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Guenther: Indigenous ag summit cultivates global ambition

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Elmer Eashappie is an idea man. And on his mind today is an agricultural summit connecting First Nations groups worldwide to network and learn, all under the umbrella of Canadian Western Agribition. And that idea is closer to reality than one may think. Eashappie, an Agribition board member, is chairman of the Indigenous Agriculture Summit, an event now in its second year running concurrently with Agribition in…
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Prairie farmers reluctant to sell into canola cash market

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CNS Canada -- Prairie farmers are reluctant to sell into canola cash markets, in turn supporting basis levels recently as buyers have to work to entice farmer selling. "I think farmers are patient; they are not selling this market when you see minor dips," said Jerry Klassen, manager for Swiss-based GAP SA Grains and Products in Winnipeg. "In the first half of the crop year, there is not really a panic here to sell." Current Canadian canola cash prices range from about $8.90 to…
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Peas seen gaining strength in second half of export year

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CNS Canada -- Prices for Canadian green and yellow peas stand to increase as the 2014-15 export year rolls along, in part due to weather damage from excess moisture as well as continued demand from Asia, according to an industry-watcher. ā€œIā€™m more optimistic for yellow peas just because we can really see strong demand later on in the year that will lift those prices,ā€ said Chuck Penner, chief analyst for LeftField Commodity Research in Winnipeg. According to Prairie Ag…
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IGC raises forecast for 2014-15 global corn crop

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London | Reuters -- The International Grains Council on Thursday raised its forecast for the 2014-15 world corn (maize) crop, reflecting an upward revision to production in China. Global corn production was forecast to total 982 million tonnes, up from a previous forecast of 980 million and just shy of the prior season's record 984 million tonnes. "The bulk of the 2014-15 Northern Hemisphere (corn) crop is now harvested and, with better than average yields in many countries, the…
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Bird flu outbreak in India caused by strain humans can contract

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Paris | Reuters -- A bird flu virus found in India this week is the H5N1 strain that can be transmitted to humans, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Thursday. However, the organization said it was not concerned about the situation, because India had faced outbreaks of the virus before. No human case has been reported since at least 2003. India has found thousands of dead ducks infected by a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala,…
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French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings

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Paris | Reuters -- French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern -- that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According…
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Russia may consider floating tariff on grain exports as last resort

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Moscow | Reuters -- Russia, a key wheat exporter to North Africa and the Middle East, may consider imposing a floating tariff on grain exports as a measure of last resort to defend the domestic market in 2015, its deputy agriculture minister said Thursday. Russia shocked grain markets in 2010 when it banned grain exports to cover domestic needs after a drought. The resulting global price growth contributed to social unrest in some of the regions that receive Russian…
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Hidden stocks keep canaryseed rangebound

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CNS Canada -- The visible supply-and-demand fundamentals for canaryseed in Western Canada may appear tight -- but actual price activity may say otherwise. Canada's 2014 canaryseed crop was estimated at 138,800 tonnes by Statistics Canada in its October report, which compares with the 131,000 tonnes grown in 2013. The government agency has not released recent ending stocks estimates for the crop, as reported exports of 164,000 tonnes during the 2013-14 marketing year would have…
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Prairie temperatures continue colder

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The layout of WeatherFarm's maps of Prairie daytime highs and overnight lows continued more or less the same but a few degrees colder Wednesday. Daytime highs in northeastern Saskatchewan, northwestern Manitoba and the Winnipeg area stuck in the -20 to -22 C range on Wednesday, while highs in the Peace region were reported in the -11 to -13 C range. The Lethbridge area reported highs of up to -1 C. Overnight lows in much of northern agricultural Saskatchewan dropped to the -30 to -35 C…
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Hi-Pro buying, shutting Lethbridge feed mill

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The livestock feed business in southern Alberta is set for consolidation as feed miller Hi-Pro Feeds moves to buy, then close, a fellow feed mill. Hi-Pro, the former feed milling business of grain handler Viterra, announced Wednesday it's bought New-Life Mills' Lethbridge feed plant for an undisclosed sum, will hire three New-Life employees and will shut the plant effective Dec. 1. In business since 1964, New-Life, the feed milling arm of agrifood firm Parrish and Heimbecker, also…
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