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Gene-edited chickens planned in bid to halt next pandemic

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London | Reuters -- British scientists are developing gene-edited chickens designed to be totally resistant to flu in a new approach to trying to stop the next deadly human pandemic. The first of the transgenic chicks will be hatched later this year at the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said Wendy Barclay, a professor of virology at Imperial College London who is co-leading the project. The birds' DNA has been altered using a new gene editing…
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Railways ration space as commodity congestion problems worsen

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Winnipeg | Reuters -- Canada's two major railways are rationing space on trains traveling to the country's biggest port and recently prioritized some commodities over others to deal with congestion, the latest indication of their struggle to meet demand from new trade deals. That move prompted Canada's transport regulator last week to start an investigation into rail services…
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Data and maps from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the [Read more]

Brazil ag minister eyes indigenous land for commercial farming

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Brasilia | Reuters -- Brazil should open indigenous land to commercial farming, Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said on Friday, while also seeking to soften many of President Jair Bolsonaro's controversial stances on native people and the environment. Farmers form a key base of support for right-wing firebrand Bolsonaro who since taking office Jan. 1 has placed pro-agribusiness policies at the center of his agenda. Activists warn his government's positions would strip away…
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Flea beetles top Manitoba’s 2019 watch list

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Cold temperatures hitting Manitoba won't do much to hurt flea beetles overwintering, leaving the pest as a major concern for canola farmers heading into spring. Flea beetle numbers were quite high in Manitoba in 2018, making them "probably at the top of the list of (insects) to watch out for this year," said John Gavloski, extension entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture. "They seem to overwinter quite well, even in very cold winters," Gavloski said, and "even if we get bitter cold…
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U.S. grains: Renewed optimism for China trade talks lifts grains

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn and soybean futures rose for a third straight session on Friday in a broad commodities and equities market rally sparked by renewed optimism about U.S.-China trade talks. Wheat edged upward along with corn and soy, but shed gains late in the day as traders pocketed profits fueled by media reports highlighting potential progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Rumours of large-scale U.S. grain purchases by China riled markets this week, but…
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U.S. livestock: Hogs rise on hopes for China trade talks

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Chicago | Reuters -- Hopes for progress in talks to resolve the U.S.-China trade war lifted Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures on Friday, traders said. Wall Street and commodities advanced after Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that China offered to go on a six-year buying spree to ramp up imports from the U.S. in order to reconfigure the relation between the world's two biggest economies. Beijing imposed duties on imports of U.S. pork, soy…
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Alberta’s PED outbreak so far held to one spot

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The probe into Alberta's first-ever outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea hasn't yet shown any paths by which the PED virus might have got to the farm -- nor any new cases anywhere else in the province. The provincial government on Jan. 7 confirmed the first case of PED to appear in hogs in Alberta, at a 400-head farrow-to-finish operation at an unnamed location. The PED virus (PEDv) is a coronavirus which, once introduced in a herd, causes vomiting, watery diarrhea and dehydration in…
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Canola trade on edge over China tensions

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Canadian canola exports to China face some uncertainty as concerns mount that political tensions between the two countries could spill into trade. The back-and-forth tariff dispute between the U.S. and China, and resulting decline in Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans, originally led to ideas that Canada would pick up some of the slack with increased canola movement. However, the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in December 2018 and the subsequent detainment of two…
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Feed weekly outlook: Prairie prices stable during mild winter

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With the mild winter Western Canada has been experiencing, feed grain buyers expect prices should stay quiet for the next while. "I would say the buyers have adequate coverage for January, February, even a bit of March. And I would say we maybe have seen the (barley) price soften up a bit," said Nelson Neumann, grain trader with Agfinity at Stony Plain, Alta. Over the past week, Agfinity saw the feed barley price in the Lethbridge area weaken to the mid-$250s range, from $260 per tonne…
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