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Minogue: Silicon Valley, Saskatchewan style

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Jordan Dutchak is bringing Silicon Valley's working style to Saskatchewan agriculture. This weekend software developers, engineers, students and entrepreneurs will team up with farmers and ag professionals in Saskatoon at Emerging Agriculture, the first Canadian agricultural hackathon, where they hope to develop cutting-edge solutions to agricultural problems. The idea of a "hackathon" originated in the tech sector, where it's common for teams of professionals to work together in marathon…
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Farm websites earn national honours

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Farm Business Communications' ventures in cyberspace have earned national honours for the Winnipeg farm publishing house at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The awards, presented Thursday in Toronto in an event organized by Canadian media magazine Masthead, go to websites in three divisions: Blue (scholarly, farm, business-to-business), Red (consumer) and Green (news media). Four of Farm Business Communications' online titles -- Grainews.ca, WeatherFarm, AGCanada.com and…
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Plus-side temperatures push eastward

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Temperatures broke above freezing Thursday across much of the western Prairies, with daytime highs reaching +6 C at Fort St. John, B.C. and Lethbridge, Alta. and +5 C in the Maple Creek, Sask. area. Temperatures fell off well below freezing at points further east, however, as WeatherFarm stations across much of eastern Saskatchewan reported highs Thursday of just -9 C. Stations east of Winnipeg reported highs around -11 to -13 C. Overnight lows around Fort St. John dropped to -4 C;…
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Canadian Forage and Grassland Association short of funds, and a manager

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The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) set up five years ago to help Canada's struggling forage and grassland industry is struggling itself, but vows to carry on despite a shortage of funds and the resignation of its executive director, Ron Pidskalny. "Nobody is saying we're going to have to shut it down," CFGA chair and Irricana, Alta., rancher Doug Wray, told the association annual meeting here Nov. 19. Pidskalny, who took on the job as part of his consulting business,…
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U.S. grains: Corn, soy rebound from two-week lows on exports

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn and soybean futures jumped as much as two per cent on Thursday, rebounding from two-week lows reached in the previous session, in a rally tied to technical buying and renewed export demand for the crops. Chicago Board of Trade corn rose for the first time in five sessions, while soybeans snapped a two-session streak of losses. Futures extended gains after the U.S. Agriculture Department said exporters sold more than 100,000 tonnes of each crop to…
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Argentina sees wheat harvest of 12 million tonnes

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Buenos Aires | Reuters -- Argentine farmers will harvest 12 million tonnes of wheat in the 2014-15 crop year, the agriculture ministry said in its monthly report Thursday, issuing its first wheat crop estimate of the season. Argentina's 2013-14 wheat harvest was 9.2 million tonnes, according to official data. "Losses have been seen in parts of Buenos Aires and southeast Cordoba provinces due to excessive rain and hail storms," the report said. "Southwest and southeast Buenos…
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Battling graft, China to overhaul grains import quota system

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Beijing | Reuters -- China plans to revamp the scheme it uses to allocate quotas for agricultural imports, as part of efforts to stamp out corruption and to rein in record state grain stockpiles, according to government and industry sources. The low-tariff quotas, which are sanctioned under China's membership of the World Trade Organization, are allocated to state-owned and private firms in the world's top grain consumer. With Chinese grain prices among the highest in the world,…
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Ceiling still far off for rising feed barley market

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CNS Canada -- Feed barley prices in Western Canada have climbed steadily higher over the past few months and have more room to go, before strong prices inevitably make U.S. corn imports more attractive. "The feed barley market is hot," said Jerry Klassen, manager for Swiss-based GAP SA Grains and Products in Winnipeg. Aadverse weather over the growing season, logistics issues and the smaller barley crop were all contributing to the strength, he said. "The barley fundamentals…
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U.S. livestock: CME hogs fall on profit-taking; live cattle end mixed

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Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs closed lower Thursday on profit-taking and fund selling that erased Wednesday's gains, traders said. December closed down one cent per pound at 90.775 cents, and February 0.75 cent lower at 90.9 cents (all figures US$). Anticipation of weaker-trending cash and wholesale pork prices stirred bear spreads, which consisted of investors who sold the December contract and simultaneously bought back months. Hog supplies are…
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Obama to offer deportation relief to 250,000 farm workers, union says

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Washington | Reuters -- U.S. President Barack Obama's immigration reforms would lift the threat of deportation for at least 250,000 undocumented people who work on U.S. farms, Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers union, said Wednesday after meeting with Obama. "We were pleased to learn from the president today that at least 250,000 farm workers (and at least 125,000 California farm workers) will be eligible for deportation relief under his executive action,"…
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