Most of the pomp and circumstance at cattle shows swirls around the big purebred championships. It’s not different at Canadian Western Agribition, where show-stopping bulls sell for more money than most people’s cars cost. There’s a lot more that goes on at Agribition, though, that doesn’t always get as much attention, but it’s important nonetheless…. Read More

CWB announced today the dispatch of its first shipload of canola from the Port of Prince Rupert. The cargo of 42,000 tonnes of Prairie canola is now travelling aboard the vessel Tai Health, enroute to customers in Japan, according to the company’s press release. Changes to the western Canadian grain-marketing system, implemented by the federal… Read More

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) hosted its annual roundtable meeting between Canadian and US beef industry leaders during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Now in its seventh year, the roundtable brought cattle producers from North Dakota, Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet with their Canadian counterparts at Agribition. The event gathered six American representatives… Read More

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives will have some regional offices “streamlined” in an effort by the province to reduce expenditures and deliver services more efficiently, a press release announced today. Front-line services will not be negatively impacted, the province says. Offices will be consolidated while in other cases it will mean restructuring, “modernizing services”… Read More

Novozymes has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Natural Industries Inc., a company based in Houston, USA. Natural Industries Inc. is a bioagricultural company with annual revenues of $5 million. Natural Industries Inc. and Novozymes have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the agreement. The bioagriculture market is driven by farmers wanting to… Read More

We demand so much of our dairy herd — the highest quality milk in copious quantities, excellent production persistence and (we hope) a heifer calf at every calving. The demands of modern dairy production mean cows spend much of their day standing, supporting their large frames and heavy udders. While dairy farmers take extra care… Read More

BASF has completed the acquisition of Becker Underwood from Norwest Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity investment company, for a purchase price of US$1.02 billion, according to its press release. With the acquisition, BASF is now a global provider of technologies for biological seed treatment as well as seed treatment colorants and polymers. BASF has… Read More

  Todd Hirsch, ATB financial senior economist, spoke at the Canfax Cattle Market Forum. The outlook he provided was one of cautious optimism mixed with a little bit of wait and see. The cautious optimism stems from the overall stability of the Canadian economy and the growth in provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan. The wait… Read More