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U.S. FTC votes to make ‘right to repair’ a priority

Commission also drops 1995 merger policy

Washington | Reuters — The U.S Federal Trade Commission voted Wednesday to make it a priority to address the issue of manufacturers pushing consumers to use licensed dealers to repair items ranging from smartphones to farm equipment, a practice that critics call anti-competitive. The five commissioners, three Democrats and two Republicans, voted unanimously to approve

Much to consider after merger rejection

Much to consider after merger rejection

Seeds Canada is likely but the seed growers’ association won’t be joining

Canada’s seed sector has some contemplating and healing to do in the wake of seed grower association members rejecting a merger with four other seed groups, which would have formed a new, single entity called Seeds Canada. Since the other four voted strongly to merge, it’s expected Seeds Canada will go ahead, but without the


“When you get a vote like we got, then you get a clear message from your membership that’s not what they want to do.” – Jonathan Nyborg.

Seeds Canada likely despite CSGA rejection

Seed growers’ association finds some silver linings

Seeds Canada will likely be formed by the four seed organizations whose members voted strongly in favour of merging, said Ellen Sparry, president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA). “We want to ensure the momentum keeps going,” Sparry, who is president of C & M Seeds in Palmerston, Ont., said in an interview Sept.

Manitoba seed growers weigh in on failed merger

Manitoba seed growers weigh in on failed merger

The Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association says it is disappointed with vote results

The Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association (MSGA), which endorsed the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) merger with four other seed groups to form Seeds Canada, is disappointed CSGA members voted it down. But the MSGA said it is pleased many of its members took time to study the issue and vote. “Our take-home message to our

Eric McLean (left) and Norm Lyster.

Seed sector merger will affect grain farmers

Seed growers have differing views on a plan to create Seeds Canada

Most Manitoba farmers, unless they are seed growers, haven’t heard of Seeds Canada. Its pending creation will either help or hurt seed producers and grain farmers depending on who you talk to. Seeds Canada is a proposed new seed industry organization that will be formed if two-thirds of members of five separate organizations — the


The Canadian International Grains Institute was created in 1972 to provide market development and technical support for Canadian wheat and other field crops.

What will become of Cigi?

Merger talks between Cigi, created 45 years ago to promote Canadian grain exports, and Cereals Canada could come to a head this month


Cigi’s future could soon be clearer. For more than a year, the Canadian International Grains Institute, created in 1972 to provide market development and technical support for Canadian wheat and other field crops, and Cereals Canada, which represents the country’s cereals sector, have been considering merging. Cigi could decide on that during its annual meeting

Louis Dreyfus’ oilseed processing plant at Yorkton, Sask. (LDC.com)

Grain trade regional tie-ups seen more likely over mega-deals

Paris | Reuters — The agricultural trading industry can expect more consolidation at a regional level in an effort to improve margins, but big deals between global merchants are becoming more difficult, Louis Dreyfus’ CEO said. Merchants have been grappling with lower profits from sourcing and shipping commodities such as grain and oilseeds, prompting cutbacks

A Cereals Canada-Cigi merger would raise questions about Sask Wheat’s checkoff funding of Cigi.

Wheat groups watch Cereals Canada, Cigi merger talks

Spokespeople say it’s too soon to react because there are no details yet

Western Canada’s farmer-funded wheat checkoff organizations says it’s too soon to have an opinion on whether Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) should collaborate more or even merge. “We’re waiting to see what the process will be and where those discussions will lead,” Manitoba Wheat and Barley Grower Association (MWBGA) general manager


Activists burn an information circular about the proposed Bayer-Monsanto deal in protest outside Bayer’s annual general meeting held
in Bonn, Germany in April 2017.

Merger mania could hurt farmers

Mergers or acquisitions have been big news in the last year — but what does that mean for the farmer?

A wave of consolidation is, yet again, sweeping through the global agriculture sector, leaving many to wonder what this is going to mean for farmers. Equipment firms, precision agriculture companies, fertilizer makers and crop protection producers, all are getting swept up in the trend. Some observers are optimistic, while others are much more cautious. The

A worker checks mining equipment at the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan’s Lanigan mine.

Merged fertilizer firm Nutrien eyes U.S. farm suppliers

Regulatory-driven divestitures are creating a sizable war chest for acquisitions

Nutrien, the company to be formed from the merger of Agrium and PotashCorp of Saskatchewan, plans to expand its U.S. farm supply network and return cash to shareholders, Chuck Magro, Agrium CEO, said Nov. 15, as it leverages unusually flush coffers during an agriculture slump. Regulators in China and India require Potash to divest minority