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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue kicked off day two of the 2020 Commodity Classic conference with a warning to farmers.

VIDEO: Commodity Classic – U.S. turns off farm aid tap

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue kicked off day two of the 2020 Commodity Classic conference with a warning to farmers. “Don’t make plans in 2020 for another market facilitation program,” he said. U.S. President Donald Trump authorized US$12 billion in farm aid in 2018 and another $16 billion in 2019. […] 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

Redekop’s Seed Control Unit attaches below choppers, taking up to 70 h.p. from a mechanical belt drive.  |  Redekop photo

VIDEO: Canadian cage mill teams up with JD

Customers can order the impact mill as an option on S-Series combines, and more brands will be added for 2021

A Canadian-built cage mill that attaches to combine choppers and destroys weed seeds during harvest is now on the market. Saskatoon-based Redekop held the public launch of its Seed Control Unit in the John Deere booth at Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany, last November. Redekop owner Trevor Thiessen said the company’s been developing its impact mill […] Read more


Curtis Rempel, a vice-president with the Canola Council of Canada, addresses attendees on the final day of the Canola Discovery Forum in Winnipeg. | Ed White photo

VIDEO: Canola Discovery Forum promotes engagement, dialog

The 2019 Canola Discovery Forum wraps up in Winnipeg today. The forum was introduced in 2013 as an annual meeting to facilitate collaboration between science and industry and has continued to build on this every year. Western Producer reporter Ed White had an opportunity to talk to Curtis Rempel with the Canola Council of Canada […] Read more

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, right, and Environment Minister Rochelle Squires announce funding for the first projects under the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds program.  |  Ed White photo

VIDEO: Man. funds first projects in conservation program

The Growing Outcomes in Watersheds program pays money toward ongoing environmental protection projects in agricultural areas

GLEN LEA, Man. — After so many years of hoping, conservation-minded farmers are on the cusp of seeing themselves being rewarded for being good stewards. While there have been many conservation projects and environmental programs that farmers have participated in, the roll-out of permanent funding for some farmer efforts is a joy for some to […] Read more


Many believe that the newly announced mill in Manitoba is a sign that the growing demand for the inherent qualities of oats will finally end up in tangible, farmgate demand.  |  File photo

VIDEO: New mill may bode well for future of oats on the Prairies

Farmers might not have been feeling it much, but the world wants their oats. And it’s going to want more and more in the future as “healthy” foods take over more of the consumer marketplace. That’s what’s behind a new oats mill announced for Winnipeg, some oat players say. “Putting a mill in the heart […] Read more


“We really believe we’re in a unique space where we’re partnering with producers in primary production, processing, distribution, and then ultimately to get products on the grocery shelves,” said Ron Healey, FCL’s vice-president of ag and consumer business.
 | Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Federated Co-op helps grow Sask. food centre

Pecks of prairie-grown pickles will soon roll off the production line at the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre in Saskatoon. It’s part of a $500,000 push by Federated Co-op to support the growing food manufacturing industry in the province. The initiative was announced Oct. 2, at the start of Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. “We really […] Read more