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Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods profit beats estimates

Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods reported a quarterly profit that squeezed past estimates as lower operating costs and increased pricing more than offset a fall in volumes in its meat products business. The company, whose brands include Schneiders and namesake Maple Leaf, recently completed a program started in 2010 to boost earnings by shutting […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME hogs settle mostly weak on month-end positioning

Chicago / Reuters – Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog contracts closed weaker on Friday, after a volatile session highlighted by  investors squaring positions on the final trading day of the month, trader said. August hogs finished up 0.125 cent per lb to 68.975 cents. October ended 0.150 cent per lb lower at 59.050 cents and December down 0.075 cent to […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Slumping cash prices sink CME hogs to four-month low

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Thursday settled near their lowest since late-March 2013, dragged down by weaker cash prices before some plants shut down on Monday for an annual industry floater holiday, traders said. One packer was closed on Thursday, and possibly on Friday, for repairs, which limited its need for supplies, a Midwest hog merchant […] Read more

Close up view of the working bees on honeycells.

Leading insecticide cuts bee sperm by almost 40 per cent

The world’s most widely used insecticide is an inadvertent contraceptive for bees, cutting live sperm in males by almost 40 per cent, The Guardian in the UK is reporting. Citing research led by Lars Straub at the University of Bern, Switzerland, the report says neonicotinoid pesticides were found to cut the lifespan of the drones […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME hog futures biggest one-day loss in seven months

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday slumped nearly four per cent, their biggest daily decline since mid-December 2015, pressured by day’s steep wholesale pork price drop and further cash price weakness, traders said. August hogs finished 2.925 cents per lb lower at 71.675 cents. October ended 2.575 cents per lb lower at 61.050 cents. Cash hog prices […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Beef price bounce extends CME live cattle futures gains

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures gained for a third straight session on Tuesday, fueled by technical buying and the day’s wholesale beef price turnaround, said traders. August live cattle closed 0.925 cents per lb higher at 113.875 cents, and above the 40-day moving average of 113.30 cents. October settled 1.500 cents higher at 112.575 cents and over […] Read more

Wheat seedlings growing in Petri dishes

Report discusses disseminating agricultural research

The Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) says the next suite of Growing Forward programs should include funds dedicated to communicating about research to the general public. Its 2016 Conference Report (the Report), which summarizes the need for the agricultural sector to better disseminate research results to producers, farmers, industry, academia, consumers and among the research […] Read more

The Diefenbaker Bridge over the North Saskatchewan River in Prince Albert, Sask.  Photo: Carolyn Carleton / Wikimedia Commons

Husky oil spill hits Prince Albert water supply; farmers also scrambling for alternative sources for livestock

Reuters – An oil leak from a Husky Energy Inc pipeline into a major Canadian river has forced a second city in the province of Saskatchewan to stop drawing drinking water, officials said on Monday, widening the impact and cost of the spill. The heavy oil and diluent leaked from Husky’s Saskatchewan Gathering System pipeline on […] Read more