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Input Capital takeover falls through

Input says U.S. buyer to walk away, pay termination fee

The Regina company that brought “streaming” to the Prairie canola marketing business is considering its other options now that a friendly cash bid from a U.S. suitor has been taken off the table. Input Capital said Thursday that Washington, D.C.-based investment firm Bridgeway National, which in August proposed to buy Input for about $96.15 million, […] Read more

Funds’ long position up in canola ahead of selloff

MarketsFarm — Fund traders continued to add to their large long positions in canola during the week ended Tuesday, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed money fund traders, as of Tuesday, were holding a net long position in ICE Futures canola of 61,936 […] Read more



Cream of Wheat maker to buy Crisco line from Smucker

Shortening, cooking oil brand goes to B+G Foods

The U.S. company behind the Crisco brand of cooking oils and shortenings is selling that product line to the maker of Cream of Wheat cereal and Green Giant vegetables. New Jersey-based B+G Foods announced Monday it will buy the Crisco product lines from Ohio-based J.M. Smucker for about US$550 million (C$725.1 million). The sale includes […] Read more



Fund traders grow long positions in canola, U.S. futures

MarketsFarm — Fund traders were on the buy side in grain and oilseed markets during the week ended Tuesday, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed money fund traders as of Tuesday were holding a net long position in ICE Futures canola of 56,705 […] Read more



China denies ‘coercive’ diplomacy with Canada

Envoy again urges release of Huawei executive

Ottawa | Reuters — China on Thursday denied it had taken two Canadian men hostage, and repeated a call for the release of a Huawei Technologies executive held in Canada who faces extradition to the United States amid a long-running diplomatic dispute. Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese citizen, was arrested in Vancouver […] Read more


Farmer and activist Percy Schmeiser, 89

Thorn in Monsanto's side also the subject of a new major film

Funeral services are to be held and livestreamed Saturday for Prairie farmer, businessman and activist Percy Schmeiser, best known for his ultimately unsuccessful court battles with the company behind Roundup Ready canola. Schmeiser, who farmed at Bruno, Sask., about 90 km east of Saskatoon, died Tuesday at age 89. According to Saskatchewan media, he had […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola firm at midweek

MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts have steadied after slipping slightly following Canada’s Thanksgiving long weekend, with nearby attention on speculations rolling positions out of the front month. The nearby November contract closed Wednesday at $526.10 per tonne, gaining slightly after incurring losses the day prior. Market participants adjusting positions ahead of the November contract’s […] Read more