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Provincial canola groups issued a public statement this afternoon in support the Canola Council of Canada. Richardson International, one of the largest grain handlers in Canada and a company that crushes canola, announced this week that it is pulling funding from the canola council. The withdrawal will create a big hole in the council’s budget, […] Read more

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1/17/2018 3:20:05 PM

Although it’s been whispered about for more than a year, and we even reported on the rumblings a couple of months ago, news that Richardson International is pulling out of the Canola Council of Canada is unsettling and bizarre. After all, the CCC is a high-functioning, an influential and an exemplary value chain organization, one […] Read more

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1/16/2018 10:00:46 PM

Canada’s largest agribusiness has pulled its funding from three of the country’s national oilseed organizations. Richardson International is no longer funding the Canola Council of Canada, the Flax Council of Canada and Soy Canada. “We don’t think we got the value out of it,” said Jean-Marc Ruest, Richardson’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs. The company […] Read more

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1/16/2018 5:30:19 PM

The Alberta government is extending the consultation period on new farm safety rules. Alberta agriculture minister Oneil Carlier said Jan. 15 that farmers, ranchers, local governments and industry groups now have until Feb. 26 to weigh in. “We had a few individuals and municipalities that were looking for a little bit more time,” Carlier said. […] Read more

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1/15/2018 3:45:31 PM

It all adds up to too much. Canola, wheat, corn, soybeans, there is more than expected by the grain trade and that isn’t for good prices. The U.S. corn crop was big in 2017-18, but now that the tallies are in, it was bigger. Today’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (PDF format) aren’t […] Read more

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1/12/2018 3:58:51 PM

The Saskatchewan Wheat Commission has a new board of directors and a new chair. Laura Reiter, the new chair, was first elected as a SaskWheat board member in 2013. She farms with her husband and brother at Radisson, Sask. She is trained as an agrologist and spent time working in the research and ag retail […] Read more

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1/12/2018 2:45:18 PM

It’s a scenario that keeps grain exporters awake at night. A vessel with 70,000 tonnes of Canadian grain arrives at port in Japan. Samples are taken and tested. The shipment is then rejected because the samples exceed the maximum residue limit for a particular pesticide. However, exporters such as Richardson International plan for such scenarios […] Read more

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1/11/2018 2:53:52 PM

Most prairie grain growers could be looking at a dry and early seeding season in 2018 unless conditions change dramatically over the next two to three months. Trevor Hadwen, an agro-climate expert with Agriculture Canada, says conditions across much of the West remain unusually dry. Agriculture Canada just released the latest version of its Canadian […] Read more

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1/11/2018 2:48:58 PM

The United States is likely to lose lucrative market share of wheat in Japan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning the American agriculture industry. The reason: other nations’ embrace of free trade deals. “The current market preference for (Canadian spring wheat) over (American spring wheat) may be compounded in the coming years by the […] Read more

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1/11/2018 2:46:02 PM

Canadian pulse seeded area will likely be down significantly in 2018 because neither prices nor demand are likely to improve soon. That raises the question of where the former pulse acres go. For many, it will likely mean more canola area, and that raises worries about disease pressure. Pulse area surged in the past few […] Read more

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1/11/2018 2:44:25 PM
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