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Bunge reportedly ready to replace CEO

Reuters — Bunge Ltd. is preparing to replace its CEO Soren Schroder as the global grains trader faces investor pressure, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing sources. The company is expected to announce the CEO’s departure in the coming days, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. The grains trader was




Scott Lavich’s first-year Operation Pollinator site remains short after dry conditions this year.

Pollinator program faces down farm realities

Operation Pollinator providers say they are still fine tuning the recipe for success when bringing their program to the field

Scott Lavich was already sold on supporting pollinator habitat before he signed on with Syngenta Canada’s Operation Pollinator last year. The Riding Mountain-area producer already had both interest and experience in on-farm conservation, making him a perfect fit for the program, which offers up to two acres worth of pollinator-friendly seed mix and financial support

EU nations back ban on all outdoor neonic use

Brussels | Reuters — European Union countries backed a proposal on Friday to ban all use outdoors of insecticides known as neonicotinoids that studies have shown can harm bees. The ban, championed by environmental activists, covers the use of three active substances — imidacloprid, developed by Bayer CropScience; clothianidin, developed by Takeda Chemical Industries and


Editorial: Scorecard needed

As the Winnipeg Jets mount what promises to be an exciting playoff run, casual hockey fans find themselves at a disadvantage. No doubt more than a few tuned in to the first couple of games last week and were surprised to find a member of the famed Stastny clan had joined the ranks of the

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



ADM, Syngenta settle suit over biotech corn exports

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland has settled a lawsuit with Syngenta over the seed company’s launch of a biotech corn strain that roiled grain exports to China, according to regulatory documents filed on Friday. ADM sued Syngenta four years ago for selling the corn variety known as Agrisure Viptera or

Robb Fraley is the executive vice-president and chief technology officer for Monsanto Co.

Explosion of innovation coming to the farm

The chief technology officer for Monsanto Co. says the interface between data and biology will be a powerful tool

There is an explosion of innovation coming to the farm as a new age of sensors and satellite imagery intersects with the world’s oldest industry, the executive vice-president and chief technology office for Monsanto Co. says. Robb Fraley, who was in Calgary recently to address the GrowCanada Conference, said in an interview that although agriculture