corn cobs with mould growth

Do not feed mouldy corn to dairy cattle

Mould count tests are inexpensive, but their usefulness is limited, since most moulds are not poisonous

Last year’s weather was not particularly kind to growing corn on the eastern Prairies. A late spring planting, cold weather in July, and topped off by a cloudy fall created millions of bushels of corn that was not initially dry enough for storage. Some of this wet corn was dried down and augered into a […]


CME Group to cut staff by five per cent — October 14, 2014

CME Group, the world’s top derivatives marketplace, has announced plans to cut about 150 jobs, or five per cent of its staff worldwide, mainly from its technology department. The staff cuts come as part of the company’s previously announced restructuring, which included a decision earlier this month to cut its electronic trading hours for CME […]


FBC earns seven Canadian Farm Writers’ awards — October 7, 2014

Staff and contributors at Winnipeg ag publishing house Farm Business Communications, operators of this website, have brought home seven national awards for their work from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF). The CFWF, which held its annual conference Oct. 2-5 in Charlottetown, presented a total of 42 awards in 14 categories at its banquet Saturday […]


Sun Media set to sell Ontario Farmer — October 6, 2014

Long-running weekly ag journal Ontario Farmer is among the titles on the block in Sun Media’s planned sell-off of its English-language Canadian newspapers. Sun Media, Canada’s biggest newspaper publisher and an arm of Montreal media and telecom giant Quebecor, announced Monday it plans to sell all 175 of its English-language daily and weekly newspapers and specialty titles to […]


Ont. farmers to get tax credit for donated food — September 30, 2014

Ontario farmers who donate products or livestock to community food programs such as food banks and school nutrition programs can now expect an income tax credit in return. The province on Monday unveiled its Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers, which it bills as the only one of its kind so far in Canada. Farmer […]



Canada, EU wrap free trade talks — September 26, 2014

The ratification process can get underway on a Canada/European Union free trade deal now that negotiations have formally concluded, the federal government announced Friday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, European Council president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso released the negotiated text of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in […]


Japan, U.S. remain apart in trade talks, dealing blow for TPP — September 25, 2014

Washington | Reuters – Japan and the U.S. failed to make progress in bilateral talks, both sides said on Wednesday, dealing a blow for hopes of sealing an ambitious multilateral trade deal this year. “Japan made a flexible proposal, but we weren’t able to make further progress,” Trade Minister Akira Amari told reporters on Wednesday […]


Canada/Korea trade pact’s final text signed — September 22, 2014

Now signed and sealed, a trade pact that’s expected to level the playing field for Canada’s agrifood export sectors in South Korea is waiting on implementation. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Korean President Park Geun-hye formally signed off on the free trade agreement’s final text at a ceremony Monday in Ottawa, three months after the […]


EU food producers set for more cash to help with Russian ban — September 17, 2014

Brussels | Reuters – EU officials are drawing up new measures to help food producers hit by a Russian ban on agricultural imports and will publish them over the coming days, the European Commission said. Moscow in August imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the U.S., the European Union, […]