Just days before he was to assume the position of CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a former Western Canadian grain industry executive has parted ways with the global agricultural trading company . Mayo Schmidt was to become the chief executive for Louis Dreyfus on January 5th. “Following a more detailed analysis of the terms and conditions of… Read More

There were roughly 95 million cattle in the United States as of July 1, 2014, a 3% drop from 2012 numbers, but that could turn around, according to John Navlinka of Sterling Marketing. “I think we’re beginning to build herds and it’s going to be slow — it’s not going to be a rapid buildup… Read More

Have you met someone with a degree from the University of Google? Perhaps you’ve even boasted those credentials when arguing your case over a contentious issue about food or agriculture. But if you’re frustrated that everyone is suddenly an expert on science without actually understanding it, this isn’t a new phenomenon. Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director… Read More

Whether it’s dealing with lawsuits, showing disturbing images or simply dishing out medical advice, there’s no question ‘The Dr. Oz Show,’ garners a lot of public attention. As a talk show, it also relies on a certain level of participation. “Lucky” fans have the opportunity to talk directly with Dr. Oz himself, and get the medical… Read More

We’re proud of our team here at Real Agriculture — we’re an enthusiastic and passionate bunch, but did you know we’re not an ag-media-one-trick pony? You’ve heard one team member’s farmer rendition of “Santa, Baby”, and now our own Bern Tobin has shared the song below. Bern’s family, if you haven’t guessed by the accent, hails… Read More

Perhaps compelled by the Christmas spirit (although unlikely), two seed industry heavyweights have decided to settle their differences and drop their remaining legal challenges against each other. DuPont and Monsanto announced Tuesday that they have agreed to dismiss patent infringement lawsuits against each other over seed-related technologies. Monsanto had claimed DuPont infringed on certain Monsanto seed chipping patents, while DuPont claimed… Read More

Communication is essential to team success, whether you’re changing tires on the sidelines of a Formula One race, managing a family-run business or harvesting this year’s crop. You’ve likely already heard that we’ll be hosting TechTour LIVE! in the new year, with our event partner, Dow AgroSciences Canada. The event was born of the TechTour series, where we… Read More

Syngenta has announced it has received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera trait (also know as “event MIR162”) from China’s regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts, such as dried distillers grains (DDGs), for food and feed use. The Agrisure Viptera corn trait provides protection against a broad… Read More

How has farming changed? Put another way, how have expectations of farmers changed? Significantly, says CropLife Canada president and CEO Ted Menzies. And, what’s more, farmers are rising to the challenge. Real Agriculture’s Shaun Haney sat down with Menzies at the recent Grow Canada Conference held at Ottawa, Ontario, earlier this month, to talk about… Read More

The University of Manitoba has announced the appointment of Dr. Karin Wittenberg as the new Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The first female dean in the faculty’s history, Wittenberg is a professor in the Department of Animal Science and had served as Acting Dean since Dr. Michael Trevan stepped down in July…. Read More

The number of people in British Columbia enjoying chicken or turkey for a Christmas dinner this week likely won’t be impacted by the outbreak of avian influenza in the province, according to survey results released by Chicken Farmers of Canada on behalf of the poultry and egg industries today. The results show that British Columbians realize the… Read More

From 2013 to 2014, Canada has seen increases in beekeepers, colonies, honey production and value, according to Statistics Canada data. This has the country in a very good position in the industry, says Lee Townsend. Townsend is a commercial beekeeper from Stony Plain, Alberta, and a speaker at the upcoming FarmTech Conference in Edmonton. His talk will… Read More

Whether it was the rail transportation fiasco in Western Canada, the ongoing country-of-origin labeling dispute with the U.S., the Canada-E.U. trade deal, UPOV ’91, bee health, the Canadian Wheat Board…the list goes on — 2014 was another eventful and exciting year in Canadian agriculture. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz joined RealAg’s Kelvin Heppner to look back at what… Read More

 

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