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Food waste has become the poster child for inefficiency in agri-food. But how much are farmers contributing to the problem…or to the solution? That’s what a study led by Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International (VCMI) is trying to find out, in what they say is the world’s first comprehensive look at food loss... Read more »
Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan was launched in 2016 to foster conversations with people in Saskatchewan about food and farming. We recently had a chance to catch up with Clint Monchuk, Executive Director with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan (FFCS). Farm and Food Care had its origins in the Food and Animal Council (FAC). When... Read more »
Through the spring of 2018, we have talked about several common themes for the cattle markets that impact the fundamentals of this market. Even though Live Cattle futures finished up over $2 on Friday, the trade has been quite choppy, which gives traders little confidence that we are headed higher from here. Here is a... Read more »
In a week that featured multiple major commodity market stories, the oilseed complex faced several variables pushing soybeans and canola in opposite directions. In the nearby month (July), canola was up 0.48% while soybeans fell 6.58% to lead all agricultural commodities lower. On Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio, Shaun Haney and Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing... Read more »
Grain markets had a very rough week heading into the middle of June, surrounded by trade uncertainty and positive crop conditions. In fact, forget about crop conditions. Or rainfall. Or heat units. Whether or not the borders are open for business has become the only fundamental factor that really seems to matter to the direction... Read more »
It’s getting easier to say that the U.S. and China are engaged in an all-out trade war. It has definitely been a frosty end to the week as the U.S. confirmed on Friday that it plans to add roughly $50 billion in trade tariffs under Section 301 on certain Chinese goods effective July 6. The... Read more »
Sonny and Mary Perdue from Savannah, Georgia visited their Canadian friends Lawrence and Frances MacAulay at their farm in Midgell, Prince Edward Island on Friday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s visit with Agriculture Minister MacAulay in PEI was, as expected, a friendly affair, especially in the context of the recent narrative between President Trump and Prime... Read more »
New farm equipment sales in U.S. are higher than in 2017, while Canadian agricultural machinery sales are mixed relative to last year, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers‘ latest data. The Canadian numbers for May show slight year-to-date increases over 2017 for tractors. The below table shows total 2WD tractors are up 3.2% year-to-date... Read more »
The June 15 edition RealAg Radio, heading into the Father’s Day weekend, includes: Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada, discusses the confirmation of an isolated case of GM wheat in Alberta, and the impact on trade, with Japan halting imports of Canadian wheat Trish Jordan of Monsanto Canada shares the history of the Monsanto trait... Read more »
Quebec-based dairy processor Saputo has quietly announced a plan to build a $240 million dairy processing facility in Port-Coquitlam, British Columbia. Construction of the “state-of-the-art facility to be commissioned in fiscal 2021” was mentioned in the company’s fiscal 2018 annual report published last week. (Saputo’s 2018 fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.) The company says... Read more »
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