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Saskatchewan to incentivize rural vet techs

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Saskatchewan plans to clear a few new paths for veterinary technologists and veterinarians in training to take up work in underserved rural areas. The province on Tuesday announced the two-year registered veterinary technologist program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic will offer a distance delivery option, starting this fall, for vet techs to train in rural and remote areas. Eight students will be accepted for the fall intake on the new option, whereas the vet tech diploma program usually…
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Cargill shuts Ontario chicken plant against COVID

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Agrifood firm Cargill is seeking slaughter space for Ontario chickens at other processors after temporarily closing its London poultry packing plant Tuesday against an outbreak of COVID-19 among workers. The company said Tuesday it was "taking this step out of an abundance of caution as our local workforce deals with the community-wide impacts of COVID-19." CBC on Tuesday quoted a company representative as saying 82 active cases involve employees at the London plant, which reported a…
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ICE weekly outlook: For canola, the only certainty is volatility

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MarketsFarm -- After starting this week with losses, canola bounced back with back-to-back gains, raising prices by more than $20 per tonne for old-crop after falling back $4-$5 on Monday. Errol Anderson, an analyst with ProMarket Communications in Calgary, emphasized there will be a good amount of volatility in the markets, with wide swings possible from day to day. “Part of it is the amount of liquidity that’s pouring into these markets,” he said, as funds awash in money…
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Pulse weekly outlook: Seeding numbers may exceed USDA expectations

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MarketsFarm -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) prospective plantings report, delivered March 31, provided a mixed bag for pulse growers in that country as far as the numbers are concerned. Some analysts, however, believe the actual acres seeded will top USDA’s projections. Increasing demand from China, India and a recovering domestic market have raised hopes for additional pulse acres. Despite ongoing competition from high-priced crops such as corn and canola,…
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CBOT weekly outlook: Tight old-crop supplies keep soy, corn strong

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MarketsFarm -- Soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade posted solid gains during the week ended Wednesday, with the widening inverted spread between old-crop contracts and new-crop months a feature. "Commercials are buying any dips they can," Sean Lusk of Walsh Trading said of the market. With the nearby months trading at a premium to the deferred contracts, "the inversion is telling the trade that supplies are tight." Farmers with any soybeans or corn still left…
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U.S. grains: Futures rally on weather concerns

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. wheat, corn and soybean futures rallied on Wednesday, supported by concerns that a cold snap in the U.S. Midwest and Plains could hamper crop development, traders said. Chicago Board of Trade corn gained 2.4 per cent to hit its highest since June 2013. Wheat futures posted the biggest increases, with CBOT soft red winter wheat futures up 2.9 per cent, while Kansas City hard red winter wheat rose 3.2 per cent. "Cold surge next week poses spotty wheat…
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U.S. livestock: Cattle futures fall on rising feed costs

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Chicago | Reuters -- CME Group cattle futures fell on Wednesday on concerns about rising feed costs as soybean, wheat and corn futures soared, traders said. Fund selling also weighed on the cattle market. The most-active June live cattle futures contract has closed lower for five days in a row after setting a fresh high during the session on Thursday last week. Hog futures firmed on technical selling and good export prospects. The benchmark June lean hogs contract rose 1.5…
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Compensation programs hatched for feather sectors

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Long-awaited programs to make up for market share lost to imports under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact are set to roll out to Canada's chicken, egg and turkey farmers. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and caucus colleagues on Tuesday announced the specific contents of her previously-pledged $691 million, 10-year compensation funding envelope: a Poultry and Egg On-Farm…
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Agropur to shut Winnipeg fluid milk plant

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Dairy co-operative Agropur will consolidate its fluid milk production for Western Canada further west this fall, as it moves to shut its operation in Winnipeg. The Quebec-based co-operative announced Tuesday it will close its Winnipeg fluid milk plant effective Sept. 24 -- affecting 48 jobs -- and transfer that work to plants at Edmonton, Victoria and Burnaby. "Unfortunately, the level of investment required to maintain the plant's competitiveness in the coming years was becoming too…
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