Ben Voss, new president and chief executive officer of Morris Industries, is financially backed by Avrio Capital and Lamont Brown Group, both of Calgary.  |  William DeKay photo

New Morris ownership focuses on western Canadian roots

Morris Industries Ltd. has a new chief executive officer and a new majority shareholder. The Saskatoon-based farm implement manufacturer announced Sept. 5 that Ben Voss will take over as the company’s top executive, replacing former CEO and majority shareholder Casey Davis. Voss and Davis made a joint decision to transition majority ownership to a group […] Read more

ChemChina is the largest chemical corporation in China. The state-owned firm generated $45 billion of sales in 2015 and ranks 265th on the Fortune 500. | Screencap from chemchina.com.cn/en/index.htm

ChemChina buys Syngenta

Growers should be happy that ChemChina is acquiring Syngenta instead of Monsanto, says Syngenta’s chief operating officer. “What is particularly pleasing about this particular outcome from my point of view is that it helps to preserve choice for growers at a time when in our industry we’re seeing a lot of consolidation,” Davor Pisk told […] Read more

ChemChina is the largest chemical corporation in China. The state-owned firm generated $45 billion of sales in 2015 and ranks 265th on the Fortune 500. | Screencap from chemchina.com.cn/en/index.htm

ChemChina to buy Syngenta

Growers should be happy that ChemChina is acquiring Syngenta instead of Monsanto, says Syngenta’s chief operating officer. “What is particularly pleasing about this particular outcome, from my point of view, is that it helps to preserve choice for growers at a time when in our industry we’re seeing a lot of consolidation,” Davor Pisk told […] Read more


Masterfeeds, Canada’s largest livestock feed company has been purchased by Alltech, an American company specializing in feed ingredients.  |  William DeKay photo

Alltech set to be mega feed firm

The path of Canadian livestock feed company Masterfeeds is a long and winding one, and last week it appears to have merged into a super highway. Alltech, an American animal feed nutrition company that does business in 128 countries, announced a share purchase agreement with Masterfeeds Nov. 10. Financial terms of the deal were not […] Read more

Rob Saik won't divulge how much Trimble paid to acquire Agri-Trend, but it's a safe bet he walked away with more than he had when he founded the company in 1997. | File photo

Agri-Trend founder Saik excited about Trimble sale

Rob Saik won’t divulge how much Trimble paid to acquire Agri-Trend, but it’s a safe bet he walked away with more than he had when he founded the company in 1997. “With a Chevette and a soil probe and a $35,000 credit card from the Royal Bank I started Agri-Trend. I had nothing,” he said. […] Read more


Viterra president Kyle Jeworski says acquiring Eastern Canada’s largest oilseed crushing plant, shown above, will help extend Viterra’s presence in that region.   |  Twin Rivers website photo

Viterra to buy crushing plant

Canada’s largest grain company has finally become a major player in the oilseed processing business. Viterra has an­nounced it will buy the largest oilseed crush facility in Eastern Canada for $190 million. The facility in Becancour, Que., is owned by a Malaysian company, Twin Rivers Technologies Holdings Entreprises De Transformaiton De Graines Oleagineuses Du Quebec […] Read more