska faces high hurdles

Proponents say line could move grain, fertilizer as well as oil

Winnipeg/Washington | Reuters — A private-sector proposal endorsed by U.S. President Donald Trump to build a railway from Canada’s oil sands to ports in Alaska would free landlocked crude but faces numerous steep challenges. Trump wrote on Twitter over the weekend that he would issue a permit for the Alaska-Alberta Railway Development Corporation (A2A Rail)



Who owned the chemicals that blew up Beirut? No one will say

The fertilizer's Georgian producer has since been dissolved; the ship that brought it to Lebanon sank in 2018

Moscow/Dubai/London | Reuters — In the murky story of how a cache of highly explosive ammonium nitrate ended up on the Beirut waterfront, one thing is clear — no one has ever publicly come forward to claim it. There are many unanswered questions surrounding last week’s huge, deadly blast in the Lebanese capital, but ownership

Nutrien cuts profit forecast on weak ammonia prices

Reuters — Canadian fertilizer maker Nutrien on Monday cut its annual adjusted profit forecast as weaker-than-normal industrial demand held back prices for ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate. The company cut the top end of its 2020 adjusted earnings per share forecast to $1.90 from $2.10 earlier, while retaining the lower end at $1.50. Even as