WTO panel rules against U.S. in COOL fight: WSJ — August 23, 2014

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Reuters – A World Trade Organization panel has ruled against the U.S. in a trade dispute over meat labels with Canada and Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The newspaper, citing anonymous sources familiar with the findings, said on Thursday that the U.S. lost its case before a panel set up to determine […]


GRAINS: Nearby soy rallies on low old-crop supply; MGEX wheat jumps — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — Nearby U.S. soybean futures climbed to a one-week high on Friday as U.S. processors scrambled to find scarce old-crop supplies, with the start of the next harvest still at least a month away in the Midwest. MGEX spring wheat futures touched a two-week high amid concerns about excessive rains hurting crops in key […]


High-priced calves drop U.S. July cattle placements by 7 pct — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in July dropped 7.0 per cent from a year ago as pricey calves deterred some feedlots from purchasing them for fattening, a government report showed on Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed July placements at 1.560 million head, down 7.0 per cent from […]


LIVESTOCK: CME live cattle futures climb before USDA report — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Friday, supported by positioning before the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle-On-Feed report at 2 p.m. CDT (1900) GMT. Analysts expect the report to show fewer cattle entered feedlots in July as expensive calves discouraged some feedyards from buying them. On Friday, USDA will […]


How dry is it? It’s so dry that… — August 22, 2014

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Reuters – A drought has robbed the U.S. West of 63 trillion gallons (238 trillion litres) of water, and with all that weight off the land the ground in the region has risen by several millimetres, according to a study released on Thursday. The findings by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of […]


Belarus cancels import ban on live cattle from EU — August 22, 2014

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Minsk | Reuters — Belarus, aiming to boost food exports to neighbouring Russia, has cancelled a ban on live cattle from the European Union, Yuri Pivovarchuk, the head of veterinary surveillance at the Belarussian agriculture ministry, said. Minsk said the cancellation of the ban was not caused by its plans to increase exports to Russia, […]


Colorado voters to weigh in on GMO food labeling — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — Colorado voters in November will have their say on a proposition that would require labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). Proponents of GMO labeling initiatives, who say they have the right to know what is in their food, have been gaining steam in the U.S. Their wins have come despite […]


France forced to import wheat as rain hits crop quality — August 22, 2014

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Paris | Reuters — France’s rain-hit wheat crop has delivered the first shock of the 2014-15 season: the EU’s top grower and exporter is buying Lithuanian and British milling wheat to mix with its unusually poor-grade crop to meet contracts signed before the harvest. French exports exceed those of Britain and Lithuania on the world […]


Winnipeg gets drenched — August 22, 2014

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The City of  Winnipeg and some areas around Brandon got most of the rainfall on the Prairies on Thursday Aug, 21, but they would have been happy to share it — some WeatherFarm stations in Winnipeg showed almost 80 mm, most of which came from a violent thunderstorm which flooded roads and some buildings. To see […]


Big Rock Brewery founder Ed McNally, 89 — August 21, 2014

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The lawyer and farmer who founded Calgary’s Big Rock Brewery has died at age 89. Ed McNally, who founded what’s now Canada’s second largest Canadian-owned brewery in 1985, had retired as the company’s CEO in 2012, remaining its “chairman emeritus.” The cause of his death late Tuesday was not released. “Ed leaves behind a legacy […]