Canterra, Limagrain plan cereal breeding j.v.

Canada’s recent moves to tighten protections of plant breeders’ rights are getting the credit for encouraging a new private-sector joint venture in cereal seed development for the Prairie market. Canterra Seeds and French farmer co-operative Limagrain on Thursday announced they would further tie up their wheat variety commercialization work through a new joint seed breeding […] Read More

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PotashCorp says can address K+S concerns about tie-up

Frankfurt | Reuters — Canada’s PotashCorp said it was confident of addressing concerns raised by K+S over its 7.9 billion euro (C$11 billion) takeover proposal for the German potash miner, giving K+S’s stock a boost. K+S rejected PotashCorp’s proposed bid as too low on Thursday, saying its suitor could be planning to dismantle and shrink […] Read More

Not much late-afternoon sun was penetrating the smoke in the skies Thursday in Winnipeg. (Dave Bedard photo)

Smoke provides cover to dry Sask. fields, real clouds preferred

CNS Canada –– Over 100 forest fires burning in northern Saskatchewan — and the resulting smoke cover — may be bringing a little relief from dryness to growers further south. But silver linings are tarnished at best, as a dry outlook for July means the province won’t move past its drought concerns anytime soon. Forest […] Read More

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U.S. wheat futures seen stalling

CNS Canada –– U.S. wheat futures posted solid gains over the month of June but appear to be stalling out in the early days of July as the market looks for more fresh supportive news. “The bull needs to be fed every day, and right now it’s not getting anything to keep it going,” said […] Read More

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White House directs U.S. GMO regulators to update oversight

Reuters — The White House on Thursday directed the three U.S. agencies that oversee biotech crop products to improve and modernize their regulatory “framework” to boost public confidence in a system that critics call a failure. The order, announced in a statement by President Barack Obama’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, followed demands by […] Read More


K+S rejects PotashCorp takeover offer as too low

Frankfurt | Reuters –– German potash miner K+S rejected PotashCorp’s 7.9 billion-euro (C$11 billion) takeover bid Thursday, saying it was too low and the Canadian suitor could be planning to dismantle the company, putting jobs at risk. K+S, owner of the Morton Salt brand, said the proposal lacked firm commitments to protect the more than […] Read More


ConAgra Foods to exit struggling private label business

Reuters — ConAgra Foods, the maker of Slim Jim beef jerky and Chef Boyardee pasta, said it planned to exit its struggling private label foods business as it seeks to boost profit margins and focus on its faster growing consumer foods segment. ConAgra CEO Sean Connolly, who joined in April, said on the company’s earnings […] Read More