Genetic precision and new modes of action a focus for Bayer

Genetic precision and new modes of action a focus for Bayer

Company aims to solve crop production, sustainability problems on farms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bayer is driving ahead with an array of investments designed to reckon with coming environmental, economic, and social issues in crop production.  Already spending approximately two billion Euros each year on agricultural science initiatives, the company is further emphasizing its investments in expectation of massive growth in several key areas – plant breeding, biotechnology, chemistry, […] Read more

When More is Not Better, by Roger Martin, was named one of the Financial Times’ top business books of 2020.

Dismissing big lever economic thinking

Economies change in unpredictable ways and so will agriculture, says business professor

Reading Time: 4 minutes The pursuit of efficiency in business has not produced the results that most people are looking for, says business professor and author Roger Martin. Martin, a professor emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, says that in complex systems like economies, not every direction has a healthy outcome and systems […] Read more

London agri-food hub gets funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute The federal government plans to invest $7.2 million in a hub for agri-food at the Western Fair District in London. The hub is called The Grove and is located in the buildings that once held events like the London Farm Show, across the street from the AgriPlex. The funds are coming from FedDev Ontario, the […] Read more

Alison Sunstrum helped build GrowSafe, a livestock performance measurement company.

Why investing in women in agriculture makes sense

A Canadian woman aims to create new routes to venture capital for agriculture and female startups

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mentorship, capital venture funding and technology are three key areas that have shaped Alison Sunstrum’s life. The CNSRV-X (Conserve-X) founder and CEO shared some of her insights into building ethical agriculture based businesses during the recent virtual Advancing Women in Agriculture conference . Why it matters: Mentorship can be critical for new businesspeople in order […] Read more

Bioenterprise sets up northern agri-food technology hub

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bioenterprise is setting up a northern Ontario agri-food technology hub with funding from the federal government’s Fednor agency. The $588,744 will allow Bioenterprise Corporation to target investment in agri-food in Northern Ontario. The program will provide more than 40 businesses with access to tools and resources to start up, scale up and commercialize new products. […] Read more


The Corn Plus plant is in Winnebago, Minnesota.

Greenfield buys U.S. ethanol plant

The closed Minnesota plant is the first foray into the U.S. for the Canadian company

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada’s largest fuel ethanol producer will acquire the 182 million litre per-year Corn Plus ethanol facility in Winnebago, Minnesota, marking Greenfield Global’s first plant in the U.S. The Corn Plus facility makes ethanol for the purpose of blending into gasoline and has been shuttered since September 2019. “This ushers in a new era of North […] Read more

AGCO appoints new CEO

Reading Time: < 1 minute AGCO’s long-time chief executive officer and chair of its board of directors is retiring and being replaced from within the company. Martin Richenhagen’s 16 years with the company have been a time of expansion and stability for AGCO and its main Massey Ferguson, Challenger and Fendt brands. Eric Hansotia, the company’s current senior vice president […] Read more

Poultry firm buys processing facility

Poultry firm buys processing facility

Reading Time: < 1 minute A growth-minded Toronto poultry and deli meat further-processing company has made a vertical move with a deal for a federally-inspected Niagara-area poultry slaughter plant. ADP Direct Poultry announced recently it has purchased Cami International Poultry, a slaughter and processing facility at Welland, Ont., for an undisclosed amount. “I’ve believed for years that vertical integration was […] Read more


Farm business plans could help farmers through trying times such as COVID-19, said Canada’s Digital Farm Show panelists including Heather Watson, Rob Hannam and Reg Dyck. The discussion was led by Tom Button of Country Guide.

Do you really need to write it down?  

Business plans aren’t real until they’re recorded and shared 

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farm business plans could be one of the tools to help farmers get through the pandemic instability of 2020. “COVID-19 has given us a year where we can see the benefits that business planning can bring,” said Tom Button, Editor of Country Guide during a round table discussion with three other panelists during last month’s […] Read more

Winfield United and Country Farm Seeds joining

Winfield United and Country Farm Seeds joining

Reading Time: < 1 minute WinField United Canada and Country Farm Seeds are joining forces to provide Canadian farmers and agriculture retailers with an expanded seed portfolio. The combined offering will bring together the size and scale of WinField United Canada, located in Saskatoon, with the local seed production capabilities of the Country Farm Seeds brand and C & L […] Read more