McDonald’s has announced that they are “elevating [their] global commitment to source chickens raised with improved welfare outcomes”. It’s a topic that has been on the company’s radar for decades, according to Bruce Feinberg, senior director at McDonald’s, responsible for Global Quality Systems for chicken, beef, pork, fish and dairy products. “Shortly after I joined McDonald’s in… Read More

Richardson International has reached a deal to acquire CHS Canada’s 10 crop input retail outlets in Western Canada. The deal signals the exit of the American farmer-owned co-op from the crop retail business on the Canadian prairies, after entering with the acquisition of independent retailer DynAgra Corp in 2012. “CHS is grateful to the growers… Read More

What will the identity preserved (IP) soybean market look like in 10 years? Sevita International’s new CEO Don Rees believes the market will double over the next decade and he feels that’s a conservative estimate. Grabbing a larger piece of that growing IP pie will be one of Rees’ goals as he takes the reins… Read More

Flying, biting midges (Culicoides spp.) — sometimes called no-see-ums — are a scourge to wildlife. Hunters recognize their effects on deer in particular, which are highly susceptibility to a group of midge-transmitted viruses. But there are growing concerns about their potential effect on livestock, too. Here’s why. A midge swarm will blood-feed on animals, causing… Read More

Can you have too much grain storage on farm? Is on-farm grain storage a trap to procrastinate in marketing your crop? Depending on where you farm, what’s the ideal amount of grain storage relative to your annual crop production? On-farm grain storage has always been a necessity on the prairies, but capacity is growing in… Read More

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) continues to spread across Ontario. The yield-robbing pest was first discovered in the southwest of the province in 1988 and continues to expand north and eastward. OMAFRA plant pathologist Albert Tenuta encourages all growers to take a close look at their soybean fields to determine whether the pest is present. SCN… Read More

Western Financial Group recognizes the value that farmers have in our everyday lives and the impact they have in their local communities.  They want to share more about what farmers do for each and every one of us and share their unique and personal stories. For their first video profile, they present Ryan and Kathy… Read More

Montreal-based Canadian dairy company Saputo has reached a deal to buy Murray Goulburn Co-operative — Australia’s largest milk processor — in a deal worth $1.3 billion, including the Australian company’s debt. Debt aside, the deal is reportedly worth around $488 million. Murray Goulburn produces a full range of dairy products, including milk, milk powder, cheese,… Read More

Friday’s edition of RealAg Radio: Saskatchewan harvest report, with yield estimates, including a average soybean yield in the teens (that’s going to have to climb if acres are supposed to reach anticipated levels); Manitoba’s government rolls out its anticipated carbon pricing plan; Anne Wasko discusses the rally in live cattle futures on the Beef Market… Read More