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U.S. live cattle futures sag with beef prices

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished lower on Monday on expectations that wholesale beef prices will soon set a seasonal high, traders and analysts said. They said prospects for weaker wholesale beef prices and more cattle available for sale dampened optimism for higher cash cattle prices. CME June and August live cattle drifted below […] Read more

Ritz sees up to $1B per year in COOL retaliation

Having wrapped up discussions on mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in Washington, D.C., Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Canada will consider retaliatory measures of up to $1 billion per year if the U.S. doesn’t comply with World Trade Organization requirements. Speaking Tuesday on a conference call with reporters, Ritz said he and U.S. Department of Agriculture […] Read more

New crop pesticide chemistry expands its reach

A relatively new insecticide chemistry group has yielded its first product able to be used against a “cross-spectrum” of chewing and sucking insects — and will be aimed against Colorado potato beetles, among others. DuPont Crop Protection announced Tuesday it has picked up registration from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency for the active ingredient […] Read more

N.S., N.L. plan fee hikes for farmers

An assortment of service fees the Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador governments charge to farmers are increasing. The Nova Scotia government on Thursday announced hikes of 5.8 per cent to many of its 1,400 fees across all government departments effective Monday (April 1), while the Newfoundland and Labrador government’s increases for farmers, announced Tuesday, […] Read more

Sask. sweetens terms for community pasture operation

The Saskatchewan government plans to offer an improved deal to rancher groups to take over operations of community pastures being offloaded from the federal government. The province — which received the former Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) pastures after the federal government announced in April 2012 it would remove itself from the community pasture business […] Read more