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Shutting down small hog operations in China and moving production to large farms could result in a herd reduction that is the equivalent of almost the entire herd in the United States. This would drastically affect supply in the Asian country and in markets such as this one in Beijing.

The long-term African swine fever implications

Some analysts think the effect on the Chinese swine herd could be catastrophic

Analysts think African swine fever could destroy China’s hog herd, forcing it to significantly increase meat imports. African swine fever is about to unleash the most profound changes in meat and feedgrain markets that farmers will see in their lifetime, says a market analyst. Shawn Hackett, president of Hackett Financial Advisors, said a “pandemic of […] Read more

Cole Powers, left, Benjamin Davies and Michael Wu are three of four founders of IntelliCulture.

Bringing fleet analytics to agriculture

Waterloo startup looks to create app to harvest and analyse farm equipment data

Cole Powers says that farmers should have access to scalable agriculture data technology, with a low barrier to entry. He and three fellow fourth-year University of Waterloo students are working to create an app for farmers to help them efficiently collect data and then make efficiency recommendations on their farms. Historical data can help determine […] Read more

Deere cautious on 2019 profit after recently missing fourth quarter estimate

The company is hoping replacement demand and good crops will increase sales in 2019

Chicago | Reuters – Deere & Co on Nov. 21 gave a cautious profit forecast for fiscal 2019 after missing quarterly earnings estimates amid a U.S. trade battle with China that has depressed local farm commodity prices and hurt agriculture equipment demand. The world’s largest tractor manufacturer remained optimistic about prospects for the U.S. farm […] Read more

When eggs at the Trillium Hatchery are ready to hatch, they are moved to a system where the new chicks drop through to a cleaner area than has been usual in a hatchery, reducing need for antibiotics.

Quality chicks, reducing antibiotics drive new hatchery

Trillium Hatchery has a capacity of 20 million chicks per year, with room to expand

Having dropped from their eggshells directly onto a clean floor with immediate access to feed and water, the first chicks from the brand new Trillium Hatchery made their way onto Ontario broiler farms during the first week of November. A Nov. 13 official ribbon-cutting at the 70,000 sq. foot Stratford facility marked the second opening […] Read more

Flash freezing is one of the services offered at the OAFVC.

Tips from a successful food incubator

Trissia Mellor, agriculture manager for the Northumberland County economic development and tourism department, said the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) was designed for growers who would like to pursue new product directions for their crops but cannot afford to build such a facility on the farm. The facility is based in Colborne. What is available […] Read more


Edgar Ramirez, of Pleasant Valley Hops, and Kris Mattucci of the OAFVC pour ground-up hops cones into a pelletizer.

The value of a local food incubator

Northumberland and area farmers have grown their businesses thanks to a multi-service food processing facility

When Northumberland County opened its Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) in 2015, it didn’t know if the farmers who supported the concept in studies and surveys would use it. Three years later, the centre is used by numerous farmers and businesses and it has helped them take their business to another level. Why it matters: […] Read more

Canadian honey producers are challenged by adulterated imports.

Faking it – the great honey robbery

Canadian producers are forced to react as the burgeoning trade in counterfeit honey threatens to upend their industry

The surge of counterfeit honey into global honey supplies has been devastating for Canadian beekeepers. “It’s been twisting my hand because I can’t stay here,” said Tim Wendell of Wendell Honey in Saskatchewan. “I don’t know if the price is coming back or how long it’s going to take. It always has come back, but […] Read more

“Succession planning may not be as big a deal as some people think it might be. It’s definitely a long process … it’s important to know where each other’s mind is at.” – Angus MacLaughlin.

Three approaches to farm succession success

Frank discussion and a gradual approach have helped these families with their farm transitions

The reality of just how capital-intensive farming can be becomes apparent when it’s time to pass on the business — the next generation needs capital to get in and the retiring generation needs to take it out to fund retirement. Why it matters: The experiences of three families shows that the right risk-mitigating investment strategies […] Read more


Cover crops are one of the ways that soil health can be enhanced.

Donation to boost soil health outreach

Donors aim to make sure best soil health information reaches farmers

The University of Guelph marked World Soil Day by announcing a $500,000 donation for soil health outreach in Ontario. The donation was made by Lillie Ann Morris, who has worked for more than four decades in agricultural advertising sales, Glacier FarmMedia, publisher of Farmtario and the agricultural division of information communications company Glacier Media Inc., […] Read more

Nutrien eyeing expansion of nitrogen plants

CEO Chuck Magro says building up existing assets is the most cost-effective way to capitalize on rising prices

Reuters – Nutrien, the world’s biggest crop nutrient producer by capacity, is looking at expanding several nitrogen fertilizer plants in North America due to rising prices, chief executive officer Chuck Magro said last month. Nitrogen prices have climbed as China’s shutdown of coal-fired plants and rising European costs of natural gas, a key ingredient in […] Read more