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The lack of reports coming from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the partial U.S. government shutdown is taking its toll on the Chicago Board of Trade, said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in McHenry, Ill. | Screencap via usda.gov

No USDA reports taking its toll on markets

WINNIPEG – The lack of reports coming from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the partial U.S. government shutdown is taking its toll on the Chicago Board of Trade, said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in McHenry, Ill. The partial shutdown of the U.S. government, as of Jan. 16, is in […] Read more

With the mild winter Western Canada has been experiencing, feed grain buyers expect prices should stay quiet for the next while. | File photo

Prairie feed grain prices stable during mild winter

WINNIPEG – With the mild winter Western Canada has been experiencing, feed grain buyers expect prices should stay quiet for the next while. “I would say the buyers have adequate coverage for Jan., Feb., even a bit of March. And I would say we maybe have seen the (barley) price soften up a bit,” said […] Read more

Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agriculture Canada will spend more than $12 million to support 44 crop-related research projects, government officials announced yesterday in Saskatoon. | Brian Cross photo

VIDEO: More ag research funding announced in Sask.

Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agriculture Canada will spend more than $12 million to support 44 crop-related research projects, government officials announced yesterday in Saskatoon. The money will be distributed through an existing provincial program — the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) — and a newly formed federal-provincial program — the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI). Both programs are […] Read more


The first project under this program will be to confirm water sulfate consumption guidelines for beef cattle. | File photo

Livestock, forage research funding announced in Sask.

Saskatchewan and Ottawa have announced $5.5 million to fund 34 livestock and forage research projects. Provincial Agriculture Minister David Marit announced the funding at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference Jan. 17. The funding is available through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund and the Strategic Field Program. The SFP is designed to demonstrate and evaluate targeted practices […] Read more

Tim Burrack farms in Northeast Iowa and is Vice-Chairman of the Global Farmer Network. | Robin Booker photo

Video: Cover crops mitigate climate change effects

Tim Burrack discusses why after farming for 40 years he decided to start growing cover crops, and some of the challenged he faced to bring in this new production method.   You can find all our coverage of Crop Production week 2019 here.  


Tom Schwarz, right, talks to Kevin Hursh about a farmer's right to repair their farm equipment, which Schwarz said is become an increasingly important issue. | Robin Booker photo

Video: The right to repair

Tom Schwarz discusses options farmers have to promote their right to repair their own farm equipment.   You can find all our coverage of Crop Production week 2019 here.

Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, advises growers to sell the balance of their old crop wheat at prices of $7.25 per bushel or better but don’t wait too long. | File photo

VIDEO: Wheat outlook promising – Boersch

Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, advises growers to sell the balance of their old crop wheat at prices of $7.25 per bushel or better but don’t wait too long. You can find all our coverage of Crop Production week 2019 here.



Jonathan Tepper, author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition, frequently cites agriculture in his discussion of modern threats to competition and consumer welfare.  |  Ed White photo

Is corporate consolidation condemning farmers to crippling servitude?

Agriculture has undergone an incredible consolidation of the companies that farmers rely upon. The global chemical/seed industry has collapsed into four giants; most meat industries are ruled by two or three packers, who often also play in the genetics, feed, production and management fields; Western Canada is utterly dependant upon two railways; two giant regional […] Read more

Viterra's Kenric Exner says Alberta cattle feeders are using more U.S. corn in feedlot rations when the economics of using corn rather than barley makes sense. | File photo

VIDEO: U.S. corn use becoming more common in Alta. feedlots

Viterra’s Kenric Exner says Alberta cattle feeders are using more U.S. corn in feedlot rations when the economics of using corn rather than barley makes sense.    Exner said U.S. corn is being moved by rail to southern Alberta elevator locations where it is unloaded and trucked to feedlots. You can find all our coverage […] Read more