Month: September 2017

Beef Market Update: Market proving itself after bearish Cattle on Feed report

Last week’s Cattle on Feed report, published by the United States Department of Agriculture, listed a 4 percent increase in cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market, when compared to September 1, 2016. In August, placements totalled 1.93 million head, up 3 percent from 2016. “There was a bearish surprise to the placement,”… Read more »

Swiss food security vote: because you can’t live on chocolate alone

In our country, referendums are rare, and not for the faint of heart. Remember the Quebec separation referendums back in the 1990s? They nearly tore the country apart. It’s a different story in Switzerland, which like us, is an agricultural nation. Here, referendums — like the one on food security that concluded on Sunday —… Read more »

What happened to grain markets this quarter?

This week’s grain markets were largely influenced by that was happening in currency markets and government reports. The Canadian Dollar lost about 1.1% this week but has basically ended where it began September, up just 0.15%. On Wednesday, the Loonie saw it’s largest single day loss in eight months after the Bank of Canada’s governor… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 29: Keeping crop yields a secret

Well, Shaun Haney is down in Washington to take in some college football, and Kelvin Hepper is back at home after a busy week in Ottawa, but they both made the time, as usual, to co-host today’s Friday edition of RealAg Radio. In it: Top ag stories – comments on Kelvin’s interview with Minister MacAulay,… Read more »

Tackling the consumer-centric food system

The global statistics around malnutrition are shocking. According to the World Health Organization, in 2014 more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight or obese, while 463 million were underweight. And, roughly 45 percent of deaths among children under five years of age are linked to undernutrition. Changing those numbers is something Regina Moench-Pfanner is beyond passionate… Read more »

Chicken Farmers of Canada names new executive director

Chicken Farmers of Canada has named its replacement for outgoing executive director Mike Dungate. Michael Laliberté has been hired to lead the national chicken producer organization’s 25-member staff. Laliberté is very familiar with CFC, having worked for the organization for 26 years, most recently as director of operations. “The Board of Directors undertook a robust,… Read more »

MacAulay downplays impact of proposed tax changes

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay continues to downplay the potential impact of the Liberals’ proposed tax changes, despite widespread concerns voiced by many farmers, small business owners and their accountants. The minister took 10 minutes to sit down with RealAgriculture in his office in the Confederation Building on Parliament Hill this week to discuss the tax… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 28: A Liberal, a Conservative, and a controversial tax proposal

Kelvin Heppner and Shaun Haney are back to co-host this Thursday edition of RealAg Radio. In this episode: An update on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), round three discussions. Mexico’s representative says they have to have the will to table positions that encourage constructive discussions. Are the Americans deliberately putting non-starters on the… Read more »

MPSG declares neutral stance on location of potential Manitoba soybean processor

Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) has issued a statement saying it is neutral on the location of a potential soybean crush plant in the province. Rapid growth in soybean acres on the eastern side of the prairies has led to interest from growers and industry in establishing a soybean processing facility. A group of… Read more »

AGCO introduces classification system for square balers

AGCO has introduced a classification system for square balers and is inviting other baler manufacturers to use the standards. Similar to the classification system for combines based on their capacity, the eight baler classes are defined by plunger weight, which, according to the company, is the most measurable factor impacting density. “Bale density is a… Read more »

Questions linger about U.S. commitment to completing new NAFTA deal

Negotiators are trying to ignore the politics and noise surrounding their attempt to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the big decisions will ultimately be made in the political realm. And that means what happens on the ground in the negotiating room has to be within the range of what political leaders, including… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 27: Beware the timing of hay harvest

Host Peter Johnson is non-stop in this episode of The Word, as he tries to catch up on topics ranging from 100 bushel/acre wheat to slugs in cover crops. Have a question you’d like Peter to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave Peter a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete),… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 27: Healthy pollinators and optimism in Ottawa

Co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner are back for this Wednesday edition of the show. In this episode: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have a bit of a problem, as the U.S. seems to be lowering corporate taxes while the federal government here is moving in the opposite direction. Syngenta to pay close to $1.5… Read more »

Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley announce trial management amalgamation

Alberta Barley this morning announced the appointment of Tom Steve as general manager, a role he will take on in addition to his current role as general manager of the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). “Our board saw this as an excellent opportunity to leverage the strong working relationship we have with the Alberta Wheat Commission,”… Read more »

Upcycler AgriProtein set to fly with 20 farms in U.S. and Canada

Self-proclaimed ‘waste-to-nutrient upcycler’, AgriProtein, is set to build 20 farms in the United States and Canada — fly farms, that is. The company started building its first commercial-scale factory in 2014. Just two years later, it announced the securement of 17.5 million USD in capital just to fund expansion in Europe, North America and Asia…. Read more »