U.S. senators urge probe of report that oil companies blocked ethanol — July 9, 2014


Washington | Reuters – Two U.S. farm-state senators on Wednesday urged federal regulators to investigate allegations raised by a biofuel trade group that the oil industry uses “strong-arm tactics” to prevent widespread use of higher blends of ethanol in gasoline. A report from the Renewable Fuels Association this week said major oil companies have discouraged […]

Minogue: Feed option may put carinata in Prairie rotations — July 9, 2014


Carinata is poised to become a more economical crop option for Prairie farmers now that the crop’s meal has the federal seal of approval. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently approved carinata meal as feed for Canadian beef cattle. Carinata is agronomically similar to mustard and canola — and according to Steve Fabinjanski, CEO of […]

Producer car application system going online — July 4, 2014


Grain growers wanting to apply for producer cars will be able to do so online later this month. Starting Monday (July 7), farmers who administer their own producer cars, as well as producer car administrators and agents, can apply for an account in the Canadian Grain Commission’s new online producer car application system. On July […]

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Return of the czars

Will the Putin effect hurt global ag equipment manufacturing?

Samuel Allen was blunt. “Today’s world is filled with uncertainty — fiscal, economic, and political uncertainty — that breeds extreme caution, disrupts thoughtful planning, and is generally bad for business,” the John Deere chairman and CEO wrote in the company’s 2013 annual report. Those words from December of last year now seem profoundly prophetic, given […]

CASL Defenses, Part 1: Spam law to affect virtually every business in Canada — June 26, 2014


New anti-spam regulations that go into effect July 1 will do more than prevent spamming within Canada by Canadian businesses. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is a catch-all net that covers all forms of electronic messaging, from email and newsletters to social media and software downloads. Businesses that don’t comply face fines of up to $10 […]

BNSF, CP ordered to report U.S. grain shipping plans — June 24, 2014


Reuters — U.S. officials ordered BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to report by Friday their plans to clear a backlog of grain cars after months of service delays blamed on harsh winter weather and high freight demand. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board decision filed late last week also ordered that the two class […]

CWB makes bid for independent SW Sask. grain handler — June 24, 2014


Shareholders in southwestern Saskatchewan’s Great Sandhills Terminal are expected to meet this summer to consider a $17.4 million offer from the grain firm formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board. CWB on Monday announced an all-cash $581.98 per share offer for all shares in the independent firm, which operates an high-throughput inland grain terminal on […]

Prairie seed grower and inventor Harvey Gjesdal, 92 — June 23, 2014


Funeral services will be held Wednesday at Birch Hills, Sask. for farm equipment inventor, seed grower and long-time Grainews columnist Harvey Gjesdal. Gjesdal, who died Friday at Birch Hills at age 92, was prominent for decades among Prairie farmers, in part for patents on equipment still in widespread use today, including the Gjesdal “Five-in-One” rotary […]