U.S. confectioners and beverage companies favour allowing more sugar imports from Australia.  Photo: File

TPP: Sugar, dairy and drugs remain as issues

Lahaina, Hawaii (Reuters) — Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs were preventing them from reaching an elusive final deal. Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would cut trade […] Read More

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Anthrax detected in northern Alberta

Two cases confirmed from two separate beef cattle farms in the Fort Vermillion area

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has been notified of confirmed cases of anthrax in two separate beef cattle farms in the Fort Vermillion area. Given these findings and recently confirmed cases in Saskatchewan, producers are reminded to be on the look-out for anthrax. The recent hot, dry weather has led to conditions that are favourable for […] Read More



U.S. livestock: CME live cattle futures finish mostly weak; hogs lower

Chicago/Reuters – Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts ended weak on Thursday, after investors sold deferred months and bought August led by near-term bullish fundamentals, traders said. August closed up 0.300 cent per lb at 145.225 cents, October down 0.025 cent at 146.450 cents and December 0.150 cent lower at 148.125 cents. Market-ready, or […] Read More



TPP — NZ wants dairy concessions from the U.S.

Lahaina, Hawaii, July 28 (Reuters) – The United States, Canada and Japan have to make concessions on dairy trade before a wider Pacific trade deal can be wrapped up, New Zealand’s agricultural trade envoy said on Tuesday. Mike Petersen, a farmer who represents the interests of New Zealand agriculture, said the dairy part of the […] Read More

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Help cattle cope with the three Bs of heat stress

If cows and calves aren't eating, overall performance and weight gains are down

I always feel sorry for beef cattle in an open field that cannot escape the hot summer sun. The other day I was driving a pasture with about 30 Black Angus cows and spring calves. Not a tree or waterer in sight. All the animals were crowded together, none were grazing and their calves were […] Read More



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U.S. livestock: Beef price turnaround rallies CME live cattle futures

Chicago/Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts finished in positive territory on Tuesday for the first time in five sessions, fuelled by active short-covering following the recent wholesale beef price rise, traders and analysts said. August closed 2.025 cents per lb higher at 145.050 cents, and October 2.825 cents at 146.800 cents. The morning’s […] Read More

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle finish flat-lower after choppy session

Chicago/Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts settled flat to moderately lower following an up-and-down day on Monday, after traders sold deferred contracts and bought August because of its discount to last week’s cash prices, traders and analysts said. Short-covering and the morning’s wholesale beef price uptick at times helped underpin the nearby trading […] Read More



There is always something new out there…The Ag In Motion farm show near Saskatoon this week was the “Pot of Gold” in terms of discovering what is new or is coming down the pipeline with new farm machinery, production technology and advances in crop development. Above, Leeann Minogue, editor of Grainews interviews, centre, talks with Kent Gulash, district sales manager with Dow AgroSciences about new DAS canola varieties that are entering the market this year, as well as other leading hybrid varieties still in development. Looking on is Loralee Orr, DAS communications leader. 

Ag in Motion: Photo gallery wrap-up

A few more final sights from Western Canada's Outdoor Farm Expo

There is always something new out there…The Ag In Motion farm show near Saskatoon this week was the “Pot of Gold” in terms of discovering what is new or is coming down the pipeline with new farm machinery, production technology and advances in crop development. Above, Leeann Minogue, editor of Grainews interviews, centre, talks with […] Read More