Deere chain to pick up four S. Alta. dealerships — September 19, 2014

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A southern Alberta group of John Deere farm equipment dealerships is set to become part of the Cervus Equipment chain. Calgary-based Cervus, which owns the largest group of Deere farm equipment dealerships in Canada, announced an agreement Thursday to buy up all shares in Evergreen Equipment, the owner of Deere dealerships in Bassano, Brooks, Drumheller […]


CP meeting federal grain shipment targets — September 18, 2014

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Reuters — Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) has met the minimum weekly grain volumes mandated by the federal government, the railway said Thursday, a day after Transport Canada said it would fine Canadian National Railway (CN) for falling short. CP spokeswoman Breanne Feigel said in an email that the railway had cleared the minimum volumes to […]


U.S. launches task force to tackle antibiotic-resistant bugs — September 18, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance to national security, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for the outlining of specific steps to be taken, White House advisers said at a press conference Thursday. The White House announced […]


U.S. livestock: Weak cash price outlook drops CME live cattle — September 18, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle settled lower on Thursday in anticipation of packers spending less for market-ready, or cash, cattle this week, traders said. October live cattle futures finished 1.425 cents per pound lower at 155.6 cents, and December at 158.925 cents down 1.075 cents (all figures US$). Processors may cut […]


U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat fall to lowest since 2010 — September 18, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell 1.1 per cent to their lowest in more than four years on Thursday as farmers resumed harvesting in parts of the U.S. Midwest as fields began to dry out, traders said. Wheat and corn futures fell too, with wheat also hitting its lowest since July 2010, due […]


CP challenging extended rail interswitching rules — September 18, 2014

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Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) wants the courts to shoot down new federal rules that allow more Prairie elevators to move loaded grain cars on more than one railway, the Manitoba Co-operator reports. The Canadian Transportation Agency rules, launched in tandem with the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act passed in May, are the target of an action […]


Manitoba edible bean yields ‘all over the board’ — September 18, 2014

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CNS Canada — Harvest of edible beans is underway in parts of Manitoba, with yields reported as variable so far. Yields on pinto beans have been reported as anywhere between 1,500 and 1,800 kilograms per hectare so far, with a range of 2,000-2,100 kg/ha on kidney and cranberry beans, according to Dennis Lange, farm production […]


Dow’s Enlist corn, soybeans face hurdles despite USDA approval — September 18, 2014

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Reuters — U.S. approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new genetically-modified corn and soybeans takes the agricultural giant a step closer to its “most important” product launch ever, but a series of hurdles remain, the company said Thursday. “We sure are aware of the concerns that have been expressed,” said Dow AgroSciences president Tim Hassinger in an […]


Buildings in the farm’s courtyard, date back to 1746 and are designated historical structures.

Farm in Germany makes the old world new

This man’s farm really is his castle, bristling with electronics and shrouded in subsidies and regulations

Many Canadian family farms proudly display a “century farm” plaque at their front gates, signifying at least 100 years of uninterrupted family ownership. But as impressive as that may be, 100 years hardly registers on the European scale. The Graf family of North Rhine-Westphalia, a province in northern Germany, can trace its ownership back to 1340. […]


Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU trade deal — September 18, 2014

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Brussels | Reuters – Russia has demanded changes to a free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, underlining that Moscow was not satisfied by a last-minute concession from the EU to delay implementing the pact at the heart of the conflict in Ukraine. In a letter to the EU trade commissioner, seen by Reuters […]