CP, CN book higher Q1 grain revenue, smaller grain handle — April 23, 2014

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First-quarter revenue from grain handling is up at both Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) Railways as the two companies both reported higher overall quarterly profit. CP on Tuesday booked overall first-quarter net income of $254 million on revenues of $1.509 billion for the period ending March 31 — the company’s best-ever Q1 result, […]


OAC’s Kemptville campus funded for skills training — April 22, 2014

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The Ontario government has put up $2 million to extend skills training programs at the Ontario Agricultural College’s (OAC) soon-to-be-shuttered Kemptville campus for the coming academic year. The province announced the funding Tuesday for the campus to continue to host skills training programs that “support the agricultural sector in eastern Ontario,” including the agricultural equipment […]


Pearce: Weather not the only story in Ont. fields — April 17, 2014

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The planting season always seems that much closer when the first meeting of extension staff with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and local retailers and advisers is held. It provides a first glimpse of the region’s wheat crop as it comes out of dormancy, and an assessment of local field activity, including planting […]


Scientists make ethanol without corn or other crops — April 10, 2014

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Washington | Reuters – Scientists said Wednesday they have developed a new way to make liquid ethanol efficiently without using corn or other crops needed in the conventional method for producing the biofuel. The scientists said their process turns carbon monoxide gas into liquid ethanol with the help of an electrode made of a form […]


New interswitching rules more punishment than policy: CN CEO — April 9, 2014

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Given recent federal moves to regulate Canada’s major railways into moving more grain, Claude Mongeau came to Winnipeg Wednesday feeling “a little bit like a general who lost the battle.” Speaking to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the CEO of Canadian National Railway (CN) said he was in town to make the case that “regulation […]


Bill to force railways to pay for poor service bound for Commons — April 7, 2014

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Reuters — Federal legislators on Monday amended a bill designed to ensure grain moves smoothly by rail by allowing the government to order railways to compensate shippers for poor service. The Canadian Transportation Agency currently has authority only to arbitrate matters on which the parties mutually agree. Railways can avoid paying compensation simply by refusing […]


Get grain piles safely binned before May, expert warns — April 7, 2014

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One of the Prairies’ top experts in stored grain’s circle of life is warning farmers to get piled or bagged crops up off the ground before next month. Last fall’s bumper harvest and this winter’s grain rail freight backlog have together left Prairie farmers without sufficient bin space storing crops in Silobags or Quonsets or […]


Mountie pursues stolen tractor on snowmobile — April 4, 2014

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RCMP at Blackfalds, Alta., north of Red Deer, have charged a 25-year-old man with theft and breaking and entering in the wake of a rural “mini-crime spree” and a wild, albeit geared-down, chase through snow-covered fields. CLICK HERE to read Alexis Kienlen’s story on the Alberta Farmer website.


Ontario’s ‘greener’ diesel mandate takes effect — April 3, 2014

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Ontario’s plan to ease its way toward mandatory minimum biodiesel content of four per cent in regular diesel is underway, starting with a two per cent mandate as of April 1. As announced Thursday, and running until the end of 2015, all fuel suppliers will be required to ensure the diesel they place in the […]


Sask. truck weight updates seen as farmers’ gain — April 2, 2014

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Saskatchewan’s move to streamline allowable truck weights for certain roads, effective April 1, is expected to benefit the province’s ag and resource sectors. For one, “the increase in weight for tridem drive B-train combinations on secondary-weight highways will help get product coming out of rural areas to market more efficiently,” Dave Marit, president of the […]