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Ardent Mills to buy further into gluten-free

Company plans deal for North Dakota pulse miller Firebird

A major North American flour miller plans to stretch its reach further into the gluten-free milling market with a deal for a North Dakota processor. Ardent Mills said Monday it plans to buy the assets of Firebird Artisan Mills, which processes pulses and specialty grains at Harvey, N.D., about 240 km south of Brandon, Man.

Organic checkoff gets the green light

Organic checkoff gets the green light

This is the first mandated organic checkoff in Canada, says MOA

The Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA) says its new checkoff levy on organic cereals, pulses and oilseeds will help fund organic-specific research and extension work. “It wasn’t felt that the research and development and marketing were actually benefiting organic grain farmers,” MOA project manager Karen Klassen told the Co-operator. “This is the first organic grain levy


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Feather sector’s on-farm upgrade program underway

Applications now being accepted for funding

The federal free trade compensation program to help Canada’s poultry and egg producers pay for on-farm upgrades, renovations and improvements is now taking applications. The $646.8 million, 10-year Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) is now formally underway, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Monday. Each eligible Canadian producer is entitled to an amount proportional


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USDA plans more pandemic programs for disadvantaged farmers

Review found disparities in farm aid distribution

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday it will dedicate at least US$6 billion to help smaller-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers who were hurt by the pandemic, along with producers of organic food and other specialty crops. The agency said it would also increase by approximately $5.6 billion payments made


Choose certifications that are actually relevant, expert says

Choose certifications that are actually relevant, expert says

Food industry panellists lament the confusion food marketing has caused for consumers

Consumers are likely confused by the myriad food sustainability certifications out there, and it’s no wonder, said a panel of food industry experts. This may be made worse by poor or even dishonest communication from the food industry. “What does pasture-raised eggs or chicken mean?… what does grass fed mean when it comes to beef?

Will Bailey-Elkin (right) seeds intercropped peas and cereals with Wilson Fink (left) at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman.

Survey seeks farmers who intercrop organic peas

The University of Manitoba study is analyzing the economics of pea-cereal intercrops

A University of Manitoba study is looking for farmers’ input to analyze the economics of organic pea intercropping. “The overall goal of the questionnaire is to add on-farm information to an economic analysis of different pea-intercrop seed mixtures,” said Will Bailey-Elkin, a master’s student in the department of plant science. Bailey-Elkin is looking for farmers in Manitoba,

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Mexico farm lobby blasts ban on GMO corn

Country's organic growers welcome ban

Monterrey, Mexico | Reuters — Mexico’s main agricultural lobby on Saturday criticized the government’s decision to ban genetically modified corn, while organic growers hailed the move that should protect smaller farmers. Mexico will “revoke and refrain from granting permits for the release of genetically modified corn seeds into the environment,” stated a decree issued Thursday


The enormous Roquette pea-processing plant at Portage la Prairie is due to open at the end of the year.

Roquette puts out call for organic peas

The Portage la Prairie processor ‘very confident’ growers can supply enough organic peas

Manitoba organic producers will be able to sell peas to processing giant Roquette in the 2021 season, the company announced on Oct. 28. Interest among growers has already been high, said Glen Last, grain buyer at Roquette during a call with media. “We’re very confident that the grower base is there,” he said. Roquette continues

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Quebec poultry packer to shut ex-Maple Leaf plant

Giannone to close Drummondville facility

The new owner of an antibiotic-free poultry processing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region is set to shut the plant next week after a “thorough review” of its condition. Volaille Giannone announced Friday it will close the former Avicomax plant at Drummondville effective Nov. 6, after having bought it from Maple Leaf Foods in July for