Category: News

OSCIA Revives Forage Masters Competition

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) recently announced a return of the Forage Masters Competition. New and improved, revamping of the competition was lead by Don Oliver, OSCIA director for the east central region. A team effort involving input from not just OSCIA directors, members, staff, but also from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and… Read more »

Ag Literacy Week Expands to Full Month of March

A week just wasn’t long enough… Six years after the launch of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week, the program has been expanded to Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month for the month of March 2017. Agriculture in the Classroom – Canada (AITC) and its partners will be delivering agriculture programming to over 800 classrooms and 30,000 students across… Read more »

A Map to the (Grain Farmer) Stars

Grain Farmers of Ontario recently launched a new, virtual “meet your farmer” through its Good in Every Grain initiative. Building off of last year’s start on farmer profiles, 2017 marks a year-long foray into meet and greets with 52 Weeks of Your Farmers:www.GoodinEveryGrain.ca/YourFarmers. Each week, a new Ontario grain farmer is profiled on the site. The profiles include… Read more »

Bernier Promises to Tear Down Supply Management if Elected Prime Minister

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Maxime Bernier performed very well in the leadership debate held at the Manning Conference over the weekend according to many delegates, but Canadian dairy farmers were left rather concerned. Not surprisingly, Bernier maintained his stance of being against supply management for dairy, egg and poultry sectors. On Friday afternoon Bernier… Read more »

First PEDv Case of 2017 Confirmed in Ontario Finisher Barn

Ontario Pork announced February 23, 2017, that it had confirmed the 100th Ontario case of PED (porcine epidemic diarrhea) virus. It is the first confirmed case this year. The virus was confirmed Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in a finisher barn in Haldimand-Norfolk county. No other details have been released at this time. Read more: Managing… Read more »

Decisive Farming Enters U.S. Market With Titan Machinery

Alberta-based farm data and precision ag service provider Decisive Farming is entering the American market through a deal with Titan Machinery, the largest Case IH dealer in the U.S. A strategic alliance between the two companies was formally announced this week. The deal is similar to Decisive Farming’s agreement with Rocky Mountain Equipment, the largest Case… Read more »

Health Canada Approves Irradiated Fresh and Frozen Ground Beef

Recognizing irradiation as a safe and effective treatment to reduce bacteria in ground beef, Health Canada has published new regulations allowing the sale of irradiated fresh and frozen raw ground beef. The final regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on February 22, and take effect immediately. Irradiation involves exposing food to low levels… Read more »

One of North Dakota’s Largest Farms Declares Bankruptcy

With American farm income forecast to drop for a fourth straight year, one of North Dakota’s largest high-value crop farms has declared bankruptcy. McMartin Farms (McM Inc), headquartered just 30 miles south of the Canada-U.S border at St. Thomas, voluntarily filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fargo on February 10. McM Inc…. Read more »

Grain Growers Launch New Logo and Revamped Site

The Grain Growers of Canada chose today, the inaugural Canada’s Agriculture Day, to launch its new logo and to unveil a completely re-designed website. The Grain Growers of Canada represents 50,000 active grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 12 provincial and regional grower groups. Its mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that… Read more »

Viterra, GrainsConnect Elevators to be Built Near Vegreville, AB

Both Viterra and GrainsConnect have announced plans over the last two weeks to build new high throughput grain elevators in the Vegreville, Alberta area. Viterra confirmed yesterday that it has received all necessary regulatory approvals, with construction expected to begin this spring. “We have a long and successful history in this area of Alberta, so… Read more »

White Planters Roll Out With Precision Planting SpeedTubes

AGCO Corporation is bringing to market White Planters 9800VE series planters equipped with SpeedTube seed tubes from Precision Planting. With SpeedTube on White Planters 9800VE Series planters, farmers can now achieve precise seed placement of corn at speeds nearly double traditional operating speeds, says AGCO. In field tests, the 9800VE Series planter with SpeedTube produced… Read more »

Syngenta Sees ChemChina Takeover Closing in Second Quarter of ’17

Syngenta is now expecting its US$43 billion takeover by ChemChina to be finalized in the second quarter of 2017. “ChemChina and Syngenta have made significant progress towards achieving the necessary regulatory approvals and closing the transaction,” said the company in its 2016 year-end results, published on Wednesday. 13 regulatory authorities have given their thumbs-up to… Read more »

Leal Announces Funds for Upgrade at Cargill Beef Plant

Ontario Ag Minister Jeff Leal was in Guelph on Wednesday to announce provincial funding for upgrades at Cargill’s beef processing plant. The province is contributing $582,000 toward a $3.5 million upgrade that will enable Cargill to produce a protein-rich animal feed ingredient using raw by-product. “By investing in technology that will support local production, we… Read more »

$240 Million Soybean Processing Plant Announced in North Dakota

While work continues on attracting a soybean processing plant to southern Manitoba, plans for a US$240 million soybean crush facility in North Dakota were announced on Tuesday. Governor Doug Burgum and representatives from Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its North Dakota subsidiary formally unveiled the proposal to build a crush facility and refinery at Spiritwood,… Read more »

New Holland Agriculture Completes Acquisition of Kongskilde Agriculture

Following the announcement made in October, New Holland Agriculture is set to expand its wide offering with new implement product lines, as CNH Industrial completed the acquisition of the agricultural Grass and Soil business of Kongskilde Industries, part of the Danish Group Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab (DLG A.m.b.A.). See More: Past Content on New Holland The… Read more »