Import tax threatens Black Sea shipments to India

While the 20 percent wheat tariff is hurting Ukraine, the 50 percent tax on peas is sending Russian pulse prices plummeting

KIEV/MUMBAI/MOSCOW (Reuters) — India’s decision to raise its wheat and pea import tax will reduce the flow of wheat shipments from main Black Sea producers Ukraine and Russia and has already hit the Russian market for peas, traders and analysts said. India has doubled its import tax on wheat to 20 percent as the world’s […] Read more

Ottawa launches lawsuit over Hudson Bay rail service

The dispute between the rail company operating on the Hudson Bay line and the federal government is growing amid court claims and threats of international trade complaints. On Nov. 14 the federal government announced it was suing OmniTrax, the owner of the railway and the Hudson Bay port, for $18 million because the company failed […] Read more

Unhappiness with canola council prompts calls for restructuring

The Canola Council of Canada, one of the largest agricultural industry associations in the country, is under pressure to adjust its priorities and get costs under control. Some are even calling for it to merge with other oilseed organizations. Ag industry leaders have told The Western Producer that oilseed crushers and grain elevator companies have […] Read more

Answers sought at hearings on tax changes

Hitting the pause button is the best action to take on proposed changes to the small business tax, say agriculture representatives and farm accountants. “The July 18 proposals are flawed in many ways and we do not think that they can be fixed with just a few tweaks,” Tanya Knight of the accounting firm MNP […] Read more

Environmental programs must help farmers as well as consumers

OTTAWA — Farmers recognize the public wants proof of environmental sustainability, but they say meeting those demands shouldn’t pose a burden for farmers. Delegates to the second summit on developing a national environmental farm plan heard that a national standard can’t result in onerous paperwork or extra costs. Several speakers said a national EFP must […] Read more

Barn fire highlights need for inspections

A devastating hog barn fire spurred the birth of the Manitoba Farm Safety project, and a recent one has reminded everybody about why livestock barns need better monitoring. That’s what the Manitoba Pork Council and Manitoba’s farm safety program have been telling producers recently. “There’s a need to be proactive rather than reactive,” Keith Castonguay, […] Read more

Sask. to match industry donations

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said the government continues to look at ways to help ranchers devastated by wildfires but in the meantime will match cash donations to an industry-led fund. Last week, the province said it would match cash contributions to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association’s wildfire relief fund up to $100,000. “I’ve sort of […] Read more

Feds’ legal pot deadline worries municipalities

Concerns about bylaws and legalities were raised at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties convention

Alberta’s rural municipalities are grappling with how to deal with cannabis in their communities once it becomes legal, as many of their questions remain unanswered. Rural municipality councillors, reeves and mayors raised the issue with provincial officials Nov. 15 during an info session held at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties annual convention. […] Read more

Nuisance dispute appointments cause alarm

Ag minister reassures as Alberta Federation of Agriculture worries that non-farmers might be appointed to dispute hearings

Alberta’s agriculture ministry is moving to ease worries that non-farmers might be appointed to hear agricultural nuisance disputes. The provincial government proposed new legislation Oct. 31 to dissolve the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) practice review committee and 13 other agencies. Official changes are currently being debated in the legislature. The AOPA committee used to […] Read more

Bunge Ltd. restructures

(Reuters) — Bunge Ltd. is reshuffling its structure from five operating units to three regions — North America, South America, and Europe and Asia. The move is part of a restructuring plan that aims to cut overhead costs by $250 million by the end of 2019. Bunge also ended a deal for a controlling stake […] Read more