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The pulse market has been largely quiet for the last couple of months, according to Adam Krieser of CanPulse Foods in Saskatoon, Sask. | File photo

Pulse outlook weekly: Little excitement in pulse market

WINNIPEG – The pulse market has been largely quiet for the last couple of months, according to Adam Krieser of CanPulse Foods in Saskatoon, Sask. Although rail shipments had been curtailed due to cold weather, a number of issues and a tragic accident. On Feb. 4 three Canadian Pacific crew members were killed when their […] Read more

The province said in an announcement today it's partnering with Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to likely move the bulk of oil to the United States, though official routes have not been finalized and some product could go to the East or West Coasts. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alta. $3.7 billion rail car deal spurs grain delay debate

UPDATED – February 20, 2019 – 1345 CST – Debate is again surging over whether more oil by rail will affect grain movement, given the Alberta government plans on spending $3.7 billion to increase capacity by this summer. Some farm leaders worry the plan could cause logjams, while others, including the province, believe there won’t […] Read more

Lightweight cattle continue to do quite well at Manitoba cattle auctions, according to two people heavily involved with the cattle industry. | File photo

Weekly Manitoba Cattle Report: Good market for lightweights

WINNIPEG – Lightweight cattle continue to do quite well at Manitoba cattle auctions, according to two people heavily involved with the cattle industry. “Lightweights were up quite a bit. Anything that’s under 600 pounds, going to the grass, certainly has a strong market,” said Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Market. At Grunthal’s Feb. 12 […] Read more


Canadian National Railway announced Feb. 14 that it has reached an agreement with the government of Canada and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to

CN announces port infrastructure project at Vancouver

Canada’s largest railway company will twin a four-kilometre section of track at the Port of Vancouver, a move that will address rail congestion issues, reduce container dwell times and improve the flow of freight traffic at Canada’s largest marine port. Canadian National Railway announced Feb. 14 that it has reached an agreement with the government […] Read more

The United States and Canada are challenging India's market price support for five pulses at the World Trade Organization. | Screencap via Twitter/@USTradeRep

Canada, U.S. challenge India’s pulse supports at WTO

The United States and Canada are challenging India’s market price support for five pulses at the World Trade Organization. The two countries submitted a counter notification to the WTO’s Committee on Agriculture stating that India’s price support for a variety of pulses is excessive. The U.S. submitted the notification, which was co-sponsored by Canada. “Based […] Read more


The EU will likely buy 800,000 tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018-19, up from its previous five-year average of about 600,000 tonnes, said Chad Molesky, merchandising manager for Viterra’s oilseeds division.
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Europe emerges as big canola market

The European Union could be a sizable market again in 2019-20 for certified Canadian canola, says a grain trader. The EU will likely buy 800,000 tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018-19, up from its previous five-year average of about 600,000 tonnes, said Chad Molesky, merchandising manager for Viterra’s oilseeds division. Canada’s extra business this year […] Read more

Oh, snap

The Polar Vortex pays a visit The polar vortex is an area of cold air with low amospheric pressure in the Arctic. It exists year-round, its winds swirling counterclockwise and inward towards the North Pole. The polar vortex is constrained by the polar jet stream, a narrow, fast-flowing current of air in our upper atmosphere […] Read more

Prairie grain trains are expected to increase in length and weight as railway companies seek to increase operational efficiencies and move more cargo with fewer trains.  |  File photo

Brake failure possible in deadly derailment

Cold temperatures, snow-covered tracks and avalanches can cause winter shipping problems for the rail system

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board released some details last week stemming from the deadly derailment of a westbound Canadian Pacific freight train in a mountainous area near Field, B.C. On Feb. 4, Canadian Pacific Railway train 301 — a 112-car, three-locomotive grain train destined for Vancouver — derailed at Mile 130.6 of the Laggan subdivision, killing […] Read more


In a letter dated Feb. 6, a bevy of humane societies from Montreal to Vancouver, along with animal welfare and animal rights groups including Mercy for Animals, Toronto Pig Save, Animal Alliance of Canada and the Save Movement, asked MacAulay to release updates to the Health of Animals Regulations — Humane Transportation, which has been in the works for years.
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Feds pressed on new animal transportation regulations

Thirty signatories in a letter to federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay have asked for immediate release of new rules governing livestock transport. In a letter dated Feb. 6, a bevy of humane societies from Montreal to Vancouver, along with animal welfare and animal rights groups including Mercy for Animals, Toronto Pig Save, Animal Alliance of […] Read more

A number of farmers at Keystone Agricultural Producers annual meeting expressed concern that some proposed training rules could stop some farmers from being able to obtain Class 1 licences.
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Manitoba farmers concerned about new trucking regulations

Manitoba farmers are voicing the same concerns about trucker training regulations as heard recently from farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan. A number of farmers at Keystone Agricultural Producers annual meeting expressed concern that some proposed training rules could stop some farmers from being able to obtain Class 1 licences. “I think it’s very unfair to […] Read more