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Pandemic planning leads to staff cuts at Agropur

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Dairy co-operative Agropur's "business continuity" plan against the COVID-19 pandemic calls for job cuts and layoffs for about three per cent of its total workforce. Longueuil, Que.-based Agropur announced Thursday it will eliminate 60 positions and temporarily lay off another 200 employees, all from its Canadian operations. In the "unprecedented context" of COVID-19, Agropur said in a release, its "priority is to maintain its dairy manufacturing and distribution operations, which…
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U.S. firm buys remaining stake in DOT Technology

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The U.S. precision ag manufacturer holding the controlling stake in a made-in-Canada self-guiding farm equipment platform has made a deal to buy up the balance. Raven Industries, which last November bought an undisclosed majority ownership share in DOT Technology -- with an option to buy the remaining stake in the following 10 years -- announced an agreement Monday to buy that remaining "noncontrolling interest." Sioux Falls, S.D. -based Raven said Monday its latest move is a "further…
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Feed weekly outlook: Barley, wheat remain firm

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MarketsFarm -- Prices for feed barley and wheat have firmed up across the Prairies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said trader Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. However, he also noted corn prices have fallen due to the steep decline in the U.S. ethanol industry. The Saudi Arabia/Russia crude oil price war put enormous pressure on U.S. ethanol prices. Added to that, consumer demand has fallen sharply because of the pandemic. "Barley and wheat probably don't…
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U.S. livestock: Hog futures drop to 3-1/2 year low

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. hog futures dropped to a 3-1/2 year low on Thursday while cattle tumbled as recession concerns and surging U.S. unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic triggered broad liquidation across the battered livestock markets. Both live and feeder cattle and lean hogs dropped by their daily trading limits for a second straight session, sending most live cattle contracts and all lean hog contracts to new life-of-contract lows. Beef and pork prices have been…
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U.S. grains: Wheat tumbles on weak export sales, recession fears

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. wheat futures fell for a fourth straight session on Thursday, extending prior-day losses that were the worst in 7-1/2 months as weak U.S. export sales data stoked concerns about the coronavirus pandemic destroying demand. Soybeans and corn ended mixed as early short-covering and spillover support from sharply higher crude oil prices faded, and traders turned their focus to potential demand contractions amid a firming U.S. dollar and worries about a global…
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Farming deemed essential in new federal pandemic guidance

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Workers in agriculture and supporting industries are on a new federal guidance list of employees considered "essential to maintain the health, safety, security and economic well-being of Canadians" amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on Thursday released a new guidance document, "Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic,"…
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Alberta’s provincial meat inspectors to train for federal duty

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Provincial meat inspectors in Alberta could soon be seconded to federally inspected packing plants under a new work-sharing arrangement between the province and Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The federal and Alberta governments announced Wednesday they would partner to "increase food inspector capacity" in the province and thus "ensure the continuous operation of Alberta's food supply chain." Training is to begin "soon" that would allow provincial meat inspectors to be deployed into…
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COVID-19 and the farm: Stories from the GFM network

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COVID-19 has added an unprecedented level of uncertainty and disruption to the agricultural communities we serve. Throughout this crisis, Glacier FarmMedia is leveraging the strength of its farm news network to help you stay up to date on developments important to your family and farm. Look here for links to all the coverage provided by our publications. These are difficult times. We hope our efforts to keep you informed about the impact on agriculture are helpful. – Laura Rance,…
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ICE weekly outlook: Canola loses strength at midweek

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MarketsFarm -- ICE Futures canola contracts succumbed to pressure from comparable vegetable oils at midweek, after showing strength earlier in the week. Ken Ball of P.I. Financial said lower soyoil values put canola "under tremendous pressure." Nearby soyoil contracts were down by about a penny on Wednesday. Earlier in the week, rumours swirled regarding the possibility of a renegotiated trade deal between Canada and China. That sparked some trading activity and provided some…
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