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Mary Robinson, president of CFA, told her membership near the end of February that farmers are being

Tipping point nears as rail blockades continue

Rail blockades are reaching a tipping point for farmers, according to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Mary Robinson, president of CFA, told her membership near the end of February that farmers are being “severely and harshly impacted by the random blockades.” “We have nothing to do with this dispute. The widespread collateral damage of these […] Read more

Avena Foods Ltd. announced today it would build at Rowatt, where its partner Best Cooking Pulses operates. | Screencap via avenafoods.com

Gluten-free oat processor planned in Sask.

Construction of a new facility to process gluten-free oats will begin this spring south of Regina. Avena Foods Ltd. announced today it would build at Rowatt, where its partner Best Cooking Pulses operates. Avena’s current mill in Regina will continue to operate as well. The Rowatt mill will open in 2021, more than doubling Avena’s […] Read more

CBOT Weekly: Coronavirus, other factors grip markets

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – As fears of a world-wide pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus increase, the markets have been taking a beating, including the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in Fort McHenry, Ill. “The perception is, it’s going to get worse, that trade is going to struggle,” Georgy commented, […] Read more


Arie Vandertweel, who farms near Ridgedale, Sask., about 250 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, began asking questions about the accuracy of commercial moisture testers a few weeks ago after he delivered a load of peas to an elevator in northeastern Saskatchewan.
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Questionable moisture tests may cost farmers big bucks

Are western Canadian grain growers losing money at the elevator because of inaccurate grain moisture test results? Saskatchewan grain farmer Arie Vandertweel thinks so, and he wants the Canadian Grain Commission to get to the bottom of it. Vandertweel, who farms near Ridgedale, Sask., about 250 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, began asking questions about the […] Read more

The impacts of numerous transportation issues, including blockades by protesters along a Canadian National Railway line, have been enormous to the national economy and the country’s reputation as a reliable exporter. | Twitter/@APTNNews photo

Blockade impact long term

Farmers and business leaders say it could take weeks or months for the agriculture industry to recover from a crippled rail network. They said the impacts of numerous transportation issues, including blockades by protesters along a Canadian National Railway line, have been enormous to the national economy and the country’s reputation as a reliable exporter. […] Read more


Right now, Marie-Claude Bibeau is leaving it to farmers and the agriculture industry to lay out their hopes, needs and concerns to her about reforming the Canadian Grain Commission and finding a way to pay cereal grain seed developers for their work.
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Bibeau listens as ag decisions loom

Canada’s federal agriculture minister is getting ready to deal with two thorny issues that show no signs of being easily resolved. Right now, Marie-Claude Bibeau is leaving it to farmers and the agriculture industry to lay out their hopes, needs and concerns to her about reforming the Canadian Grain Commission and finding a way to […] Read more

Prairie moisture bank in good shape for spring

There are some dry pockets, depending on the map that is used, but much of the region has adequate moisture levels


Western Canadian grain farmers are heading into spring with loads of potential stored in the ground beneath their feet, says an expert. “We went into the winter with a lot of moisture in the soil and there’s absolutely no concern at this point of the year about having moisture for spring,” said Trevor Hadwen, agroclimate […] Read more

Finance minister Travis Toews unveiled the Alberta 2020 budget on Feb. 27. Within it is a plan to attract investment to agriculture, though it also includes cuts. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta budget seeks investment in ag

The Alberta government hopes it can attract $1.4 billion in investment to the agriculture sector over the next for years as it aims to expand the provincial economy. Revealing more details in its budget today, the government said the aggressive target would support 2,000 new jobs in canola processing, the pork industry, plant protein, greenhouses, […] Read more


WP reporter Sean Pratt is in San Antonio, Texas, this week, home of the Alamo, covering the Commodity Classic. | Sean Pratt photo

VIDEO: Maximizing revenues major message at Commodity Classic

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Day one of the 2020 Commodity Classic conference kicked off with a market outlook calling for more of the same lacklustre grain and oilseed prices. Bryce Knorr, senior grain market analyst for Farm Futures magazine, said the outlook is fundamentally bearish. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting an average corn […] Read more

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. chief executive officer Shawn Jaques said the extra money is required to cover higher program use and wildlife damage claims. | File photo

Sask. hikes crop insurance funding

Cabinet has passed an order-in-council authorizing an additional $8.2 million in spending for the government’s share of Saskatchewan crop insurance premiums. The money is part of a larger special warrant for additional spending to March 31, 2020. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. chief executive officer Shawn Jaques said the extra money is required to cover higher […] Read more