Say what you want about organic food production and produce, but proponents of organics can’t claim that organic food is more nutritious. That’s according to a study out of the Stanford School of Medicine, which concluded definitively that organically produced fruits and veggies offered the same level of nutrients. There are some distinct differences between… Read More

Time to savour that juicy steak, chicken wings and delicious pork tenderloin, because within the next 40 years we’re all going to have go vegetarian. That’s according to a group of scientists from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Researchers there point to water usage in livestock production as the main limiting factor of our… Read More

Agriculture is an industry full of untold success stories.  Many of those success stories are driven forward by great leadership.  The agricultural industry is full of great leaders that have some great stories of failure, success and challenges. RealAgriculture and Kim McConnell are happy to announce the launch of a new series entitled, RealLeaders, Conversations… Read More

A great friend of RealAgriculture.com is going to be inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in the fall.  Kim McConnell’s name is synonymous with agriculture marketing in Canada.  Kim has been involved in many projects in the front lines and also many in the background steering teams and people to accomplish their goals.  Along… Read More

I always find it interesting to read or hear the mainstream media cover big ag stories.  We have been able to see this with the coverage of the CWB single desk dissolving early this year and now the Glencore – Viterra deal. In the below episode of the Lang and O’Leary Exchange, three segments are… Read More

With the sale of Viterra, Agrium has purchased the ag-retail locations that are not attached to grain terminals.   We have had several emails this week from farmers requesting the opportunity to vote on the impact of Agrium (CPS) having a very dominant ag-retail presence in Western Canada. With this 1.6 billion dollar purchase, Agrium will… Read More

Based on the announcement today of the Glencore purchase of Viterra, Richardsons has really solidified their already strong presence in Western Canadian agriculture. According to the Richardson’s press release: Richardson’s agreement with Glencore includes the purchase of a 25% ownership interest in Cascadia Terminal (Vancouver), which will allow Richardson to ship increased volumes of grain… Read More

Well it official….Viterra has been sold. TheGlobe and Mail is reporting this morning that Glencore has purchased Viterra for 6.1 billion. Agrium (CPS) take the majority of the agri retail spots while Richardson’s has acquired a quarter of the grain handling assets. More to come as the story develops.

I was listening to CBC Radio this morning and I thought this was a pretty good discussion of the political side of the Viterra takeover. In particular the challenges that Brad Wall has with explaining the three way deal to residents of Saskatchewan.  Viterra is a different kind of company than Potash Corp and therefore… Read More

John Depape, The CWB Monitor, talks to RealAgriculture.com about the potential sale of Viterra to a foreign company like Glencore.  John gives his feelings on whether Viterra is a national strategic asset, whether the competition bureau has anything to say about this size of deal, and if this potential deal with Glencore makes any sense… Read More

The Canadian agricultural newswires are jumping today as Viterra’s shares were temporarily halted on the TSX due to what the company calls “expression of interest.” I have made calls around the country and two names continue to pop up.  Glencore and ADM have been on the tip of everyone’s tongue all day. Many of you… Read More