Cheerios to drop gluten-free label in Canada

Breakfast cereal maker General Mills has confirmed that it will voluntarily remove “gluten-free” labels from Cheerios products effective Jan. 1. The company announced the labels will be removed on all Cheerios products sold in Canada until Canadian regulators develop consistent testing protocols that provide reasonable assurance that all products containing gluten-free labels are in fact, […] Read more


Canadian National Railway costs up, profit down

Canadian National Railway re-leased third quarter financial results last week, reporting net in-come of $958 million on revenue of $3.22 billion. Net income was down from last year’s $972 million. CN president Luc Jobin said demand for CN services is growing, especially in key business segments such as frack sand, intermodal, coal and Canadian grain. […] Read more


Grain sector closely watching CN service network

Canada’s grain supply chain has managed to avoid any major service disruptions since the disastrous 2013-14 grain shipping season when system-wide congestion slowed export grain movements to a trickle. However, there are troubling signs that rail service in Western Canada may be losing traction, a scenario that has shippers and commodity groups nervous. “There are […] Read more



Rail transport bill goes to Senate

A federal bill aimed at improving Canada’s transportation systems and ensuring better rail service for shippers passed third reading in the House of Commons Nov. 1 and is off to the Senate. Observers say key components in the act are provisions that support the use of reciprocal financial penalties in service level agreements between shippers […] Read more


Transportation bill heads to the Senate

A federal bill aimed at improving Canada’s transportation systems and ensuring better rail service for shippers passed third reading in the House of Commons Wednesday and is off to the Senate. If passed, the Transportation Modernization Act will provide greater certainty for western Canadian grain shippers that depend on Canadian railway companies to transport grain […] Read more



CP train crews reject contract extension

Unionized train crews have rejected a one-year contract extension with Canadian Pacific Railway. Approximately 3,000 CP conductors and train engineers who are part of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) voted on the deal earlier this week. The rejection represents a setback to CP’s efforts aimed at mending strained relations with unionized railway employees. The […] Read more


Future of branch lines depend on volume

Canadian Pacific Railway says it will continue to review its Canadian rail network in an effort to improve safety and find operational efficiencies. However, CP officials declined to comment specifically on the future of western Canadian branch lines that are slated for discontinuance in the company’s three-year rail network plan. “As per the Canadian Transportation […] Read more


Precision ag evolving quickly

If you’re a Canadian grain grower in the 21st century and you’re not using precision agriculture tools to reach your full productive potential, then it might be time to reassess the way you’re doing things on the farm. That was the key message delivered by speakers and representatives from various agriculture technology companies who attended […] Read more



Climate Corp. targets agriculture

The company that revolutionized prairie agriculture with the introduction of RoundUp Ready technology has introduced another game-changing technology that it claims has the potential to change the way crops are grown in Western Canada. Climate Corp., a subsidiary of Monsanto, announced last week its official western Canadian launch of Climate FieldView, a new digital platform […] Read more


Digital agriculture: the next green revolution?

Data collection methods are still emerging but the transformation change in the industry is exciting, says farmer

The adoption of digital technology on the farm represents the next Green Revolution in agricultural production. That’s according to business leaders who attended the 2017 Farms.com Precision Agriculture Conference in Saskatoon Oct. 25. “We absolutely think the next green revolution in agriculture is going to be centred on data and data science,” said Denise Hockaday, […] Read more