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Plant-protein processor’s new processing plant gets grant

Feds, province put up cash for new equipment

The federal and Manitoba governments have added a seven-figure contribution to their support for a new facility to process plant proteins from canola and peas. Merit Functional Foods will put the additional money toward “new equipment purchases that will support the transformation of raw inputs into value-added goods.” The unspecified new technology is expected to […] Read more

Subsidy for grain dryer upgrades in Alberta draws critics

Concerns are being raised over a new program for grain drying being offered to Alberta residents. The federal and Alberta governments recently announced Alberta farmers seeking to make grain dryer improvements will have access to funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Efficient Grain Dryer Program aims to cover costs for energy efficiency improvements to […] Read more



Deere to lay off 163 U.S. workers as trade war dents demand

Chicago | Reuters — Deere and Co. on Tuesday announced indefinite layoffs for 163 U.S. manufacturing workers at plants in Illinois and Iowa that make agricultural, forestry and construction equipment, citing decreased customer demand. The layoffs come week after the company said it would reduce production by 20 per cent at its facilities in Illinois […] Read more


PHOTOS: Grainews practical testing team heads to Minnesota

When ASV launched a new compact track loader model, Grainews put it through its paces at the company’s proving grounds

In late May, Grainews machinery editor Scott Garvey and online editor Greg Berg headed south to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to attend the official launch of ASV’s newest compact track loader (CTL), the VT-70 High Output. Grand Rapids is home to the brand’s assembly plant and proving grounds. While they were there, the Grainews team also […] Read more

ASV claims the new RT-25 is the smallest compact track loader currently on the market.

Two new track loaders from ASV

Compact and mid-size machines debut this winter from Minnesota-based brand


Minnesota-based ASV has introduced two more compact track loaders (CTL) to its product line, the very small RT 25 Posi-Track, and the much bigger RT-65 Posi-Track. The RT-25 is designed for working in very tight spaces. The brand claims it’s the industry’s smallest sit-in CTL, and that a machine of that design is safer and […] Read more


Climate change has U.S. fund managers adjusting agriculture investments

New York | Reuters — After historic floods devastated Midwestern agricultural states this spring, some fund managers are evaluating how climate change will affect the long-term value of companies that make or sell products ranging from tractors to fertilizer. The issue is not simply the unpredictability of weather. Instead, fund managers say, they are struggling […] Read more

The Badrys' conveyor system includes wet and dry bucket elevators as well as a GSI VersaLoop round tube conveyor connected to the bins for long-term storage.

Making a case for on-farm drying

One Alberta farmer sees a return on grain dryer investment

The old adage, it never rains but it pours, is one that farmers can certainly identify with. Over the last decade of growing seasons, prairie farmers saw several years with average annual rainfall amounts so far above average it actually had some farmers buying equipment to allow them to return to tillage practices. This year […] Read more


John Deere introduced the new 344L articulated loader that also offers rear wheel steering for improved manoeuvrability.

New loaders and skid steers from JD

John Deere offers more models with features suited for on-farm duties

Earlier this year, John Deere added a new pay loader to its construction equipment line, the 344L. But this one was also designed to appeal to farmers as much as contractors, according to the brand. And it offers what Deere describes as “industry exclusive features.” Just what are those features? The most obvious difference on […] Read more