Ag Notes

Feds fund food security

Ottawa has announced $100 million for the Emergency Food Security Fund to support food banks and local food organizations coping with higher demand and fewer resources.

The new funding will be divided between Food Banks Canada, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, Breakfast Club of Canada, Salvation Army, and La Tablée des Chefs, which in turn will distribute it to thousands of local food banks across Canada.

Local organizations will use the funding to buy and distribute food and other basic necessities to meet the emergency needs of the most vulnerable people.

They may also hire temporary help to cope with volunteer shortages and adapt operations to help keep workers, volunteers and recipients safe.

The new funding is in addition to the $200 million allocated to these organizations during the past year.

JBS helps cover staff tuition

JBS Brooks announced a partnership with Medicine Hat College to provide free tuition to qualifying team members and their dependents.

The program, JBS Better Futures, removes a major financial barrier to college attendance and stands to become the largest free community college tuition program supporting rural communities in North America.

Many first generation people are expected to use the program.

The first class of students will be eligible for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

The program is part of the company’s Hometown Strong initiative, designed to strengthen the communities where JBS Canada team members live and work.

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Input company acquisition approved

The Gowan Company in Yuma, Arizona, is finalizing the purchase of Isagro S.P.A., an Italy-based, privately owned agrochemicals company controlled by Gowan.

Gowan specializes in marketing and manufacturing global agriculture inputs such as crop protection products, seeds, and fertilizers.

The purchase expands Gowan’s commercial opportunities, deepens scientific capability and introduces chemical synthesis.

The acquisition also gives the company a basic position in several active substances, including copper hydroxide/oxychloride, tetraconazole, and kiralaxyl.

Richardson buys lubricant company

Richardson International Ltd. has purchased Control Chemical Corp., a specialized manufacturer of environmentally safe drilling fluids and vegetable oil-based lubricants.

Prior to the acquisition, Richardson was a minority shareholder in the company and has supplied raw ingredients to it for more than 30 years.

Based in Calgary, Control Chemical manufactures drilling fluids, some of which are proprietary and marketed under the Matex brand name.

The company has a network of distribution partners in North America, South America, Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia, Mongolia, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Russia.

Richardson’s oilseed crush plant in Lethbridge will continue to supply crude canola oil stock for Control Chemical products.

With a plant oil composition capable of withstanding high temperatures, canola oil-based lubricants are environmentally safe and recognized for extending tool lifespan, optimizing production processes and improving drilling core recovery and pathway stabilization.


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