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TPP talks without U.S. near final stretch

Urayasu, Japan | Reuters — The 11 remaining nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States edged toward sealing a comprehensive free trade pact after New Zealand agreed to amend laws that are not subject to TPP, to enable its ban on foreign home purchases. The pact aims to eliminate tariffs on industrial […] Read more

End of Sask. harvest on the horizon, field conditions drier than average

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending October 23

Harvest has all but wrapped up for producers in the province as 99 per cent of the crop is now combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. There are still some crops such as flax, soybean and sunflower left to be combined. Harvest weather was favourable for much of the fall, allowing producers to […] Read more

Five farm bookkeeping systems

Unless you hire it out or do it the old-fashioned way with a pencil and a ledger, every farm business needs a software solution for bookkeeping. In honour of the “back to the books” feeling that comes with autumn, this is a survey of farm bookkeeping software on the market today. It’s not absolutely necessary[...]
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Group seeking soybean processor

This group is getting Manitoba ready to attract a soybean processing plant to the province

It’s been an active year for a leadership group in Manitoba that is trying to attract a soybean processing facility. Westman Opportunities Leadership Group (WOLG) is a strategic leadership and advisory group comprised of Manitoba farm, business and civic leaders. The group is not working to build a soybean processing facility, but is trying to[…]
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Xplornet to buy NetSet

A rural broadband provider serving over 500 Manitoba municipalities and communities is set to be absorbed into one of Canada’s biggest rural operators. Xplornet Communications announced Monday it has signed a deal to buy the internet access business of Brandon-based NetSet Communications. Financial terms of the deal for the privately-held Manitoba company weren’t disclosed, except[...]
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tax returns

Ottawa scraps plans for new limits on capital gains

The federal finance ministry has backed away from proposed plans for new limits on capital gains exemptions, over concerns of “unintended consequences” for businesses such as farms. Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Thursday announced the federal government “will not be moving forward with measures that would limit access to the LCGE (lifetime capital gains exemption),”[...]
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Sask. harvest mostly complete, topsoil, subsoil moisture levels low

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending October 16

Harvest is essentially complete for producers in the province, with 98 per cent of the crop now in the bin, up from 94 per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2012-2016) average for this time of year is 94 per cent harvested. There are still some crops, such as[…]
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Case IH introduces the Trident 5550

This applicator is designed for 
quick-change between liquid 
and dry product

At a product debut event in Boone, Iowa, marketing staff from Case IH pulled the wraps off the brand’s all-new, multi-product applicator, the Trident 5550. It was designed specifically to accommodate a relatively quick body change, converting from a sprayer to a dry spreader and back again with minimum effort. “We had three guys working on it[…]
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