As tensions remain high between China and North American countries, it appears as though China will be taking another step to strengthen inspections of imported meat from Canada. The news broke Tuesday afternoon from RealAg Radio regular, Kelsey Johnson of Reuters. In her article, she points out: A Canadian agriculture ministry notice seen by Reuters… Read More

Canadian tech start up company Transport Genie Ltd., along with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), have received funding to move forward with phase three of a multi-year research project aimed at improving biosecurity within swine transport, including transport trailers. The funding, not disclosed in the news release, comes from the Swine… Read More

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has confirmed with RealAgriculture, two Canadian pork exporters have had their permits suspended. The news broke late Wednesday and so far the Agriculture Minister isn’t aware of any other permit agriculture related suspensions at this time other than two canola exporters. The minister says the reason for the suspensions… Read More

Assiniboine Community College, at Brandon, Man.,, is getting a new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins (FPC) thanks to funding from the provincial and federal governments along with industry stakeholders. A combined $640,000 is earmarked to complete construction of the centre. “The Food Processing Centre will allow Assiniboine to be responsive to the workforce development… Read More

Federal minister of  Agriculture and Agri-food Marie-Claude Bibeau was on hand at St. Breslau, Ont., to announce a repayable interest-free loan of $10 million for Ontario pork processor Conestoga Meats. “Conestoga Meats and its farmer-owners are very appreciative of the interest-free loan that the Government of Canada is making to our business,” says Arnold Drung,… Read More

La Broquerie, Manitoba-based HyLife announced today it is being bought by Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl (CPF) for $498 million. HyLife is a vertically-integrated pork production company, from feed processing, to hog production, and pork processing and distribution of pork products. HyLife employs over 2,500 people, and has processing plants in Canada, including Neepawa, Man.,… Read More

It’s no surprise to many that African swine fever (ASF) was one of the main topics discussed at the National Pork Management conference. The event, held at Nashville, TN., brought together a variety of industry stakeholders including producers, packers, chief financial officers, safety directors, and more. As it just wrapped up, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney caught… Read More

With less than two months until the World Pork Expo is set to happen at Des Moines, Iowa, and organizers have made the tough call to cancel this year’s event. The move comes out of “an abundance of caution” as African swine fever (ASF) continues to wreak havoc in much of China and other parts… Read More

There are oh-so-many factors at play in the oilseed complex, and the latest trade news (hi there, blocked canola shipments) does not bode well for the vegetable oil market. That said, soybean prices seemed to have encountered some price resistance at the mid-$9/bu price… could this be a bottom? Unfortunately, Chuck Penner, realist and founder… Read More

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