Ontario offers cash for abattoir upgrades

Applications now being accepted through April

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario’s 123 provincially-licensed abattoirs can now start applying for a piece of $2 million in federal/provincial funding to step up food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare measures. The Ontario and federal governments on Wednesday announced applications for cost-share funding can be submitted between now and April 30, “as long as funding for the initiative is […] Read more

Today’s precipitation

Reading Time: < 1 minute Data 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 WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps […] Read more

Grain vessels backing up at West Coast

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Vessels waiting to ship grain off Canada’s West Coast are backing up as blockades across the country slow rail traffic, according to reports tracking grain movement. Railway blockades have sprung up at a number of locations across the country over the past two weeks, as protestors express solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposing […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola values stuck in a range

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canola prices came off of the long weekend in the green, but quickly gave back those gains at midweek, remaining stagnant and rangebound. While rail blockades across the country have hampered rail activity and backed up grain shipments, cold weather has slowed down farmer movement for canola. That has insulated canola prices from […] Read more



CBOT weekly outlook: Commodities hold up while waiting on China

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — There’s no doubt commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade have struggled since the coronavirus outbreak in China, but the situation could be worse, a trader said. “I personally think the markets… are holding up pretty well with all of the negative news,” said Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodities in Barrington, Ill. Some […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat, corn ease after rallies

Chicago soybean futures firm

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat and corn futures fell on Wednesday on profit taking from the previous session’s strong rally, grain dealers said. Bargain buying pulled the grain contracts from their session lows ahead of the close. “Yesterday was probably a little overdone in the wheat market,” said Jim Gerlach, president of Indiana-based A/C […] Read more


Fraser: In ag marketing, emotions need to start trumping facts

Emotional transparency 'actually goes a long way'

Reading Time: 3 minutes Go to an agricultural event and someone will inevitably point out how bad farmers are at getting their message to consumers. As annoying as it is, those comments underscore an increasingly important theme in Canadian agriculture: communication. It used to be enough to grow and market your crops, but that has changed dramatically over the […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat futures rally, pull corn higher

Chicago soybean futures weaken

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures surged 4.5 per cent on Tuesday, their biggest gain since May, as cuts to the harvest outlook in Australia bolstered prospects for U.S. exports, traders said. The rally in wheat, which closed near session highs as technical buyers entered the market after the early strength, underpinned the corn […] Read more