CONTEST CLOSED: Farm Progress Show tickets

Editor’s Note: Many, many thanks to everyone who entered, but as much as we wish we had free tickets for everyone, the contest is now closed. Our 50 winners can expect to be notified later today by email, and if all goes well, I’ll have the tickets in the mail by the end of the day. If you’re […] Read More

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Fast-track trade legislation passes U.S. Senate hurdle

Washington | Reuters – U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Senators voted 62-38 to give Obama a major victory and set up a speedy decision […] Read More

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, shown here at the G20 agriculture ministers' meeting Thursday in Istanbul, says Canada has yet to put in a "reasonable offer" toward a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. (USDA.gov via Flickr)

Canada risks being sidelined in TPP trade deal, Vilsack says

Istanbul | Reuters – Canada risks getting left behind in a 12-nation Pacific trade deal because it has been reluctant to negotiate opening its markets, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday. Vilsack also told Reuters that longstanding disagreements with Japan over rice exports would not threaten the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and that the U.S. […] Read More

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VIDEO: Women in Ag Conference: Pt. 2

Grainews field editor interviews venture capitalist Courtenay Wolfe

While we’ve all heard that networking is good for our careers, it can feel like an awkward chore. Venture capitalist Courtenay Wolfe shared her networking secrets at the Advancing Women West conference in Calgary. Reporter Lisa Guenther caught up with her to find out why effective networking looks more like socializing than selling, and why we shouldn’t let […] Read More

Trans-Pacific ministers’ meeting set for May 26-28

Mexico City | Reuters -- A ministerial meeting aimed at working toward a deal for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact has been set for May 26-28, the head of Chile’s trade body said on Thursday. “The meeting is agreed, from the 26th to the 28th of May,” said Andres Rebolledo, head of the […] Read More

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Producers, start scouting: stripe rust is spreading north

Producers in central Alberta — and even the Peace region — need to start scouting their winter wheat fields for signs of stripe rust

Stripe rust overwintering on three winter wheat fields in the Edmonton area is “concerning,” says a provincial winter wheat agronomist. “Last year, stripe rust overwintered in the central Alberta region, near Lacombe, Red Deer, and Olds, which was alarming because it really hasn’t overwintered in years,” said Janine Paly of Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Last year, […] Read More

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2015 crop input rebate roundup

Corporate rebate programs can make a difference to your bottom line, or at least give you a bonus cheque 

I’m sure you’ve seen most of this information in your mailbox at least once, but here’s a chance to see a rundown of all the input rebate programs in one place, to make it a little simpler to compare offers while you’re putting the final touches on your spring seeding plans. For the most part, […] Read More

VIDEO: Women in Ag Conference: Pt. 1

Grainews field editor interviews Gwen Paddock of RBC

When it comes to investing and financial planning, it’s important for women to be proactive. That was the message from Gwen Paddock, RBC Royal Bank’s national manager of agriculture and agri-business. Reporter Lisa Guenther caught up with Gwen at the Advancing Women West conference in Calgary to learn more.

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Winter wheat stripe rust update

Four Alberta counties reporting, fungicide applications may be necessary in some cases

Stripe rust on winter wheat has now been reported in the following counties: Cardston, Lethbridge, Lacombe, and Warner. Additionally, there was a report of potential stripe rust in the Edmonton area and there is some evidence that stripe rust overwintered in Alberta again this year. Frequent scouting of winter wheat fields across the province is […] Read More