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Steve Dooremalen

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AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 15

 

FARMLAND VALUES RISING (APR 15) - FARMLAND VALUES ARE GOING UP ACROSS THE BOARD IN CANADA. 2013 STATISTICS FROM FARM CREDIT COPORATION SAY FARM LAND VALUES ROSE 22 PER CENT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. VALUES ROSE THE MOST IN SASKATCHEWAN, WITH A RISE OF 29 PER CENT. MANITOBA AND QUEBEC ROUND OUT THE TOP 3 WHILE ALBERTA ALSO SAW A GROWTH.

 

 

EXPO LOOMING IN CAROLINE (APR 15) - COWS, CREEKS AND COMMUNITIES IS HAPPENING AT THE KURT BROWNING COMPLEX IN CAROLINE ON THURSDAY APRIL 24TH. GARY LEWIS FROM CLEARATER COUNTY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE EVENT.
 

 

THE DEADLINE TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE EVENING PROGARM IS ON THURSDAY AND THEY MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE
YOU CAN GET THEM AT THE TOWN OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, THE KURT BROWNING ARENA IN CAROLINE OR THE SPURCE VIEW CO-OP.
 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 14, 2014

 

FOOD GRAINS AUCTION NEARING (APR 14) - THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CANADIAN FOOD GRAINS BANK IS HOSTING THEIR 13TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING AUCTION NEXT WEEK. VOLUNTEER LARRY HENDERSON SAYS IT WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN PONOKA ON TUESDAY APRIL 22ND

IN PAST YEARS HE SAYS AROUND 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN RAISED AND THE FOOD GRAINS BANK IS HOPING FOR SIMILAR RESULTS THIS YEAR. THE CENTRAL ALBERTA GROUP IS USING 176 ACRES OF LAND SOUTHEAST OF LACOMBE FOR THEIR CHARITABLE HARVEST THIS YEAR AS WELL.

RITZ VISITS ASIA (APR 14) - The federal agriculture minister is on a trade mission in South Korea this week following up on the conclusion of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations. 30 Canadian agriculture associations and companies are part of the delegation, representing the beef, pork, grains, pulses, horticulture and processed food sectors. Following the visit to Korea, Gerry Ritz and some industry representatives will also be stopping in Japan to discuss trade opportunities.

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 10 2014

 

USDA REPORT (APR 10) - THE USDA HAS BOOSTED IT’S EXPECTED GLOBAL WHEAT ENDING STOCKS FOR 2013-14. THIS WEEK’S WORLD AGRICULTURAL SUPPLY AND DEMAND ESTIMATES REPORT ALSO CUT IT’S EXPECTED GLOBAL CORN AND SOYBEAN ENDING STOCKS. THE USDA SAYS WHEAT STOCKS WILL BE 2 POINT 9 MILLION TONS HIGHER.
THE BIGGEST INCREASES ARE EXPECTED IN UKRAINE, THE U-S, THE EUROPEAN UNION, AUSTRALIA AND CHINA. GLOBAL OILSEED STOCKS ARE PROJECTED TO BE DOWN 1 POINT 4 MILLION TONS. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

PIG CODE OF PRACTICE (APR 10) -
ONTARIO PORK CHAIR AMY CRONIN SAYS PEOPLE WITH DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT VIEWS WERE INVOLVED IN THE CREATION OF THE NEW CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE HANDLING OF PIGS. SHE SAYS WHEN THAT HAPPENS IT’S NOT UNUSUAL THAT NOT ALL PARTIES ARE 100 PER CENT HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS.
IN THIS CASE, CRONIN SAYS MANY HOG PRODUCERS AREN’T HAPPY WITH THE PUSH TOWARDS MORE GROUP HOUSING AND AWAY FROM SOW GESTATION STALLS. BUT SHE SEES THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE INDUSTRY TO MOVE FORWARD – SWITCHING OVER TO THE NEW STYLE OF HOUSING AS NEW FACILITIES ARE BUILT. CRONIN SAYS A RESOLUTION PASSED AT THIS YEAR’S ONTARIO PORK ANNUAL MEETING WAS DESIGNED TO MAKE IT CLEAR THE PROVINCE’S HOG PRODUCERS ARE DOING A GOOD JOB ON THEIR FARMS AND CARE ABOUT THEIR ANIMALS, 24-7.  (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 9 2014

 

HAYING DITCHES (APR 9) - DURING THE COUNTY OF STETTLER'S LAST PUBLIC MEETING THE COUNCIL HEARD AN ITEM CONCERNING CHANGES TO BRUSHING REQUESTS ON ROAD ALLOWANCES.  RATEPAYERS HAVE EXPRESSED A WISH TO PLANT CROPS UP TO THE ROAD ALLOWANCES TO INCREASE THEIR YIELDS.  HOWEVER QUINTON BEAUMONT WITH THE COUNTY'S AG SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SAYS HE DOES NOT WANT TO SEE THIS TYPE OF REQUEST PASS AS THIS WOULD CREATE PEST ISSUES.
HE SAYS IF THEY ALLOWED FARMERS TO HAY THEIR DITCHES THEN THEY WOULD HAVE NO BUFFER ZONES FROM THE NOXIOUS WEEDS THEY HAVE HAD ISSUE WITH IN RECENT YEARS.  THE TABLE TOOK THIS UNDER CONSIDERATION AND VOTED AGAINST THE MOTION TO ALLOW HAYING OF DITCHES IN THE COUNTY OF STETTLER

CANVAS AUCTION (APR 9) - THE 2014 WPCA PRO CHUCKWAGON CANVAS SALES AUCTION WAS COMPLETED LAST NIGHT IN CALGARY.
AVERTIING SPACE ON THE TARPS OF 36 OF THE BEST CHUCKWAGON DRIVERS IN THE WORLD WERE UP FOR AUCTON.
OVERALL, 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS WAS SOLD WITH REIGNING CALGARY STAMPEDE CHAMPION JASON GLASS'S WAGON SPACE SOLD FOR 111 THOUSAND DOLLARS, THE MOST OF EVERYONE.
ONE MORE AUCTION WILL BE HOSTED FOR THE PONOKA STAMPEDE ON FRIDAY MAY 2ND.

FCC ECONOMIST (APR 9) - A FARM CREDIT CANADA ECONOMIST EXPECTS IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME BEFORE WE SEEN ANY NOTICEABLE EXPANSION IN THE HOG AND CATTLE SECTORS. J-P GERVAIS SAYS LOW INTEREST RATES AND A DEPRESSED LOONIE WOULD GENERALLY IMPLY A FAVOURABLE OUTLOOK FOR EXPANSION, ESPECIALLY WITH SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN BOTH SUPPLY AND DEMAND FUNDAMENTALS PUSHING HOG AND CATTLE PRICES TO RECORD LEVELS. BUT GERVAIS SAYS HOG AND CATTLE MARGINS ARE EXPECTED TO TIGHTEN LATER THIS YEAR.
HE ALSO FEELS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING AND THE PRICE VOLATILITY OF THE GRAIN MARKETS CONTINUE TO BE LOOMING RISKS FOR CANADIAN LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS.

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 8

 

FOOD GRAINS FINDS A FIELD (APR 8) - IN EARLY MARCH, THE CENTRAL ALBERTA FOOD GRAINS BANK BEGAN A SEARCH FOR SOME DONATED FARM LAND TO USE FOR THIS YEAR'S CHARITABLE HARVEST. THIS WEEK, FOOD GRAINS BANK VOLUNTEER DOUG MAAS PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THEIR SEARCH, AND HE HAD SOME VERY GOOD NEWS.

 


TAIT UPSET WITH CLOSURE (APR 8) - THE CLOSING OF THE CEREAL RESEARCH CENTRE IS NOT SITTING WELL WITH A NATIONAL FARMERS UNION BOARD MEMBER. GLENN TAIT SAYS A LARGE PORTION OF CANADA'S CEREAL CROP VARIETIES COME FROM PUBLICLY FUNDED PLANT BREEDING AT CRC AND THAT THE DECISION BY THE HARPER GOVERNMENT IS DESTROYING PUBLIC AGRICULTURE INSTITUTIONS. TAIT SAYS ABOUT HALF OF WHEAT AND OAT ACREAGE IN CANADA IS DEVOLVED AT CRC WITH A FARM GATE VALUE NEAR 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS.

 


PED STILL A MYSTERY (APR 8) - A DEADLY PIG VIRUS DISCOVERED IN MANITOBA IS BEING CONSIDERED A MYSTERY BY INVESTIGATORS. PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA HAS BEEN TESTED AT 60 FARM SITE LINKED TO THE AFFECTED FARM ALL TESTED NEGATIVE FOR THE DEADLY VIRUS. THE PROVINCE IS ALSO RULING OUT INFECTED FEED AND ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION AS THE CAUSE. IN ANOTHER LEAD, OFFICIALS SAY A SECOND SAMPLE OF THE VIRUS WAS DISCOVERED AT AN UNNAMED FACILITY. THE VIRUS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED ON 46 FARMS IN EASTERN CANADA.

 

 

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 7

 

INVESITAGING RODEO DEATH (APR 7) - Investigators say the death of a 16 year old boy at a junior rodeo training event southwest of Edmonton appears to have been a freak accident. Police say they were called to the Thorsby Haymaker Centre on Saturday afternoon after the boy was thrown while practising for the saddle bronc event. RCMP Cpl. Corey Kyle says it appears the boy was bucked off the horse and was kicked after landing. The training event continued on Sunday, and the remaining students are planning a memorial decal to honour the teen.

SLOW START TO SEEDING (APR 7) - Seeding in Western Canada will likely get off to a later start than normal again this year, says the weather and crop specialist with CWB. Bruce Burnett says farmers will probably start up a week to ten days later than normal. He also says the markets have started to account for the prospect of delayed planting. With warmer temperatures this week, he says it's too early to stress about a late start.

PED A PROBLEM FOR MEAT PACKERS (APR 7) - Ontario Pork Chair Amy Cronin believes PED is a contributing factor the financial problems of Quality Meat Packers. Quality and Toronto Abattoirs Limited have filed for creditor protection. Cronin says Quality handles about 25 per cent of the province s hogs.
Cronin says PED is probably a contributing factor in the problems Quality Meat Packers is facing. Both Ontario Pork and Quality Meat officials emphasize that creditor protection is not the same as bankruptcy. They also point out that Great Lakes Speciality Meats in Mitchell is not included in this filing. Cronin says the move poses a challenge for the pork industry, figuring it s going to take some time for producers to understand how it impacts them and the overall pork sector.

LAWSUIT REHEARD (APR 7) - A US appeals court says it will rehear a case that denied a request for an injunction against country of origin meat labelling rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says it is vacating its ruling from March 28th and it will hear the case again on May 19th in front of all of the court's judges. The injunction is being sought by groups such as the American Meat Institute and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, which have launched a lawsuit against the U-S Department of Agriculture. The groups argue the rules go beyond what lawmakers intended and violate First Amendment rights to freedom of speech

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 4 2014

 

TPP (APR 4) - THE U-S GOVERNMENT SAYS IT'S BEEN PRESSING CANADA TO OFFER AGRICULTURAL CONCESSIONS IN TRADE TALKS, WITHOUT MUCH SUCCESS SO FAR. THE ADMINISTRATION'S TRADE REPRESENTATIVE PROVIDED AN UPDATE THURSDAY ON NEGOTIATIONS TOWARD A HISTORIC, 12-COUNTRY TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE DEAL. MICHAEL FROMAN TOLD A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL THAT CANADA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE PARTNERSHIP THAT HAS NOT YET GIVEN THE U-S A MARKET-ACCESS OFFER ON AGRICULTURAL ISSUES LIKE DAIRY AND POULTRY. CANADA HAS ALREADY PROMISED TO RELAX SOME OF THE IMPORT LIMITS ON EUROPEAN CHEESE IN ITS RECENTLY CONCLUDED TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE EU, AND THE AMERICANS APPEAR TO EXPECT SIMILAR CONCESSIONS.

GRAIN BACKLOG (APR 4) - MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, GRAIN FARMERS, AND RAIL EXECUTIVES CONTINUE TO BUTT HEADS ABOUT THE GRAIN CRISIS IN CANADA. THE MATTER WAS DISCUSSED THIS PAST TUESDAY WITH THE COMMONS AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. MATT SAWYER OF THE ALBERTA BARLEY COMMISSION MADE A PRESENTATION. 
 
A MASSIVE HARVEST, COMBINED WITH FREEZING WEATHER AND RAIL SERVICE ISSUES HAVE LEFT GRAIN STRANDED IN BINS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES. 

WHEAT STOCKS (APR 4) - RAIN AND STOCK NUMBERS ARE PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE NORTH AMERICAN WHEAT MARKET. THE WEEKLY GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO MARKET COMMENTARY SAYS RAIN FORECAST FOR KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS MAY EASE THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS FOR WINTER WHEAT IN THE U-S. GFO'S TODD AUSTIN SAYS MARKET PRESSURE IS ALSO COMING FROM THE SLIGHTLY BEARISH QUARTERLY GRAIN STOCKS NUMBER FROM THE USDA THIS WEEK. ON THE CORN SIDE, AUSTIN SAYS U-S GLOBAL EXPORTS ARE ON THE REBOUND AFTER LAST YEAR'S TUMBLE CAUSED BY THE 2012 DROUGHT.

EXPLOSION (APR 4) -
ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT A POTATO STORAGE FACILITY IN SOUTHWESTERN ALBERTA.
MOUNTIES SAY IT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON NORTHEAST OF COALDALE. POLICE SAY IT'S BELIEVED THE RESULT OF A CHEMICAL TREATMENT ON SOME PRODUCT INSIDE OF A BARN THAT IGNITED. THE FIRE SPREAD TO SIX QUONSET HUTS AND DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED IN THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 3 2014

 

GRAIN BACKLOG (APR 3) - THE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ALLIANCE SAYS FARMERS ARE RECEIVING A MUCH SMALLER PERCENTAGE OF THE PORT PRICE FOR GRAIN THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS, DUE TO THE PROBLEMS WITH GRAIN MOVEMENT ON THE PRAIRIES. SPOKESMAN KYLE KORNEYCHUK SAYS THE GAP BETWEEN PRICES AT PORT AND AT COUNTRY ELEVATORS, OR BASIS, IS RESULTING IN ``OBSCENE'' PROFITS FOR GRAIN COMPANIES. THE SASKATCHEWAN FARMER SAYS GRAIN ON THE PRAIRIES IS BEING PURCHASED IN THE ROUGHLY FIVE DOLLARS AND 50 CENT RANGE, WHILE GRAIN AT THE PORT IS SELLING FOR MORE THAN 10 DOLLARS. A SPOKESPERSON FOR GRAIN HANDLERS IN WESTERN CANADA SAYS PRICES ARE LOW AT COUNTRY ELEVATORS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T ACCEPT ANY MORE FARMER DELIVERIES. WADE SOBKOWICH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WESTERN GRAIN ELEVATOR ASSOCIATION, SAYS WIDER MARGINS ARE NO GOOD IF YOU CAN'T MOVE THE GRAIN. MEANWHILE....MP RALPH GOODALE RALPH GOODALE IS ON THE COMMONS COMMITTEE ....


MONSANTO (APR 3) - MONSANTO'S SECOND-QUARTER EARNINGS JUMPED 13 PER CENT ON STRENGTH FROM ITS CORE SEEDS AND TRAITS BUSINESS. THE AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS COMPANY TOPPED WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS FOR BOTH PROFIT AND REVENUE, SENDING SHARES HIGHER BEFORE THE OPENING BELL WEDNESDAY. MONSANTO EARNED ONE-POINT-SIX-SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS, OR THREE DOLLARS AND 15 CENTS A SHARE. A YEAR AGO, THE COMPANY EARNED ONE-POINT-FOUR-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS, OR TWO DOLLARS AND 73 CENTS A SHARE.

AGRIUM (APR 3) - AGRIUM INC. SAYS IT EXPECTS ONLY A SLIM PROFIT IN THE FIRST QUARTER, JUST ABOVE THE BREAK-EVEN POINT. ANALYSTS HAVE BEEN EXPECTING AGRIUM'S PROFIT FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014 TO WELL ABOVE BREAK-EVEN, ALTHOUGH DOWN FROM A YEAR AGO. THE CALGARY-BASED FERTILIZER PRODUCER AND FARM-PRODUCTS RETAILER SAYS SEVERAL FACTORS HAVE WORKED AGAINST IT, INCLUDING A SLOW START TO THE SPRING PLANTING SEASON. IT ALSO SAYS THE QUARTER WILL BE AFFECTED BY A USUAL LAG IN WHOLESALE PRICES FOR CROP NUTRIENTS AND REDUCED RAIL AVAILABILITY.
 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 2, 2014

 

BONNET JOINS WFO BOARD (APR 2) - Canadian Federation of Agriculture President Ron Bonnett is now a member of the World Farmers Organisation board. Bonnett will represent North America on the six-member board.
He s a cow-calf operator from Northern Ontario who s also a past-president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. The new president of the WFO is Peter Kendall of the National Farmers Union U-K. The World Farmers Organisation recently wrapped up it s annual General Assembly in Brazil. That 4-day event attracted representatives from about 100 agricultural confederations from 80 different countries. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

REPORT RELEASED (APR 2) - Corn markets moved higher yesterday in reaction to the highly-anticipated planting intentions and quarterly grain stocks reports from the US Department of Agriculture. Most of the soybean numbers were in line with the trade's expectations, although new crop oilseed values came under some pressure from a slightly larger-than-expected soybean acreage estimate. As for wheat, there no major surprises. Acreage increases are expected for canola, flax and dry beans in the US, while sunflower acres are expected to remain flat.

5 ALBERTANS HONOURED (APR 2) - THE CATTLEMEN'S YOUNG LEADERS HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR 2014 MENTORSHIP RECIPIENTS. A TOTAL OF 16 RECIPIENTS WERE SELECTED IN CANADA, WITH 5 COMING FROM ALBERTA.
THEY INCLUDE STACEY DOMOLEWSKI FROM TABER, LAURA ECKLUND OF OLDS, SUNDRE'S TESSA NYBO, STUART SOMERVILLE OF ENDIANG, AND COLIN VERBEEK FROM STURGEON COUNTY.

CONTEST UNDERWAY (APR 2) - THE ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS YOUNG GUNS CONTEST IS NOW OPEN. YOUTH AGED 8-21 INVOLVED WITH BEEF 4-H, JUNIOR CATTLE SHOWS OR BEEF PRODUCTION CAN SEND IN THEIR PROJECT BEFORE THE END OF MAY. THE THEME SURROUNDS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES BEEF PRODUCERS FACE IN ALBERTA. SUBMISSIONS CAN BE IN THE FORM OF AN ESSAY, YOUTUBE VIDEO, RADIO ADVERTISEMENTS OR EVEN CARTOONS. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 11TH DURING THE ABP SEMI ANNUAL MEETING WITH A 1 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRAND PRIZE.
MORE DETAIL CAN BE FOUND AT ALBERTABEEF.ORG.
 

 

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 1 2014

 

GRAIN BACKLOG (APR 1) - CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY SAYS IT IS MAKING PROGRESS TOWARDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S TARGET OF DOUBLING THE VOLUME OF GRAIN SHIPMENTS. IT ALSO IS CALLING ON WESTERN CANADIAN GRAIN ELEVATOR COMPANIES TO ``STEP UP'' THEIR PERFORMANCES. THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST RAILWAY SAYS IT PROVIDED 51-HUNDRED AND TWO HOPPER CARS FOR LOADING LAST WEEK, THE FOURTH WEEK IN A ROW IT HAS DELIVERED MORE THAN FOUR THOUSAND CARS.  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WESTERN GRAIN ELEVATOR ASSOCIATION WADE SOBKOWICH...WEIGHS IN ON THE ISSUE.

 

GM ALFALFA (APR 1) - THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION SAYS IT'S PLEASED THAT FORAGE GENETICS INTERNATIONAL HAS DECIDED NOT TO SELL HERBICIDE-TOLERANT GENETICALLY MODIFIED ALFALFA THIS SPRING. THE COMPANY'S DECISION TO DELAY THE INTRODUCTION OF GM ALFALFA INTO CANADA WAS CONFIRMED IN THE MARCH 27TH EDITION OF THE WESTERN PRODUCER AND IS CONSISTENT WITH RECENT STATEMENTS MADE BY SEED COMPANIES IN QUEBEC AND ONTARIO. IN 2013, WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT OR NOTIFICATION, THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY GRANTED REGISTRATION TO SEVERAL VARIETIES OF GM ROUNDUP READY ALFALFA, WHICH MEANS FGI AND THEIR DISTRIBUTORS COULD LEGALLY SELL THE HERBICIDE-TOLERANT GM ALFALFA ACROSS CANADA. A UNION MEMBER, DAVE LEWINGTON, SAYS FGI IS, AT SOME LEVEL, ADMITTING THAT THE CONCERNS OF FARMERS ACROSS CANADA ARE SERIOUS BY NOT SELLING GM ALFALFA.

HUGE AUCTION (APR 1) - RITCHIE BROS. AUCTIONEERS SAYS IT CONDUCTED ITS LARGEST-EVER ON-THE-FARM UNRESERVED PUBLIC AUCTION ON SATURDAY, MARCH 29TH, SELLING MORE THAN 13 MILLION DOLLARS OF AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT AND FARMLAND AT AN UNRESERVED AUCTION IN NAMPA, ALBERTA. THE COMPANY SAYS MORE THAN 450 EQUIPMENT ITEMS AND 31 PARCELS OF AGRICULTURAL FARMLAND WAS SOLD IN THE AUCTION, ALL WITHOUT MINIMUM BIDS OR RESERVE PRICES. RITCHIE BROTHERS SAYS THEY HAD CLOSE TO 12-HUNDRED REGISTERED BIDDERS FROM 25 COUNTRIES, AS WELL AS MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE ON SITE AND MORE THAN 58-HUNDRED WATCHING ONLINE. THE COMPANY SAYS THE AUCTION FOR THE PETLUK BROTHERS SOLD 31 PARCELS OF LAND TO FIVE BUYERS FOR MORE THAN 10 MILLION DOLLARS, AS WELL AS A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF LATE MODEL, WELL-MAINTAINED EQUIPMENT.

WEIGHT LIMITS EXEMPTION (MAR 31) - ALBERTA HAS JOINED WITH SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA IN ANNOUNCING EXEMPTIONS TO SPRING ROAD WEIGHT LIMITS FOR FARMERS MOVING GRAIN.
STARTING APRIL 1ST, FARMERS TRANSPORTING GRAIN FROM STORAGE TO ELEVATORS IN ALBERTA WILL BE EXEMPT FROM VEHICLE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON PROVINCIAL HIGHWAYS. PERMITS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO COST FOR GRAIN TRUCKS TO TRAVEL AT 100 PER CENT AXLE WEIGHT ON BANNED ROADS, AS LONG AS THE ROADS ARE NOT DAMAGED IN THE PROCESS. ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION STAFF WILL MONITOR ROAD CONDITIONS AND SUGGEST ALTERNATE TRAVEL ROUTES IF NECESSARY.

ANALYST SPEAKS (MAR 31) - THE FARM AND RANCH SHOW TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK IN EDMONTON, PRO FARMER CANADA MARKET ANALYST MIKE JUBINVILLE WAS ONE OF THE GUEST SPEAKERS.
 

THAT'S PRO FARMER CANADA MARKET ANALYST MIKE JUBINVILLE.

BISON STRONG (MAR 31) - THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CANADIAN BISON ASSOCIATION SAYS STRONG BEEF PRICES ARE GOOD FOR THE BISON INDUSTRY. TERRY KREMENIUK SAYS PRICES HIT BOTTOM IN 2003 AFTER B-S-E, BUT OVER THE LAST DECADE THEY HAVE BEEN MOVING UPWARD AND HAVE STABILIZED. UP TO 45 PER CENT OF CANADIAN BISON PRODUCTION IS CONSUMED DOMESTICALLY, WITH ALBERTA AND QUEBEC EATING THE MOST PER-CAPITA. KREMENIUK SAYS THERE'S ALSO STRONG DEMAND FOR BISON MEAT IN THE U-S AND EUROPE.

GEESE CONTROL (MAR 31) - AGRICULTURE CANADA PLANS TO HIRE TRAINED DOGS AGAIN THIS SPRING TO PROTECT ITS CENTRAL EXPERIMENTAL FARM FROM HUNGRY CANADA GEESE. THE OTTAWA FARM IS USED TO DEVELOP NEW CROPS, BUT GEESE ARE NOTORIOUS FOR GOBBLING UP SEEDS AND RUINING THE EXPERIMENTS. IT'S THE SECOND YEAR THAT AGRICULTURE CANADA HAS BROUGHT IN DOGS TO CONTROL GEESE AT THE FARM. THE TENDER DOCUMENT SAYS THE DOGS MUST BE TRAINED ``SPECIFICALLY FOR SCARING, NOT FOR RETRIEVING,'' AND THAT NO GEESE MAY BE KILLED OR INJURED.

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 28 2014

 

CONFIDENCE (MAR 28) - A RECENT SURVEY SUGGESTS U-S FARMER’S OVERALL CONFIDENCE REMAINS UNCHANGED SINCE LAST MARCH.
THE SURVEY WAS DONE BY DTN – THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER.
IT SHOWED PRODUCERS OVERALL CONFIDENCE AT 106 POINT 9 – UP SLIGHTLY FROM LAST DECEMBER AND UNCHANGED FROM MARCH OF LAST YEAR. 100 IS CONSIDERED NEUTRAL – ABOVE IS OPTIMISTIC, BELOW IS PESSIMISTIC. THE SURVEY HAD U-S FARMERS VIEWING THEIR PRESENT CONDITIONS AS POSITIVE AT 128 POINT 1 – DOWN ABOUT 7 POINTS FROM A YEAR AGO. THEIR FUTURE EXPECTATIONS REMAIN PESSIMISTIC AT 92 POINT 8 – UP JUST OVER 4 POINTS FROM LAST MARCH. DTN SAYS THERE WAS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN OPTIMISM BETWEEN CROP AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS. THE SURVEY REPORTED LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS CONFIDENCE AT A NEAR ALL-TIME HIGH OF 116 POINT 4 – UP ABOUT 9 POINTS FROM LAST MARCH. CROP PRODUCERS POSTED THEIR LOWEST CONFIDENCE LEVEL IN FOUR YEARS AG 102 POINT 7, DOWN ABOUT 4 POINTS FROM A YEAR AGO. THE DTN SURVEY TALKED TO 500 U-S PRODUCERS BETWEEN MARCH 1ST AND MARCH 10TH. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

GRAIN BACKLOG (MAR 28) - THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT’S LATEST MOVE TO SOLVE THE GRAIN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEM IN WESTERN CANADA A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT VICE-PRESIDENT HUMPHREY BANACK SAYS THERE ARE STILL SOME GAPS IN IT. THE CFA HAS CREATED A CROP TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS COMMITTEE MADE UP OF CROP PRODUCERS AND SHIPPERS IN WESTERN CANADA. BANACK SAYS THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK. THE CFA ARGUES SUBSEQUENT REGULATIONS NEED TO ENSURE THE VARIOUS SHIPPING CORRIDORS ARE APPROPRIATELY SERVICED BASED ON DEMAND.
THE FEDERATION SAYS THAT SHOULD INCLUDE SERVICE TO CANADAS DOMESTIC FEED AND LIVESTOCK INDUSTRIES. BANACK POINTS OUT THOSE INDUSTRIES PURCHASE AND ADD VALUE TO A LOT OF WESTERN CANADIAN GRAIN, SO THEIR NEEDS MUST BE SERVICED ON A PRIORITY BASIS.  (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

CN WEIGHS IN (MAR 28) - CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY SAYS NEW LEGISATION LEGISLATION AIMED AT INCREASING THE MOVEMENT OF GRAIN IS -- QUOTE -- ``HEAVY-HANDED REGULATORY INTRUSION.''
C-N PRESIDENT AND C-E-O CLAUDE MONGEAU SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO PUNISH RAILWAYS WITH RE-REGULATION FOR AN OUTSIZED CROP AND WINTER CONDITIONS TOTALLY BEYOND THEIR CONTROL. MONGEAU SAYS THE LEGISLATION DOES NOT ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE CURRENT GRAIN SITUATION AND WILL DO LITTLE TO MOVE MORE GRAIN, NOW OR IN THE FUTURE. WESTERN CANADIAN FARMERS HARVESTED A RECORD CROP OF 76 MILLION TONNES LAST YEAR -- 50 PER CENT HIGHER THAN AVERAGE. BUT THE CROP IS NOT MOVING.

ANTIBIOTICS (MAR 28) - THE U-S FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION SAYS 25 PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE VOLUNTARILY PHASING OUT THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS FOR GROWTH PROMOTION IN ANIMALS PROCESSED FOR MEAT. CITING A POTENTIAL THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH, THE AGENCY IN DECEMBER ASKED 26 COMPANIES TO VOLUNTARILY STOP LABELLING DRUGS IMPORTANT FOR TREATING HUMAN INFECTION AS ACCEPTABLE FOR USE IN ANIMAL PRODUCTION. THE FDA DID NOT NAME THE ONE COMPANY THAT HAS NOT AGREED TO WITHDRAW OR REVISE ITS DRUGS. THE COMPANIES WILL EITHER WITHDRAW THE DRUGS FROM ANIMAL USE COMPLETELY OR REVISE THEM SO THEY WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO BE USED WITH A VETERINARIAN'S PRESCRIPTION.

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 27 2014

 

RAIL ACT (MAR 27) - THE FEDS HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO HELP PRAIRIE GRAIN FARMERS GET THEIR CROPS TO MARKET.
AG-MINISTER GERRY RITZ AND TRANSPORT MINISTER LISA RAITT BROUGHT IN THE "FAIR RAIL FOR GRAIN FARMERS ACT"--AND AMOUNG OTHER THINGS--RITZ SAYS IT WILL ALLOW THE BIG RAIL COMPANIES TO WORK MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER. TRANSPORT MINISTER LISA RAITT SAYS RIGHT NOW, 94-PERCENT OF ELEVATORS ON THE PRAIRIES CAN ONLY ACCESS ONE RAIL-LINE.  THE 2013 PRAIRIE GRAIN CROP----WAS 50-PERCENT HIGHER THAN NORMAL.

HOG SHORTFALL (MAR 27) -
A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL BANK IS PREDICTING PED WILL CAUSE A SIGNIFICANT SHORTFALL IN THE NORTH AMERICAN HOG MARKET OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS. RABOBANK’S REPORT SAYS THE DISEASE HAS ALREADY IMPACTED ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE U-S BREEDING HERD, 28 PER CENT OF THE MEXICAN HERD AND IS BEGINNING TO DEVELOP IN CANADA. IF IT SPREADS IN CANADA AND MEXICO AT THE SAME RATE IT’S BEEN SPREADING IN THE U-S, RABOBANK PREDICTS NORTH AMERICAN HOG SLAUGHTER COULD BE CUT BY 12 AND A HALF PER CENT THIS YEAR FROM 2013 NUMBERS.
THE BANK’S REPORT IS FORECASTING AN 11 PER CENT SHORTFALL IN THE AVAILABILITY OF MARKET HOGS IN THE U-S THIS YEAR, BECAUSE OF PED. IT PREDICTS AUGUST THROUGH OCTOBER WILL BE TIGHTEST FOR PROCESSORS, WITH SLAUGHTER DOWN FROM 15 TO 25 PER CENT FROM 2013. FEAR OF POSSIBLE SHORTAGES HAVE PUSHED PORK CUTOUT PRICES UP FASTER THAN HOG PRICES. RABOBANK SAYS THAT’S GIVEN U-S PACKERS GROSS MARGINS OF ABOUT 63 DOLLARS A HEAD, COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR’S 37 DOLLARS PER HEAD. BUT THE REPORT SAYS THAT PROFITABILITY WILL LIKELY FALL IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER AS HOG PRICES CONTINUE TO CLIMB AND SHORTAGES FORCE PACKERS TO IDLE PLANTS. RABOBANK IS A GLOBAL FINANCIAL SERVICES PROVIDER. IT’S NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS FOCUSES ON THE FOOD, BEVERAGE AND AGRIBUSINESS INDUSTRY.  (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

AG INDEX (MAR 27) -
SCOTIABANK’S AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY INDEX MOVED UP IN FEBRUARY. IT WAS UP 1 PER CENT FROM JANUARY, BUT DOWN OVER 14 AND A HALF PER CENT FROM FEBRUARY OF 2013.
SCOTIABANK ECONOMIST PATRICIA MOHR SAYS RECORD CATTLE PRICES, FIRMER HOG PRICES AND STRONGER BARLEY PRICES OFFSET SLIGHTLY LOWER WHEAT AND CANOLA PRICES. HOWEVER, SHE POINTS OUT THAT DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE HAVE LIFTED WHEAT AND CORN PRICES IN MARCH. UKRAINE IS THE WORLD’S FIFTH LARGEST WHEAT AND THIRD-LARGEST CORN EXPORTER. MOHR ALSO BELIEVES THE NEW CANADA-SOUTH KOREA FREE TRADE DEAL WILL PROVIDE IMPROVED ACCESS TO THAT MARKET FOR CANADIAN BEEF AND PORK.
BUT SHE CAUTIONS TARIFF ELIMINATION WILL BE SLOW AND SOUTH KOREA WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT BEEF ONLY FROM CATTLE LESS THAN 30 MONTHS OF AGE. WHILE SCOTIABANK’S AGRICULTURAL INDEX WAS UP 1 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY FROM JANUARY, THE BANK’S OVERALL COMMODITY PRICE INDEX WAS UP OVER 7 PER CENT IN THAT SAME PERIOD.  (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)
 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 26 2014

 

STOP PED (MAR 26) - THE CANADIAN PORK COUNCIL IS CALLING ON THE COUNTRY’S PORK INDUSTRY TO TAKE VERY STEP POSSIBLE TO STOP THE SPREAD OF PED IN CANADA. THE COUNCIL SAYS THE GOAL SHOULD BE THE ELIMINATION OF THE DISEASE FROM THIS COUNTRY. CHAIR JEAN-GUY VINCENT SAYS IT CAN BE DONE BY WORKING WITH THE INDUSTRY’S AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS AS WELL AS CONTINUING COLLABORATION WITH FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS, VETERINARY PRACTITIONERS AND THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY. THE CPC SAYS A RECENT INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE ON PED HOSTED BY THE CFIA CAME UP WITH SEVEN AREAS TO FOCUS ON TO STOP AND ELIMINATE THE DISEASE. THOSE AREAS INCLUDE OPEN COMMUNICATIONS AMONG STAKEHOLDERS, ONGOING ACTIVE SURVEILLANCE AND REPORTING AND CLARITY OF THE PED RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH FEED. THE CANADIAN PORK COUNCIL IS ENCOURAGING PRODUCERS TO INCREASE THEIR DUE DILIGENCE AND USE THE TOOLS AND BEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.
 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 25 2014

 

GRAIN BACKLOG (MAR 25) - THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS EXPECTED TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THIS WEEK AIMED AT MOVING GRAIN SHIPMENTS TO MARKET FASTER IN LIGHT OF A HUGE BACKLOG THAT MAY NOT BE CLEARED UNTIL LATE SUMMER. GRAIN GROWERS ARE WELCOMING THE MOVE, BUT THE MAJOR RAIL COMPANIES WARN THE LEGISLATION IS ADVERSARIAL AT A TIME WHEN WHAT'S NEEDED IS A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO GETTING GRAIN TO CUSTOMERS.
AGRICULTURE MINISTER GERRY RITZ HAS BEEN TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION. BUT HE SAYS IT WILL PROVIDE CLEAR AND ACHIEVABLE SOLUTIONS TO CANADA'S GRAIN LOGISTICS ISSUES.

CWB ELEVATOR (MAR 25) - THE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD IS BUILDING A STATE-OF-THE-ART GRAIN ELEVATOR WEST OF PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE IN BLOOM, MANITOBA. THE ELEVATOR IS EXPECTED TO BE READY TO RECEIVE GRAIN FOR THE 2015 HARVEST. ONCE COMPLETED, THE FACILITY WILL FEATURE INDUSTRY-LEADING RAILCAR LOADING TIMES AND 33-THOUSAND, 900 METRIC TONNES OF STORAGE. THE ELEVATOR WILL FEATURE A 17-THOUSAND, 400 METRIC TONNE WORKHOUSE WITH CLEANING FACILITIES, AND 16-THOUSAND, 400 METRIC TONNES OF STEEL STORAGE CAPACITY. A 130-CAR LOOP TRACK WILL FACILITATE FAST AND EFFICIENT CAR LOADING AT UP TO 60-THOUSAND BUSHELS PER HOUR AND WILL BE SERVICED BY CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY.
 
AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 21 2014

 

NATURAL CAUSES (MAR 21) - SUNDRE RCMP HAVE COMPLETED THE INVESTIGATION IN THE DEATH OF A WILD HORSE REPORTED IN CLEARWATER COUNTY ON FEBRUARY 28TH.

THE FORENSIC UNIT OF THE ALBERTA FISH AND WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT BRANCH HELPED DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS NOT RELATED TO A GUNSHOT.


CFIA ADVISORY (MAR 21) - THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY IS ADVISING PEOPLE NOT TO CONSUME KIRKLAND SIGNATURE BRAND GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS DUE TO POSSIBLE LISTERIA CONTAMINATION. THE PRODUCT, WHICH IS BEING RECALLED BY FRESHOUSE FOODS LTD., WAS SOLD AT COSTCO STORES IN ONTARIO, QUEBEC, NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, BUT MAY ALSO HAVE BEEN SOLD IN OTHER PROVINCES.

THE RECALLED PRODUCT WAS SOLD IN 500-GRAM PACKAGES WITH BEST BEFORE DATES OF APRIL 13 TO APRIL 26.


DAIRY MONEY (MAR 21) - PIERRE LEMIEUX, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO CANADA’S MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, AND MP GORD BROWN TODAY ANNOUNCED SUPPORT OF CLOSE TO $945,000 UNDER THE AGRIMARKETING PROGRAM FOR THE DAIRY SECTOR TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A NATIONAL TRACEABILITY PROGRAM AND IMPLEMENT AN ASSURANCE PROGRAM FOR DAIRY PRODUCTION.  DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA WILL RECEIVE $416,000 AND $529,000 WILL BE USED TO IMPLEMENT THE PROACTION INITIATIVE, A NATIONAL ASSURANCE PROGRAM FOR DAIRY PRODUCTION THAT DEMONSTRATES THE DAIRY INDUSTRY’S CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO CUSTOMERS TO PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY, SAFE CANADIAN MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS THAT ARE PRODUCED RESPONSIBLY. THIS INCLUDES ON-FARM PILOT TESTING OF ASSESSMENT TOOLS AND PRODUCER TRAINING.


FOOD SUMMIT (MAR 21) - CANADIAN DAIRY FARMERS HAVE THEIR FOCUS ON THE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA'S FOOD SUMMIT. THERE IS EXPECTED TO BE A PUSH TO URGE FOR A CHANGE IN THE DAIRY SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA, DAVID WIENS, SAYS CANADIAN DAIRY FARMERS ARE FOCUSED ON CONTINUING TO GROW THEIR OPERATIONS AND SERVE CANADIAN CONSUMERS. WIENS SAYS THERE ARE OPERATIONS OF VARIOUS SIZES BUT EVERYONE SHARES THE COMMON GOAL OF PROVIDING QUALITY MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS WHILE SUSTAINING MORE THAN 218-THOUSAND JOBS.


WHEAT PRICES (MAR 21) - TENSIONS IN UKRAINE ARE GETTING CREDIT FOR MUCH OF THE ONGOING RALLY IN WHEAT PRICES. GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO ANALYST TODD AUSTIN SAYS WHILE GRAIN CONTINUES TO MOVE IN THE AREA, CONCERNS ABOUT FUTURE SALES ARE TESTING THE CONFIDENCE OF INTERNATIONAL BUYERS TO MAKE ANY FURTHER PURCHASES IN THE REGION. AUSTIN SAYS DRYNESS IN MAJOR WHEAT-GROWING AREAS IN THE U-S IS ALSO SUPPORTING HIGHER PRICES.

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 20 2014

 

FARM VOICES (MAR 20) - WE'RE ABOUT A MONTH AWAY FROM EARTH DAY AND THE #FARMVOICES MOVEMENT IS CONTINUING STRONG.
SARAH WRAY OF FARM-ON SAYS THEY'VE HAD THIS GOING FOR A YEAR.


WRAY SAYS IT'S BEEN AMAZING.


THEY'RE ASKING FARMERS TO ONCE AGAIN TAKE PART ON EARTH DAY BY OSTING A PHOTO AND A THOUGHT TO FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND/OR TWITTER ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE AS A FARMER, ATTACHING THE HASTAG #FARMVOICES.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION, YOU CAN GO TO FARMON.COM

AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES TOTALLED NEARLY HALF A BILLION DOLLARS IN THE TOP 21 FOOD PRODUCING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. THE NUMBERS COME FROM THE WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE AND DATA FROM 2012. IN NORTH AMERICA, CANADA SPENT SEVEN-POINT-FIVE BILLION ON AGRICULTURE SUBSIDIES, WHILE THE U-S SPENT MORE THAN 30 BILLION. CHINA PAID FARMERS 165 BILLION AND JAPAN PAID OUT 65 BILLION. WORLDWATCH SAYS SUBSIDIES ARE NOT SAFETY NETS FOR POOR FAMILIES BUT A WAY FOR WEALTHY FARMERS TO GET RICHER.

MORE PED CASES (MAR 20) - MORE CASES OF PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA HAVE BEEN FOUND IN ONTARIO. FOUR CASES WERE FOUND -- AT A FARROW-TO FEEDER OPERATION AND AT FINISHER OPERATIONS.
THESE ARE THE FIRST CASES OF PED FOUND IN MIDWESTERN ONTARIO SINCE MARCH 7. THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL OF PED CASES IN THE PROVINCE TO 34.

HIGH CATTLE PRICES (MAR 20) -
CATTLE PRICES IN SASKATCHEWAN SET NEW RECORDS AGAIN LAST WEEK.  BRAD MARCENIUK, PROVINCIAL LIVESTOCK ECONOMIST, SAYS SOME FEEDER STEER CATEGORIES WERE DOWN IN PRICE BUT THERE WERE SEVERAL NEW RECORDS. BENCHMARK FEEDER STEER PRICES ROSE ALMOST FOUR DOLLARS PER HUNDREDWEIGHT TO REACH A NEW RECORD OF 208 DOLLARS PER HUNDREDWEIGHT. D-1, D-2 SLAUGHTER COWS ALSO REACHED NEW RECORD HIGH PRICES OF 99 DOLLARS 40 CENTS PER HUNDREDWEIGHT, UP FIVE DOLLARS PER HUNDREDWEIGHT.
 
AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 19 2014

 

BACKLOG CONCERNS (MAR 19) - THE WESTERN BARLEY GROWERS ASSOCIATION HAS SENT A LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER TO ADDRESS ISSUES REGARDING THE GRAIN BACKLOG. THE LETTER TALKS ABOUT RECIPROCAL PENALTIES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, MORE POWER FOR THE CTA TO DEAL WITH TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS, AND EXTENDING INTERSWITCHING AREAS TO 160 KILOMETRES OR 100 MILES. PRESIDENT DOUG ROBERTSON SAYS THE ARGUMENT THAT THE BACKLOG IS A RESULT OF THE LOSS OF THE SINGLE DESK SYSTEM IS A BIT OF A RED HERRING.

ROBERTSON GOES ON TO SAY THAT A BAD REPUTATION IS DIFFICULT TO CHANGE, AND CANADA NEEDS TO CHANGE ITS IMAGE WHEN IT COMES TO SHIPPING GRAINS TO MEET CUSTOMER'S NEEDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ICEBREAKERS (MAR 19) - THE CANADIAN SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION WANTS MORE ICEBREAKERS TO OPEN UP THE FROZEN GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY FOR SHIPMENTS OF GRAIN AND OTHER COMMODITIES. ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT ROBERT LEWIS-MANNING SAYS THE WORST WINTER IN 20 YEARS HAS CLOGGED THE IMPORTANT TRADE ROUTE WITH A BROAD COVER OF THICK ICE THAT IS SUPPRESSING FREIGHTER TRAFFIC.  HE SAYS THE ICE AND A LACK OF CANADIAN COAST GUARD ICEBREAKERS HAS DELAYED THE OPENING OF THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY AND IS PREVENTING GRAIN FROM BEING SHIPPED THROUGH PORTS SUCH AS THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO. THE ASSOCIATION WARNS THE ICE ALSO THREATENS TO DELAY SHIPMENTS OF IRON ORE, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, SALT AND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS.

TRADE MISSION (MAR 19) - THE FEDERAL AGRICULTURE MINISTER WILL BE LEADING AN AGRICULTURAL TRADE MISSION TO SOUTH KOREA NEXT MONTH ON THE HEELS OF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE CANADA-KOREA FREE TRADE DEAL WRAPPING UP. GERRY RITZ SAYS THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR WILL SEE SIGNIFICANT GAINS WHEN THE AGREEMENT IS RATIFIED. HE SAYS THE GOAL OF THE TRADE MISSION WILL BE TO MATCH CANADIAN SELLERS WITH KOREAN BUYERS. RITZ SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING 25 DIFFERENT INDUSTRY GROUPS FROM CANADA TO ENSURE THEY MEET FACE-TO-FACE WITH BUYERS.

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 18 2014

 

NEONICS (MAR 18) - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL IS CONTINUING ITS WORK RESEARCHING THE EFFECTS OF NEONICONTINOIDS AND OTHER PESTICIDES. YESTERDAY, COUNCIL DIRECTED STAFF TO CREATE A REPORT ON NEO-NICS AND THEIR USAGE IN THE CITY. COUNCILLORS PAUL HARRIS AND LYNNE MULDER PUT THE MOTION FORWARD TWO WEEKS AGO, CITING CONCERN FOR THE POLLINATOR BEE POPULATION.
HARRIS IS PLEASED WITH COUNCIL'S DECISION TO GET MORE INFORMATION.
 
HARRIS SAYS RED DEER IS THE FIRST COMMUNITY IN ALBERTA TO MAKE SUCH AN AGGRESSIVE COMMITMENT IN PRESERVING POLLINATOR INSECTS. IT WILL TAKE A COUPLE OF MONTHS FOR STAFF TO PREPARE THE REPORT.

ALBERTA PORK MEETINGS (MAR 18) - A COUPLE OF CHANGES TO THE UPCOMING PED MEETINGS BY ALBERTA PORK. DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION, THE ALBERTA PORK PED IN-PERSON MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY IN GRANDE PRAIRIE WILL NOW BE HELD IN A TELEPHONE TOWN HALL FORMAT FROM 9:30 - 11:00 AM MOUNTAIN TIME ON MARCH 20. EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT FROM THE GRANDE PRAIRIE REGION, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN IN. EXPERT SPEAKERS WILL DISCUSS THE LATEST ON PED, UPDATES ON THE SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, AND THE KEYS TO PREVENTING THIS DISEASE FROM REACHING YOUR FARM.  AT THIS POINT, THE IN-PERSON P.E.D. SESSIONS SET FOR RED DEER TOMORROW AT THE HOLIDAY INN IN GASOLINE ALLEY ARE STILL A GO.  CONTACT ALBERTA PORK TO REGISTER. IN ADDITION,  THE ALBERTA PORK PED TELEPHONE TOWN HALL SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28 AT 10 AM  HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF A SCHEDULING CONFLICT.

MOVE THAT GRAIN (MAR 18) - MANITOBA'S TRANSPORTATION MINISTER SAYS HE HAS A COMMITMENT FROM CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY TO TRY TO MOVE MORE GRAIN. STEVE ASHTON SAYS HE TALKED ON THE PHONE TO CANADIAN PACIFIC C-E-O HUNTER HARRISON TODAY, AND SAYS HARRISON AGREED TO TRY TO GET MORE GRAIN SHIPPED THROUGH THE PORT IN THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS SET MINIMUM TARGETS FOR C-P AND CANADIAN NATIONAL OF 11-THOUSAND CARS A WEEK, WITH FINES OF UP TO 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY FOR FAILING TO MEET THAT TARGET.

GRAIN BACKLOG (MAR 18) - THE SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT HAS RELEASED AN OUTLINE FOR STIFFER FEDERAL PENALTIES AND TARGETS TO CLEAR A GRAIN MOVEMENT BACKLOG. AGRICULTURE MINISTER LYLE STEWART SUGGESTS MANY PROPOSALS, INCLUDING THE RAILWAY PENALTY BE RAISED TO A MINIMUM 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY.
STEWART IS ALSO CALLING FOR ANY PENALTIES TO DIRECTLY BENEFIT FARMERS. THE FEDERAL LEGISLATION IS EXPECTED TO BE TABLED WHEN PARLIAMENT RETURNS NEXT MONDAY.

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 14 2014

 

TELEPHONE TOWN HALL (MAR 14) - ALBERTA PORK HELD ANOTHER TELEPHONE TOWN HALL MEETING TODAY TO TALK TO INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS ABOUT PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA OR P.E.D.
DR. LUCIE VERDON HAD AN UPDATE OF P.E.D. IN CANADA. 

DR. EGAN BROCKOFF RECENTLY WAS IN THE U.S. AND TALKED WITH PRODUCERS ABOUT P.E.D.
 

ALBERTA PORK CHAIR FRANK NOVAK CAUTIONS AGAINST P.E.D. FATIGUE.

MORE IN-PERSON MEETINGS WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK AROUND THE PROVINCE. CONTACT ALBERTA PORK TO REGISTER.
 
AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 13 2014


TARP AUCTION (MAR 13) - THE 16TH ANNUAL RED DEER WESTERNER PONY CHUCKWAGON TARP AUCTION LAST NIGHT SAW THE 56 WAGONS SOLD FOR AN AVERAGE PRICE OF $2875 EACH. THAT'S JUST SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN LAST YEAR'S AVERAGE. ONCE AGAIN THIS YEAR THE HIGH SELLING DRIVER WAS GARRY THIEL OF SHERWOOD PARK. HE WENT FOR SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HIS LONGTIME SPONSOR JACK TREMAIN OF PUMPS AND PRESSURE. TREMAIN IS ALSO THE CHAIR OF THE WESTERNER PONY CHUCKWAGON COMMITTEE. OTHER HIGH SELLERS INCLUDED LACOMBE'S JACK STOTT, WHO WAS PURCHASED BY RAY LYNN TRUCKING; AND CODY ARCAND OF MORINVILLE, WHO SOLD TO SUNDANCE ENERGY. BOTH WAGON TARPS WENT FOR $5100 APIECE.THE NORTH AMERICAN PONY CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIPS TAKE PLACE DURING WESTERNER DAYS, JULY 16-20TH.

GRAIN BACKLOG (MAR 13) -
THE PREMIER OF SASKATCHEWAN IS RENEWING HIS CALL FOR STIFFER FEDERAL PENALTIES TO GET THE GRAIN EXPORT BACKLOG CLEARED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. BRAD WALL WANTS MANDATORY SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN GRAIN COMPANIES AND RAILWAYS AND STIFF PENALTIES IF THEY FAIL TO MEET COMMITMENTS. WALL ALSO SAYS FEDERAL LEGISLATION REQUIRING THE RAILWAYS TO MOVE 11 THOUSAND HOPPER CARS PER WEEK SHOULD BE BUMPED TO 13 THOUSAND. THE PREMIER ALSO TOLD DELEGATES AT A CONVENTION THAT HE IS CONCERNED ABOUT A TRUCKERS STRIKE IN B-C AND ITS POSSIBLE IMPACT ON SOME CONTAINER MOVEMENT FROM SASKATCHEWAN.

GRAIN BACKLOG MANITOBA (MAR 13) - THE MANITOBA GOVERNMENT HAS TASKED FOUR CABINET MINISTERS TO MONITOR FEDERAL MEASURES AIMED AT EASING A RAIL TRANSPORTATION BOTTLENECK THAT HAS LEFT PILES OF GRAIN SITTING IN BINS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES. THE PROVINCE SAYS THE MINISTERS ARE TO MAKE SURE THE PROVINCE'S FARMERS GET ACCESS TO RAIL CARS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. THE FOUR ARE ALSO TO MAKE SURE FARMERS IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS GET THEIR GRAIN MOVED AND TO HELP OTHERS IN FINDING ALTERNATE STORAGE FOR GRAIN THAT MIGHT BE AT RISK.

GRAIN BACKLOG EQUIPMENT (MAR 13) - FARM EQUIPMENT DEALERS ARE SEEING THE EFFECTS OF THE RAILWAYS BEING BACKED-UP JUST AS MUCH AS FARMERS. WITHOUT FARMERS BEING ABLE TO SELL THEIR GRAIN, THEY AREN'T AS EAGER TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT. BRAD MILLER IS THE STORE MANAGER AT CERVUS EQUIPMENT PRINCE ALBERT, WHICH SELLS JOHN DEERE FARMING IMPLEMENTS. HE'S EXPECTING BUSINESS TO BE SLOWER THAN USUAL UNTIL THE MAJORITY OF GRAIN CAN BE HAULED.

FOOD PLANT CLOSURES (MAR 13) - DESPITE A NUMBER OF HIGH-PROFILE PLANT CLOSURES IN RECENT MONTHS, THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY IN CANADA IS BECOMING MORE COMPETITIVE AND THOSE EFFORTS ARE LIKELY TO BEAR FRUIT IN THE FORM OF JOBS, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY. WESTERN UNIVERSITY'S IVEY BUSINESS SCHOOL SAYS ITS STUDY FOUND THAT THE MOST COMMONLY CITED REASON FOR CLOSURES WAS THAT A PLANT WAS NO LONGER COMPETITIVE AND, IN MANY CASES, PRODUCTION WAS BEING CONSOLIDATED AT ANOTHER LOCATION.  BUT WHEN NEW PLANTS OPEN, THEY ARE OFTEN LARGER AND INCORPORATE NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT DRIVES DOWN COSTS, IT FOUND. THE STUDY, TITLED THE CHANGING FACE OF FOOD MANUFACTURING IN CANADA: AN ANALYSIS OF PLANT CLOSINGS, OPENINGS AND INVESTMENTS, FOUND THAT THERE WERE 143 PLANT CLOSURES ANNOUNCED BETWEEN 2006 AND 2014, RESULTING IN PROJECTED LOSSES OF ALMOST 24,000 JOBS.

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 12 2014

 

SOUTH KOREA DEAL (MAR 12) - ONE OF THE DIRECTORS WITH ALBERTA BARLEY SAYS THE FREETRADE DEAL THATS BEEN SIGNED BETWEEN CANADA AND SOUTH KOREA IS A "WIN WIN" SITUATION FOR BARLEY FARMERS. JASON LENZ SAYS CANADA EXPORTS ABOUT 25-THOUSAND TONNES OF MALTING BARLEY TO SOUTH KOREA EVERY YEAR RIGHT NOW. AND LENZ SAYS NOT ONLY IS IS GREAT NEWS FOR BARLEY PRODUCERS----ITS GREAT FOR THOSE IN THE BEEF AND PORK INDUSTRIES.  MEANWHILE....THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE CANADA'S NEW FREE-TRADE DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREA WILL EXPAND THE ECONOMY BY 1.7-BILLION DOLLARS AND INCREASE CANADIAN EXPORTS TO THE ASIAN COUNTRY BY 32 PER CENT. BUT PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER SAYS MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE AGREEMENT GIVES CANADIAN BUSINESSES MORE ACCESS TO SUPPLY CHAINS THAT ORIGINATED IN KOREA AND SPAN THE REST OF THE CONTINENT. INCREASING TRADE TIES WITH THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION IS A MAJOR FOCUS OF THE GOVERNING CONSERVATIVES.

HELP NEEDED (MAR 12) - THE CENTRAL ALBERTA FOODGRAINS PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP THIS YEAR. LOCAL COMMITTEE MEMBER DOUG MAAS SAYS THEY NEED A FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT DONATION.

MAAS SAYS AS FOR LOCATION, THERE ARE LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES.

MAAS SAYS SIZE DOESN'T MATTER THAT MUCH.

MAAS SAYS THE LANDOWNER WOULD HAVE THE PROJECT ON THEIR PROPERTY FOR A YEAR.

CURRENTLY THE FOODGRAINS PROJECT IS HELPING WITH THE CRISIS IN SYRIA BY PROVIDING FOOD VOUCHERS AND FOOD RATIONS TO 78 THOUSAND PEOPLE ON A MONTHLY BASIS.  IF YOU HAVE FARMLAND AVAILABLE FOR THE LOCAL GROWING PROJECT CONTACT VIC BERGEN OR KEN DITZLER.

SOUTH KOREA TRADE DEAL (MAR 11) - CANADA HAS FINALLY INKED A FREE TRADE DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREA AFTER A DECADE OF ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN TALKS. PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER SAYS THE DEAL REPRESENTS A MAJOR BOOST FOR CANADIAN EXPORTERS LOOKING FOR A TOEHOLD INTO THE LUCRATIVE ASIAN MARKETPLACE. THE BIGGEST WINNERS FROM THE CANADIAN SIDE WILL LIKELY BE IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR. BUT ONTARIO, THE UNION REPRESENTING AUTOWORKERS AND FORD OF CANADA ARE CRITICAL OF THE AGREEMENT, WHICH WILL ELIMINATE A 6.1-PER-CENT DUTY ON IMPORTS OF HYUNDAI AND KIA VEHICLES OVER TWO YEARS ONCE THE DEAL IS IMPLEMENTED. ONTARIO HAD BEEN CALLING FOR A PHASE-OUT PERIOD OF UP TO SEVEN YEARS AND A PROVISION ALLOWING CANADIAN TARIFFS TO BE RE-IMPOSED IF SOUTH KOREA USES NON-TARIFF BARRIERS TO RESTRICT CANADIAN AUTO SALES.

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 11 2014

GRAIN MOVING (MAR 11) - THE WESTERN PROVINCES ARE TEAMING UP TO HELP MAKE SURE PRAIRIE GRAIN GETS TO PORT. PREMIER ALISON REDFORD WAS SPEAKING TO REPS FROM VARIOUS GRAIN ORGANIZATIONS TODAY---TO DISCUSS LAST WEEK'S ORDER FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE RAIL COMPANIES---WHICH TOLD THEM TO START MOVING GRAIN "OR ELSE". REDFORD SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH PRODUCERS.
 
REDFORD SAYS SHE'LL BE MEETING WITH SASKATCHEWAN PREMIER BRAD WALL AND B.C. PREMIER CHRISTY CLARK.
 
MEANWHILE....SOME PRAIRIE FARMERS ARE TRYING TO MAKE POLITICAL HAY OUT OF THE ONGOING GRAIN TRANSPORTATION BACKLOG. MEMBERS OF THE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ALLIANCE MET A FEW DAYS AGO IN RAYMORE, SASKATCHEWAN. THEY VOTED TO ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESTORE THE FARMER-CONTROLLED SINGLE DESK WHEAT BOARD. STEWART WELLS, A FORMER FARMER-ELECTED DIRECTOR ON THE BOARD, SAYS WITH THE SINGLE DESK FARMERS GOT 85 PER CENT OF THE PORT PRICE FOR GRAIN. HE SAYS WHILE INTERNATIONAL GRAIN PRICES REMAIN HIGH, THE GRAIN COMPANIES AND RAILWAYS HAVE REDUCED FARMERS' SHARE TO LESS THAN 40 PER CENT.

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 10 2014

 

COMPLIANCE (MAR 10) - CANADA'S TWO MAIN RAILWAYS SAY THEY WILL OBEY AN ORDER-IN-COUNCIL THAT GIVES THEM A MONTH TO START MOVING A MINIMUM OF ONE MILLION TONNES OF GRAIN IN 11-THOUSAND CARS EACH WEEK. CANADIAN PACIFIC SPOKESMAN ED GREENBERG SAYS THE RAILWAY WILL COMPLY WITH THE ORDER, BUT HE CALLS THE MOVE UNFORTUNATE AND SUGGESTS IT DIDN'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE ``ENTIRE SUPPLY CHAIN.'' C-N'S JIM FEENY SAYS THE COMPANY CAN COMPLY WITH THE ORDER IF EVERYONE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN WORKS TOGETHER. TRANSPORT MINISTER LISA RAITT SAYS IF C-P AND C-N DON'T MEET THE REQUIREMENT, THEY'LL FACE FINES OF UP TO 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR A DAY.

CCA PRES (MAR 10) - A COW-CALF FINISH RANCH OPERATOR FROM CAMROSE IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION. DAVE SOLVERSON WAS ACCLAIMED AT THE C-C-A'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN OTTAWA. SOLVERSON SAYS THE FAVOURABLE RESOLUTION OF COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELLING IS A TOP PRIORITY, AS WELL AS OBTAINING FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH KOREA AND JAPAN. HE ALSO WANTS TO ENSURE THE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC AND TRADE AGREEMENT IS IMPLEMENTED IN A WAY THAT PRODUCERS GET THE BENEFITS THAT WERE NEGOTIATED. DAN DARLING, PAST PRESIDENT OF BEEF FARMERS OF ONTARIO, WAS ACCLAIMED AS VICE-PRESIDENT.
 
AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 7 2014

 

ORDER IN COUNCIL (MAR 7) - THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WILL INTRODUCE AN ORDER IN COUNCIL FORCING RAILWAYS TO MOVE A MINIMUM OF AMOUNT OF GRAIN EACH WEEK. SPEAKING IN WINNIPEG, TRANSPORT MINISTER LISA RAITT SAYS THAT MINIMUM WILL BE SET AT 500,000 TONNES. SHE SAYS THERE WILL BE PENALTIES OF UP TO $100,000 A DAY IF CN AND CP RAIL DON'T MEET THE REQUIREMENT.
THE GOVERNMENT IS GIVING THE RAILWAYS FOUR WEEKS TO RAMP UP TO THE MINIMUM LEVEL. A RECORD HARVEST COUPLED WITH A TRANSPORTATION BOTTLENECK HAS LEFT GRAIN SITTING IN BINS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES. RAITT SAYS CANADA IS AT RISK OF LOSING ITS REPUTATION AROUND THE WORLD AS A DEPENDABLE SUPPLIER OF GRAIN IF THE BACKLOG ISN'T ADDRESSED.

BISON CONVENTION (MAR 7) -
THE BISON PRODUCERS OF ALBERTA ARE PRESENTING THEIR PROVINCIAL WILDROSE CONVENTION SHOW AND SALE MARCH 14TH AND 15TH IN PONOKA. CHAIR THOMAS ACKERMAN SAYS THEY HAVE A FULL EVENT PLANNED.

ACKERMANN SAYS THEY HAVE SOMETHING BRAND NEW THIS YEAR.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UPCOMING WILDROSE CONVENTION SHOW AND SALE, GO TO BISONCENTRE.COM OR CALL 780-955-1995.

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 6 2014


PIG CODE OF PRACTICE (MAR 6) - AFTER YEARS OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH, THE NEW CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE CARE AND HANDLING OF PIGS WAS MADE PUBLIC TODAY. THE CODE INCLUDES A FULL COMMITTMENT TO ADOPT LOOSE HOUSING FOR SOWS AND GILTS IN ALL NEW FACILITIES BUILT AFTER JULY 1ST 2014, NEW PAIN CONTROL REQUIREMENTS, AND ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT.
YOU CAN VIEW THE CODE ONLINE. ALBERTA PORK IS COMMENTING ON THE RELEASE, CALLING FOR COLLABORATION. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DARCY FITZGERALD SAYS THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME FLEXIBILITY IN APPLYING THE CODE REQUIREMENTS TO REFLECT THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH FARM AND THE SKILL SETS OF PRODUCERS.
HE SAYS PROGRESS IS IMPORTANT, BUT CAN ALSO BE PRICEY.

BIOSECURITY MONEY (MAR 6) - THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS GIVING FARMERS MORE TIME TO APPLY FOR SPECIAL FUNDING TO IMPROVE THEIR FARM BIOSECURITY SYSTEMS. THE CHANGE WAS ANNOUNCED AS ALBERTA PORK PRODUCERS SCRAMBLE TO PROTECT THEIR HERDS FROM PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS, WHICH HAS DEVASTATED HOG FARMERS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE VIRUS, WHICH CAN WIPE OUT ALL BABY PIGS IN A BARN, HAS RECENTLY BEEN FOUND ON FARMS IN ONTARIO, MANITOBA, QUEBEC AND P-E-I. NO OUTBREAKS HAVE BEEN DETECTED IN ALBERTA. ALBERTA PORK HAS BEEN URGING PRODUCERS TO DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO ENSURE THAT CONTINUES.

MOVING GRAIN (MAR 6) - GRAIN FARMERS CLOSE TO THE U-S BORDER ARE TRYING TO TRUCK MORE GRAIN SOUTH BECAUSE OF THE RAIL BOTTLENECK IN WESTERN CANADA. BRIAN VOTH OF AGRI-TREND MARKETING SAYS MOST OF THE TRUCKS HEADED SOUTH ARE CARRYING WHEAT, WITH SOME OATS ALSO BEING SOLD DIRECTLY TO U-S BUYERS.
WHILE THERE ARE SOME REPORTS OF US ELEVATORS NOT ACCEPTING ANY CANADIAN GRAIN, OTHERS ELEVATORS HAVE STARTED POSTING TWO SETS OF PRICES FOR WHEAT, DEPENDING ON THE GRAIN'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. FARMERS WHO HAVE ACCESS TO PRODUCER CAR LOADING SITES HAVE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO BYPASS THE RAIL CHALLENGES IN CANADA TO ACCESS U-S BUYERS IN SOME CASES.

CONFERENCE (MAR 6) -
EDMONTON IS GOING TO PLAY HOST TO THE UPCOMING LIVESTOCK CARE CONFERENCE THIS MONTH. HEINI HEHLI WITH ALBERTA FARM ANIMAL CARE SAYS PRODUCERS CAN LEARN A LOT ON WHAT KINDS OF TACTICS ACTIVISTS ARE USING THESE DAYS--AND HOW THEY CAN BE COUNTERED. HEHLI  SAYS ITS IMPORTANT THAT PRODUCERS COME OUT FOR THE EVENT---BECAUSE THEY'RE AT THE FRONT OF THE FOOD SUPPLY. THE CONFERENCE HAPPENS MARCH 26TH AND 27TH AT THE FOUR POINTS SHERATON.

VIDEO MONITORING (MAR 6) - HYBRID TURKEYS IN KITCHENER ONTARIO WILL BE THE FIRST IN CANADA TO VIDEO MONITOR EUTHANIASIA. THIS AFTER COMPANY OFFICIALS WERE SHOWN AN UNDERCOVER ANIMAL ACTIVIST VIDEO. IT DEPICTED EMPLOYEES AT ONE OF THE COMAPNY’S BARNS IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO UTILIZING EUTHANIASIA METHODS THAT, WHILE APPROVED BY THE CANADIAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, VIOLATE THE COMPANY’S ANIMAL WELFARE PROTOCOLS. IN A RELEASE MANAGING DIRECTOR, DAVID LIBERTINI SAYS HYBRID HAS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ANIMAL ABUSE.
HYBRID TURKEYS IS ALSO INITIATING A COOPERATIVE RESEARCH AGREEMENT ON MORE EFFECTIVE AND HUMANE FORMS OF EUTHANASIA WITH THE CAMPBELL CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF ANIMAL WELFARE, UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH.   (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 5 2014

 

CATTLE LINER INCIDENT (MAR 5) - STETTLER RCMP ARE ON THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A CATTLE LINER THIS MORNING. REPORTS SAY A TRUCK FULL OF CATTLE WAS STUCK ON THE GUARD RAIL AT HIGHWAYS 21 AND 42. NO OTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE.

ENDOWMENT FUND (MAR 5) -
A NEW ENDOWMENT FUND WILL BOOST AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPING NEW PRODUCTS FOR MARKET.  AGRICULTURE MINISTER VERLYN OLSON SAYS 200 MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE TAKEN FROM THE HERITAGE FUND--WITH PROCEEDS FROM THE ENDOWMENT GOING TO DIVERSIFY THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR. THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS ALSO PUTTING A HALF-BILLION DOLLARS FROM THE HERITAGE FUND INTO A SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND& TO LOOK AT NEW WAYS TO ELIMINATE POVERTY AND FAMILY VIOLENCE.

 

TASK FORCE (MAR 5) - THE PROVINCE HAS SET UP A NEW TASK FORCE TO LOOK AT WAYS TO BOOST RURAL ECONOMIES.
AGRICULTURE MINISTER VERLYN OLSON SAYS IT WILL HOLD ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WITH STAKEHOLDERS IN MARCH AND APRIL. THE MLA TASK FORCE IS COMPRISED OF THE AG MINISTER ALONG WITH HECTOR GOUDREAU, JACQUIE FENSKE, KEN LEMKE AND BRIDGET PASTOOR.

NFU GRAIN BACKLOG (MAR 5) - PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION IS BLAMING THE BACKLOG OF PRAIRIE GRAIN IN PART ON THE FAIR ELECTIONS ACT. IN AN OP-ED PIECE, JAN SLOMP SAYS THE DISMANTLING OF THE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD WAS UNDEMOCRATIC ON THE PART OF THE FEDERAL CONSERVATIVES.  SLOMP GOES ON TO SAY THE TORIES ALSO DID AWAY WITH CANADA’S CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER WHO CURRENTLY REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT AND TURNED HIS POWERS OVER TO A COMMISSIONER THAT NOW REPORTS TO THE PRIME MINISTER. SLOMP SAYS THE SINGLE-DESK CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ALLOWED GRAIN TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY AND WAS SUPPORTED BY FARMERS WHO REPEATEDLY ELECTED A MAJORITY OF DIRECTORS SUPPORTING THE SINGLE DESK. HE SAYS IF THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE WANTS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION OF GRAIN AND FARMER’S GRIAN PRICES, HE SHOULD CONSULT WITH FOMRER DIRECTORS OF THE WHEAT BOARD.  (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)
 
IVMAA SPRING TRAINING (MAR 5) -
THE INDUSTRIAL VEGETATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA OR IVMAA WILL BE HOLDING ITS SPRING TRAINING CAMP 2014 NEXT WEDNESDAY AT THE BLACK KNIGHT INN IN RED DEER. PRESENTERS AT THE IVMAA SPRING TRAINING CAMP INCLUDE DAN ORCHARD, AGRONOMY SPECIALIST WITH THE CANOLA COUNCIL OF CANADA, AG FIELDMAN ART PREACHUK, RAINMAKER COACH FRACES VANHOUTEN, HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENT DIRECTOR MICHAEL BROWN,  FOREST HEALTH OFFICER BROOKS HORNE, AND CONSULTANT CURTIS FORBES. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF YOUR LICENCING IS DUE, CUSTOM APPLICATORS CAN EARN FOUR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS, AND CERTIFIED ARBORISTS CAN EARN THREE CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS.

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 4 2014

 

NEO NICS (MAR 4) - THE CITY OF RED DEER IS LOOKING AT A NOTICE OF MOTION THAT WOULD BAN NEONICOTONOIDS AND RELATED PESTICIDES. THE NOTICE WAS FILED AT YESTERDAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING BY COUNCILLOR PAUL HARRIS.

HARRIS SAYS IT'S A DIRE SITUATION.

THE MOTION ALSO REQUESTS THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF URBAN MUNICIPALITIES OF ALBERTA AND THE FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES INCLUDE THE PROTECTION OF POLLINATORS IN THEIR DISCUSSION AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS AT THEIR COMMITTEES ON THE ENVIRONMENT. THE MOTION RETURNS TO RED DEER CITY COUNCIL FOR DISCUSSION MARCH 17TH.

GRAIN BACKLOG (MAR 4) - PRESIDENT OF THE ALBERTA FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE LYNN JACOBSON RECENTLY MET WITH FEDERAL TRANSPORT MINISTER LISA RAITT ABOUT THE GRAIN BACKLOG.
JACOBSON SAYS THEY GOT THEIR POINT ACROSS.


AGRI BUSINESS FOR MARCH 3 2014

 

COLD CALVES (MAR 3) - THE COLD WEATHER HAS BEEN EXTRA-TOUGH FOR CATTLE IN RURAL ALBERTA. DALE ERICKSON, WHO RAISES CATTLE AS A HOBBY, SAYS IT'S BEEN A PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT CALVING SEASON. THE S-P-C-A SAYS IT HAS RECEIVED DOZENS OF WEATHER-RELATED CATTLE COMPLAINTS SINCE DECEMBER, BUT THEY SAY THAT WAS ABOUT AVERAGE.

GRAIN WOES (MAR 3) - FEDERAL AGRICULTURE MINISTER GERRY RITZ SUGGESTS SHIPPING GRAIN SOUTH MAY NOT BE THE SOLUTION TO CLEAR THE BACKLOG THAT'S SITTING IN BINS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES.
SASKATCHEWAN PREMIER BRAD WALL HAS SUGGESTED IT MIGHT BE TIME TO LOOK AT SHIPPING GRAIN SOUTH THROUGH THE UNITED STATES INSTEAD OF EAST AND WEST TO CANADIAN PORTS. BUT RITZ SAYS THE RAILWAYS HAVE ARBITRARILY DECIDED THEY'RE NOT GOING TO RUN CARS THAT DIRECTION. RITZ POINTED OUT THAT WINTER ALSO HITS ACROSS THE NORTHERN U-S, AND THE RAILWAYS HAVE LARGELY BLAMED THE BACKLOG ON THE WEATHER.

RODEO (MAR 3) - IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT RODEO AND PRO RODEO CANADA HAS ANNOUNCED SOME NEW EVENTS FOR 2014.
RODEO ADMINISTRATOR KYNAN VINE SAYS IT STARTS SATURDAY MARCH 8TH.

ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED CAN BE FOUND AT RODEOCANADA.COM

AGRI BUSINESS FOR FEBRUARY 28 2014

 

PED UPDATE (FEB 28) - ALBERTA PORK HELD ANOTHER TELEPHONE TOWN HALL MEETING THIS MORNING TO UPDATE PRODUCERS AND INDUSTRY REPS ABOUT PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA, OR P.E.D. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DIALING IN FOR THESE SESSIONS. TODAY, DR. CHRIS BYRA TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUCK WASHING PROTOCOLS.


TRACEABILITY (FEB 28) -  THE CANADIAN PORK COUNCIL IS WELCOMING AN AMENDMENT TO CANADA’S HEALTH OF ANIMALS REGULATIONS. IT NOW REQUIRES SWINE TRACEABILITY AND MARKS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL SWINE TRACEABILITY SYSTEM. CANADIAN PORK COUNCIL CHAIR, JEAN-GUY VINCENT SAYS THE CPC HAS INVESTED SIGNIFICANT TIME AND RESOURCE IN PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CANADIAN SWINE TRACEABILITY SYSTEM AND LOOKS FORWARD TO HAVING THIS PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO PRODUCERS. IN A RELEASE THE CPC SAYS, PIGTRACE IS CONFIDENT THAT SUFFICIENT TIME HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO COMPLETE AND DELIVER ENHANCED ACTIVITIES FOR PRODUCERS AND WILL HAVE THE PROGRAM FULLY IMPLEMENTED IN ADVANCE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION DATE. THE PROGRAM IS ALSO EXPECTED TO PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN REDUCING THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF EMERGING DISEASES LIKE THE RECENT OUTBREAK OF PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA.  (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

ORDER (FEB 28) - ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT HAS ORDERED PONOKA-AREA POULTRY FARMERS HENK AND GERRY KRIJGER TO RESTORE A CROWN-OWNED LAKE. THE AGENCY CONTENDS THE LAKE WAS DRAINED ILLEGALLY.
THE PROVINCE SAYS WORK WAS DONE TO DRAIN A 51 ACRE LAKE ABOUT 10 KILOMETRES EAST OF PONOKA AND A SMALLER WETLAND. ACCORDING TO THE RED DEER ADVOCATE, THE KRIJGER'S SAY THEY DID NOT DRAIN THE LAKE AND IT SHRINKS SIGNIFICANTLY DEPENDING ON WHETHER IT IS A WET OR DRY YEAR. THEY SAY THEY UNDERTOOK WORK ON THEIR OWN LAND, NOT CROWN LAND. UNDER THE ORDER, THE KRIJGERS MUST RESTORE THE LAKE TO THE CONDITION IT WAS BEFORE UNAUTHORIZED WORK WAS DONE. THEY HAVE UNTIL MARCH 2015.

SUPPLY MANAGEMENT (FEB 28) - THE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA IS CRITICIZING CANADA’S DAIRY SUPPLY MANAGEMENT POLICY SAYING IT’S HURTING FARMERS AND CONSUMERS. CONFERENCE BOARD REPORT – CANADA’S REFORMING DAIRY SUPPLY MANAGEMENT : THE CASE FOR GROWTH – ARGUES THAT A REFORM PACKAGE WITH A NEW VISION FOR INDUSTRY GROWTH WOULD BE A WIN-WIN FOR CANADIANS.
IN A RELEASE, THE CONFERENCE BOARD SAYS SUPPLY MANAGEMENT COSTS CANADIAN FAMILIES ABOUT $276 A YEAR. IT ALSO FORCES CANADA’S MOST EFFICIENT PRODUCERS TO OPERATE IN THE RELATIVELY SMALL AND SLOW-GROWING DOMESTIC MARKETS. IT SAYS CANADA IS LARGELY SHUT OUT OF THE FAST-GROWING INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOR DAIRY PRODUCTS BECAUSE THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION CONSIDERS SUPPLY MANAGEMENT POLICY TO BE A FORM OF SUBSIDY. THE CONFERENCE BOARD ALSO SAYS THE SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IS SOMETIMES SEEN AS A HIDDEN TAX ON CONSUMERS. THE CONFERENCE BOARD WILL BE RELEASING ITS SUGGESTIONS FOR GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY NEXT WEEK.  (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR FEBRUARY 27 2014

 

FERAL HORSE ARRESTS (FEB 27) - MOUNTIES IN SUNDRE HAVE ARRESTED FIVE PEOPLE FOR MISCHIEF IN CONNECTION WITH THE INTERFERENCE OF A WILD HORSE CAPTURE SITE ABOUT 30 KILOMETRES WEST OF SUNDRE. POLICE SAY THE THREE WOMEN AND TWO MEN HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM CUSTODY AND WILL BE IN DIDSBURY COURT MARCH 31ST. THE PROTESTERS SAY THEY ARE DETERMINED TO CHANGE THE PROVINCES MIND ABOUT THE WILD HORSE CULL.  THEY SAY IF OVER POPULATION IS AN ISSUE, THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF CONTROLLING IT.
THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SAYS A LARGE NUMBER OF WILD HORSES IN THE AREA IS PUTTING PRESSURE ON FOOD SORCES FOR LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE.
 
GOAL MISSED (FEB 27) - ALBERTA IS LIKELY TO FALL WELL SHORT OF ITS GOAL TO REDUCE ITS WILD HORSE POPULATION BY ALMOST 200 ANIMALS WHEN PERMITS EXPIRE AT THE END OF THE WEEK. TWO LICENCES WERE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO CAPTURE UP TO 196 FERAL HORSES IN THE WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA AREA AROUND SUNDRE.
ONE OF THE LICENCE-HOLDERS SAYS THE ACTUAL NUMBER WILL PROBABLY BE AROUND 20. A SPOKESWOMAN FOR ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT SAYS THERE IS NO PLAN TO EXTEND THE CAPTURE SEASON AT THIS POINT. RANCHER BRYN THIESSEN SAYS HE'S ONLY CAUGHT THREE HORSES SO FAR DUE TO THE LATENESS OF THE PERMITS BEING ISSUED AND POOR WEATHER. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE FERAL HORSE POPULATION IS CONTINUING TO BALLOON AND NUMBERS NEED TO BE BALANCED TO ACCOMMODATE THE GRAZING NEEDS OF CATTLE AND WILDLIFE. ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT SAYS THE NUMBER OF HORSES IN THE SUNDRE AREA INCREASED TO 980 LAST YEAR FROM 778 THE YEAR BEFORE. THE HORSES ARE DESCENDANTS OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS USED IN LOGGING AND MINING OPERATIONS IN THE EARLY 1900S.