How to collect royalties on farm-saved seed was a key issue for seed industry organizations gathered in Whistler, B.C., last week.
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Seed royalty delay

WHISTLER, B.C. — How to collect royalties on farm-saved seed was a key issue for seed industry organizations gathered in Whistler, B.C., last week. However, a final decision doesn’t seem likely any time soon as different groups continue to grapple over the best way to collect royalties on newer varieties of seed. As well, knowledge […] Read more

Grain merchandizing is one of the areas in which Delmar Commodities specializes.  |  File photo

Ceres eyes acquisition of Delmar Commodities

Delmar is a Manitoba firm specializing in seed sales, grain merchandizing, soybean crushing and birdfeed sales

A Minneapolis company with agricultural assets in the United States and Canada has announced plans to acquire Delmar Commodities, based at Winkler, Man. Ceres Global Ag Corp. said July 8 that it has secured an exclusive option to acquire Delmar Commodities, subject to due diligence work and the finalization of a definitive share purchase agreement. […] Read more

Officials with the two organizations confirmed late last month that they have reviewed the benefits of amalgamation and have signed a letter of intent to form a single entity.
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CIGI, Cereals Canada merger?

Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute have taken the first step toward amalgamation. Officials with the two organizations confirmed late last month that they have reviewed the benefits of amalgamation and have signed a letter of intent to form a single entity. If an amalgamation is approved, the new body would be governed […] Read more


The Canadian Transportation Agency is looking for feedback on railway interswitching rates, or more specifically, on how railway interswitching rates should be set in the future. | File photo

Ottawa seeks input on railway interswitching

The Canadian Transportation Agency wants to know how to determine rates and improve the current methodology

The Canadian Transportation Agency is looking for feedback on railway interswitching rates, or more specifically, on how railway interswitching rates should be set in the future. On June 20, the CTA began consultations on establishing regulated interswitching rates. It is the first step in implementing an updated rate-setting methodology that will be used annually to […] Read more

Co-ordination called key to barley council realignment

Barley Council of Canada, Cereals Canada, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute plan to work more closely together

Six years after it was established, the Barley Council of Canada is switching gears. The council announced last week that it will undergo a “strategic realignment” that will allow it to serve the Canadian barley industry more effectively. The realignment will result in a greater level of co-ordination between the BCC and other barley industry […] Read more


Pacific Elevator 3, which is more than 100 years old, hasn’t been used for almost nine years.  |  Google Earth photo

Demolition of west coast elevator gets underway

A contaminated grain terminal that once played an important role in the growth of the Canadian grain industry will soon disappear from the Vancouver waterfront. Pacific Elevator 3, a grain storage facility consisting of 42 concrete grain silos and other structures, will be removed from the south shore of Vancouver Harbour by early next year, […] Read more

Ceres, whose Canadian assets include a bulk grain-handling terminal and export facility at Northgate, Sask., said it hoped to complete the Delmar acquisition by Aug. 1. | Screencap via delmarcommodities.com

Ceres eyes acquisition of Delmar Commodities

A Minneapolis company with agricultural assets in the United States and Canada has announced plans to acquire Delmar Commodities, based at Winkler, Man. Ceres Global Ag Corp. said July 8 that it has secured an exclusive option to acquire Delmar Commodities, subject to due diligence work and the finalization of a definitive share purchase agreement. […] Read more

According to StatsCan’s Principal Field Crop Areas report released June 26, Canadian farmers planted an estimated 24.6 million acres of wheat in 2019, down 0.6 percent from 2018.
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Wheat acre drop surprises analysts

The results of Statistics Canada’s latest producer survey on 2019 field crop plantings are raising a few eyebrows, particularly the survey’s findings on seeded acreage of wheat. According to StatsCan’s Principal Field Crop Areas report released June 26, Canadian farmers planted an estimated 24.6 million acres of wheat in 2019, down 0.6 percent from 2018. […] Read more


Saskatchewan farmer Terry Youzwa and his son, Zak, have never shied away from public life. Zachary, a fourth generation farmer, is president of the local Kinsmen branch and serves as a councillor with the Rural Municipality of of Nipawin.  |  Brian Cross photo

Sask. farm welcomes back fourth generation

On the Farm: Terry Youzwa has sat on a variety of boards over the years and his son is following in his footsteps

Saskatchewan farmer Terry Youzwa has never been the type of person to sit on the sidelines and criticize. “If you’ve got something to contribute, stick up your hand and get involved,” says Youzwa, who grows cereals and oilseeds on a medium-sized farm near Nipawin, Sask. “There aren’t enough people willing to step up. We need […] Read more

Alternative seed funding plan in works

Farm groups in Western Canada have come up with an alternative plan aimed at generating additional revenue for plant-breeding programs and varietal development. Details of the plan are expected to be shared with seed companies, pedigreed seed growers, seed industry stakeholders and government officials July 9 in Whistler, B.C., at the joint annual meeting of […] Read more