Category: Ag Business

Pulse School: Pulse Canada’s 25 by 2025 market development strategy

Pulse Canada is always looking for ways to diversify markets, helping to create price stability for the commodity. In this episode of the Pulse School, field editor Dale Leftwich talks to Jackie Tenuta, director of market development for Pulse Canada, about the 25 by 2025 strategy. Tenuta explains “Essentially what it comes down to is finding… Read more »

Drones could make crop research 10 times more efficient

Every farmer doesn’t need to own and operate a drone for UAV technology to have a positive impact on their farm. That’s the message Scott Ditschun shares with farmers when he discusses how Bayer CropScience is employing drones in its agronomic and product research. He says UAV technology could effectively increase Bayer’s field research efficiency by… Read more »

Maizex and La Coop fédérée announce partnership

La Coop fédérée, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, has entered into a joint venture partnership with Tilbury, Ontario-based Maizex Seeds. The partnership will have a broad, national presence, the companies say. Maizex produces and markets seed corn and seed soybeans, while La Coop fédérée produces and markets seed for corn, soybeans, cereals, and forages under its Elite… Read more »

Food Truths From Farm to Table addresses food guilt, shares farmers’ stories

If the conversation around farming and food is really going to change for the better, we have to get past talking to each other and reach out to our customers. In writing her book, Food Truths From Farm to Table, author Michele Payn specifically chose consumers as her target audience to move beyond “preaching to the choir.”… Read more »

‘Learn to Lead’ heading into its third year

SaskCanola is working to encourage and train the next generation of farm leaders. Tracy Broughton, policy and producer relations manager for SaskCanola, says that it’s leadership development is key to making sure the baton will be passed to eager and capable hands. With that in mind, SaskCanola is starting to plan the third year of… Read more »

Bayer closes acquisition of Monsanto

It’s a done deal. Monsanto shares are no longer trading on the New York Stock Exchange, as Bayer completed its US$63 billion acquisition of Monsanto on Thursday. The actual integration of Monsanto into Bayer — and the coinciding retirement of the Monsanto name — won’t happen immediately, as approval from the U.S. Department of Justice… Read more »

Poll: Is it positive for the GMO debate for Bayer to retire the name Monsanto?

The name Monsanto is headed for retirement. Bayer has confirmed it will no longer use the name after it closes its US$63 billion acquisition of Monsanto. Monsanto has been the target of anti-GMO activists for years, serving as a corporate lightning rod for critics of genetic modification and crop protection technology in general. Whether referenced… Read more »

Monsanto name to become part of history, with acquisition by Bayer set to close on Thursday

One of the most well-known and controversial brands in the world will soon become part of history. Bayer has confirmed it plans to complete its acquisition of Monsanto on June 7, after receiving all the required regulatory approvals. Monsanto products will retain their brand names under Bayer’s portfolio, but the name “Monsanto” will be retired…. Read more »

Ag machinery manufacturers feel the pain of steel tariffs

Steel prices in North America are on the rise and the impacts are just beginning to be felt in farm country. In the U.S., steel prices were already up 37% year to date and expected to go higher with the imposition of 25% import tariffs on steel from Canada and Mexico. According to the Financial… Read more »

Dairy Distillery turns waste skim milk into tasty spirit 

What started as a fascination with craft distilling and a chance discussion about dumping skim milk has evolved into a tasty new business at Almonte, Ontario. Neal McCarten is director of operations for Dairy Distillery, and it was his family’s farm background that led to a discussion with Omid McDonald, founder and CEO, about how… Read more »

Bayer-Monsanto deal receives green light from Canada’s Competition Bureau

Canada’s competition regulator says it has reached an agreement with Bayer that lays out the conditions for its proposed acquisition of Monsanto. The announcement comes a day after the U.S. Department of Justice gave its conditional approval to the US$66 billion deal. The Competition Bureau concluded that the deal “would likely substantially lessen and prevent… Read more »

Bayer-Monsanto deal gains key approval from the U.S. Department of Justice

Bayer has gained conditional approval for its acquisition of Monsanto from the U.S. Department of Justice, which was the largest outstanding regulatory authorization left for the the US$66 billion deal. “Receipt of the DOJ’s approval brings us close to our goal of creating a leading company in agriculture,” said Bayer CEO Werner Baumann, in a… Read more »

Fertilizer Canada launches new 4R designation toolkit

Canadian ag retailers have a new tool to help their farmer customers adopt 4R nutrient stewardship practices. With the launch of Fertilizer Canada’s new 4R designation toolkit, the industry organization says it will be easier for retailers to support farmers as they work to enhance management practices with the principles of 4R nutrient stewardship – a globally recognized, Canadian-made… Read more »

Inocucor changes name to Concentric

Inocucor Corporation, a startup company that specializes in microbial products for crop and soil health, has announced it is changing its name to Concentric Ag Corporation. The company, which has facilities in Manitoba, Quebec and Colorado, says its new name means “having a common centre” and “symbolizes growth and vitality in nature like rings in a… Read more »

Fighting for margin: Chemical price transparency for Canadian farmers

The actual price of farm chemicals is often hidden from farmers using techniques like rebates, black box programs and price matching. That means Canadian farmers may be paying different prices to buy the exact same products. The lack of transparency in the ag chemicals market can add costs to an already expensive crop production essential…. Read more »