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For 40 years, Grainews and Les Henry have shared ag research with farmers

Looking back on Les Henry’s 40 years of Grainews columns causes me to reflect on how most things have improved in Prairie agriculture, though a few haven’t. I got my start as first field editor of Grainews in 1976, around the same time as Les started writing his columns. One of my first stories was on the proper […] Read more



Grainews founder John Clark dies in Winnipeg

ohn Clark, the founder and first editor of Grainews, passed away Jan. 18 in Winnipeg at age 81. Born in Regina, John spent much of his early life in Kamsack, where his father Stan worked for Canada Malting. John went into plant science at the University of Saskatchewan where he received a master’s degree with […] Read more




Editors’ Picks: Viterra not seeking AWB, yet

Speculation in Australia’s business media that Canada’s largest grain company may make a play for the former Australian Wheat Board is so far just speculation, according to Viterra’s CEO. AWB Ltd. agreed late last month to an A$855 million (C$799 million) all-stock takeover bid by its larger Australian rival, GrainCorp. The companies’ wedding is seen […] Read more


Editors’ Picks: Triffids return to British TV

As Canadian government and industry officials attempt to get the genetically modified flax variety Triffid out of the system so shipments can resume to Europe, British TV viewers are being reminded of the sci-fi creature of the same name. This week the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) concluded airing a new two-part made-for-TV adaptation of the […] Read more



Editors’ Picks: Agricultural analysis goes animated

A four-minute animated adaptation of a 62-page report on food security from Japan’s agriculture ministry has become a “minor YouTube hit,” according to the U.S. magazine BusinessWeek. Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) recently commissioned Tokyo design studio Groovisions, which has previously developed visuals for MTV in Japan, to develop a MAFF report, […] Read more