Business/Policy
July 17, 2018 – Canadian Clean Seed Capital Group Ltd. has signed an agreement to strategically acquire U.S. planting equipment manufacturer Harvest International. 
Published in Corporate News
Lawrence MacAulay, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of up to $6.3 million in funding to the Western Grains Foundation for a five-year Integrated Crop Agronomy cluster that will focus on agronomy research into multi-crop and integrated crop production.
Published in Corporate News
La Coop fédérée, an national agri-food cooperative headquartered in Montréal, has entered into a joint venture partnership with Maizex Seeds, a corn and soybean seed company based in Tilbury, Ont. 
Published in Corporate News
Canada’s ginseng industry receives a boost as Lawrence MacAulay, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced an investment of $360,521 to the Ontario Ginseng Growers' Association (OGGA) to help promote and pursue new markets.
Published in Other Crops
South Korea has resumed imports of Canadian wheat after testing and finding no evidence of genetically modified wheat in commercial shipments.
Published in Imports/Exports
The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) becomes the newest member of Cereals Canada, a national not-for-profit organization of partners from across the cereals value chain. 

Sask Wheat joins other members such as the Alberta Wheat Commission, B.C. Grain Producers Association, Grain Farmers of Ontario and Atlantic Grains Council. A full list of current members can be found on Cereals Canada's website

"Canadian agriculture is facing a rise in protectionism around the world. ‎Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission's membership in Cereals Canada makes the value chain stronger and better able to manage the head winds we face today," said Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada, in a statement.

“There are several key issues across the world that will be impacting wheat markets, from NAFTA, to CPTPP to the country of origin labelling requirements in Italy. We will combine our resources on these and other issues for Saskatchewan’s wheat farmers," said Laura Reiter, Sask Wheat chair, in a statement.
Published in Corporate News
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has entered into a partnership with the Do More Agriculture (DMA) Foundation to create a network of mental health first aiders who can identify and support producers coping with difficult or unfortunate circumstances.
Published in Corporate News
Unregulated genetically modified (GM) and herbicide-resistant wheat has been found growing near an isolated access road in southern Alberta, according to a statement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Published in Genetics/Traits

Alberta products stood out at the world's largest annual food trade show. Gulfood attracts about 100,000 visitors from all over the world and took place February 18 to 22, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Alberta’s delegation was comprised of a range of companies offering commodities like pulses, cereals and grains, to value-added products including honey, halal beef and lamb. | READ MORE

Published in Markets
WASHINGTON - The leaders of the U.S. National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) in a joint statement today urged Canadian and U.S. officials to preserve the strong, longstanding trade relationship between the two countries.
Published in Imports/Exports
The Manitoba government appointed nine members to the newly formed Manitoba Agriculture Research and Innovation Committee (MARIC), Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced on June 11, 2018. 
Published in Corporate News
Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The German company is now the sole owner of Monsanto Company and Monsanto shares will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Monsanto shareholders are being paid $128 U.S. dollars per share.

According to the conditional approval from the United States Department of Justice, the integration of Monsanto into Bayer can take place as soon as the divestments to BASF have been completed. This integration process is expected to commence in approximately two months.

The name Monsanto will soon cease to exist. All the acquired products will be moved under the Bayer portfolio but retain their brand names. Bayer Crop Science will also move its North American headquarters in North Carolina to Monsanto's facilities in St. Louis.

“Today’s closing represents an important milestone toward the vision of creating a leading agricultural company, supporting growers in their efforts to be more productive and sustainable for the benefit of our planet and consumers,” said Hugh Grant, outgoing chairman and CEO of Monsanto. “I am proud of the path we have paved as Monsanto and look forward to the combined company helping move modern agriculture forward.”

Liam Condon, member of the Bayer board of management, will lead the combined crop science division when the integration commences. Until that time, Monsanto will operate independently from Bayer.

Find more information at www.bayer.com and view Bayer's full media release
Published in Corporate News
With the launch of the new Ontario 4R Certification program, a toolkit has been created to help agri-retailers align their businesses with the principles of 4R Nutrient Stewardship – a Canadian-made program that encourages growers to use the right source of fertilizer at the right rate, right time and in the right place.
Published in Corporate News

David MacTaggart from the University of Saskatchewan has been selected the winner of the 2017-2018 Excellence Award for Ag Students competition. 

Farm Management Canada and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs collected submissions from agricultural students across Canada. Students were asked to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat, a blog or a Wiki, answering the question: "What aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should be addressed and amended in the current negotiations that will benefit Canada's agriculture sector?"

MacTaggart will receive a scholarship towards furthering his education in agriculture. You can view his video here

Published in Corporate News
Applications are now open to Manitoba farmers for many activities included under the Ag Action Manitoba program.
Published in Business & Policy
As of March 31, 2018, total stocks of wheat and barley were lower compared with the same date in 2017. Meanwhile, total stocks of canola, corn, soybeans, oats, dry peas and lentils were up. Many of the increases were a result of increased on-farm stocks.

Wheat
Total wheat stocks were at 16.4 million tonnes as of March 31, 2018, down 3.9 per cent from the same day a year earlier. This decrease was the result of lower stock levels being held on farms, down 1.3 per cent to 12.5 million tonnes, as well as an 11.3 per cent decrease in commercial stocks to 3.9 million tonnes. Farm stock levels in Saskatchewan decreased by 5.6 per cent to 5.7 million tonnes, while farm stocks in Alberta increased 4.9 per cent to 4.4 million tonnes.

Canola
As of March 31, total canola stocks were up 14.4 per cent from the same day a year earlier to 9.1 million tonnes. This increase resulted from a 18.2 per cent rise in on-farm stocks to 7.5 million tonnes. On-farm stocks in Saskatchewan were up 15.3 per cent to 3.8 million tonnes, while they increased 22.7 per cent in Alberta to 2.7 million tonnes. Commercial stocks, however, edged down 0.8 per cent to 1.6 million tonnes.

Corn for grain
Corn for grain stocks were up 4.3 per cent from the same date a year earlier to 8.7 million tonnes. Commercial stocks were down 25.5 per cent to 2.1 million tonnes, while farm stocks were up 19.1 per cent to 6.7 million tonnes. Farm stocks in Ontario increased 34.1 per cent to 3.7 million tonnes.

Soybeans
Soybean stocks increased 38.7 per cent to 2.6 million tonnes as of March 31, likely the result of record production of 7.7 million tonnes in 2017. On-farm stocks were up 58.1 per cent to 1.5 million tonnes. Manitoba was the main driver, as on-farm stocks in the province increased by 150 per cent to 700,000 tonnes. Meanwhile, commercial stocks increased by 18.3 per cent to 1.1 million tonnes.

Barley and oats
Total barley stocks decreased 25.5 per cent to 3.4 million tonnes as of March 31, after a 10.7 per cent production decline in 2017. Farm stocks decreased 28.3 per cent compared with the same day a year earlier to three million tonnes. However, commercial stock levels increased 12 per cent to 355,000 tonnes.

Total oat stocks increased 19.8 per cent to 2.1 million tonnes compared with March 31, 2017. Both on-farm stocks (+21.8 per cent) and commercial stocks (+4.9 per cent) contributed to the overall increase. These stock levels follow a 15.3 per cent rise in oat production in 2017 over 2016.

Dry peas and lentils
Total stocks for lentils increased 34.8 per cent from March 31, 2017, to 1.5 million tonnes, mainly driven by on-farm stock levels that rose 41.1 per cent to 1.4 million tonnes. Meanwhile, stocks of dry peas rose 12.7 per cent to 1.9 million tonnes. These increases continue a pattern seen for the commodities in the last stock report taken on December 31, 2017. The current stock increases as of March 31, 2018, could be attributable to a rise in import tariffs introduced by India. Exports of both dry peas and lentils on March 31, 2018, are down substantially from the same date last year, with dry pea exports declining 40.7 per cent to 1.8 million tonnes, and lentil exports down 49.6 per cent to one million tonnes.
Published in Markets
Bayer has partnered with The Do More Agriculture Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on raising awareness and promoting mental well-being for farmers inCanada. As part of the partnership, Bayer's Crop Science division has contributed$20,000to the Foundation to support its mission of providing support and resources to farmers seeking mental health assistance.
Published in Corporate News
The government of Saskatchewan and Fertilizer Canada have signed a three-year extension to their 2016 Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in support of 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place).
Published in Fertilizer
Ontario’s average farmland values gained steam in 2017, while the Canadian average increase held relatively steady, a sign of a strong and stable agriculture economy, according to J.P. Gervais, chief agricultural economist for Farm Credit Canada (FCC).
Published in Business & Policy
Every day farmers make difficult decisions. The farming business needs swift action, flexibility and the ability to adapt. Just think about what one big storm can do to a carefully planned growing season.
Published in Business & Policy
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