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Insurance customers’ contact info dropped into MASC email

Crown crop insurance agency warns of privacy breach

Reading Time: < 1 minute A contact list of crop insurance customers at Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. has gone out via email to several dozen of the Crown ag insurance agency’s customers. MASC on Monday said a file containing names and contact information of an unspecified number of AgriInsurance clients was “attached in error” to an email sent last Tuesday […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans end fractionally lower amid China trade woes

Corn pulls back on fair weather; wheat slips as U.S. harvest gets underway

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures closed fractionally lower after a choppy session on Monday as brokers weighed pressure from rising U.S.-China trade tensions against news of fresh U.S. soybean sales to the Asian country, traders said. Corn fell on an above-average planting pace and fair weather forecasts across the Midwest that should support […] Read more

Thailand’s ban on two ag chemicals troubles farmers, industries

Paraquat, chlorpyrifos added to 'Type 4' list

Reading Time: 2 minutes Bangkok | Reuters — Thailand enforced a ban on Monday on two agricultural chemicals widely regarded as toxic to humans, prompting claims from farmers they will face losses, while environmental campaigners welcomed a step toward sustainability. Many countries have already prohibited paraquat, a broad-spectrum herbicide, and chlorpyrifos, an insecticide. Some 10 million farming households in […] Read more

Canola supplies in commercial pipeline tighten

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canola supplies in the commercial pipeline fell below a million tonnes for the first time in more than seven months, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data, amid solid exports and a slowdown in farmer deliveries. Total visible canola supplies of 815,200 tonnes, as of May 24, were down 24 per cent […] Read more

Fund traders add to short positions in canola, corn

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Fund traders added to net short positions in canola and corn while reducing their net long in soybeans, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The net managed money short position in ICE Futures canola came in Tuesday at 38,810 contracts (5,349 long/44,159 […] Read more


Federal ag supports ‘too little, too late’ for mushroom growers

Timing of programs for TFWs, surplus food purchases leaves aid out of reach: CMGA

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa — Members of Parliament sitting on the committee dealing with agricultural issues continue to hear concerns over the federal government’s response to COVID-19. During the Commons standing committee on agriculture and agri-food’s online meeting Wednesday, representatives of the Canadian Mushrooms Growers’ Association raised “grave concerns” over the support CMGA members have received. CEO Ryan […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans slide on China tensions

Midwest weather poses risks for wheat

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures fell on Friday as escalating U.S.-China tensions over Beijing’s proposed restrictions on Hong Kong dampened markets after a week of gains. Three sources told Reuters China may reduce U.S. agricultural imports if Washington issues a severe response to Beijing’s push to impose national security laws on […] Read more

Plant protein processor backed for expansion

Lenders arrange up to $85 million for Merit Functional Foods

Reading Time: 2 minutes The money has been lined up to fund a major expansion for a Winnipeg pea and canola protein processing plant that’s still being built. Merit Functional Foods Corp. announced May 4 it has secured a debt financing package of up to $85 million from “a syndicate of lenders” including Export Development Canada, Farm Credit Canada […] Read more


Rite Way proposes to buy Morris Industries

Regina farm equipment maker draws up letter of intent

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cash-crunched seeding equipment maker Morris Industries has been handed a letter of intent to purchase, from a Saskatchewan suitor with a farm equipment company of its own. Calgary consultancy Alvarez and Marsal said in a report Tuesday it received a letter of intent for a “proposed sale transaction” from Superior Farms Solutions Ltd. (SFSL), the […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, wheat up as weather, currency spark short-covering

Hong Kong row tempers hopes of China demand for U.S. soy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures jumped on Thursday to a five-week high as a weaker dollar, forecasts for hotter, drier weather in the Midwest corn belt and a further rebound in ethanol production triggered bargain buying and short-covering by managed funds. Wheat futures also rallied on expanding dryness across the Plains wheat belt […] Read more