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A shareholder plan for farm employees

With family and non-family ownership, Marie-Claude Mainville’s management of this Quebec farm may become a new Canadian pattern

Back in 1979, friends Jan Van Gennip and Orance Mainville decided to join forces to get into the feedlot business. Van Gennip had the farm, Mainville brought his knowledge of cattle and business, and together they formed Fermes Janor. Since then, Mainville (now semi-retired) has been joined by his daughter Marie-Claude, and many partners have […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hogs turn up on short-covering, bargain buying

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs finished higher on Friday after short covering and bargain buying pared some of the market’s recent losses tied to fears about NAFTA negotiations, said traders. On Wednesday, Mexico said it would withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, following Canadian government worries that the U.S. […] Read more

Close up view of the working bees on honeycells.

Honeybees’ attraction to fungicide ‘unsettling’

London | Thomson Reuters Foundation — Honeybees are attracted to a fungicide used in agriculture with “unsettling implications” for global food production, a U.S. scientist said on Tuesday. Tests carried out by a team from the University of Illinois showed bees preferred to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone. […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle mount late-session rally

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle closed moderately higher on Tuesday, following late-day short-covering and bargain hunting after three sessions of losses, said traders. Futures initially drew more support from their lower price compared to last week’s slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle returns. Market advances were limited by funds in CME’s livestock markets […] Read more