“It was easy to do because the technology was already there.” – Bryce Eger, president of Corteva Canada.

Corteva at two

Company manages through pandemic while building old and new brands

Reading Time: 3 minutes The emergence of Corteva two years ago from the merger of Dow Agrosciences and DuPont put a new player on the agriculture stage — a company focused on agriculture that had to merge different cultures and product brands. Corteva recently turned two and Bryce Eger, president of Corteva Canada, talked with Farmtario about the evolution […] Read more

Ontario company buys second autonomous power unit

Reading Time: < 1 minute Haggerty AgRobotics has purchased its second OmniPower unit to provide autonomous farming operations in Ontario. “Labour shortage concerns within our local growers have really elevated the need for more automation and robotics on the farm,” said Chuck Baresich, president of Haggerty AgRobotics. Haggerty Creek Ltd., an established company delivering grain and crop input needs for […] Read more

Thrive’s Greybeard Cannabis shop near Jarvis.

Farm gate cannabis shops open

Farm shops create opportunities for outreach to community

Reading Time: 3 minutes Selling produce from a farm gate is nothing new for many farmers, but they soon will be joined by their cannabis-growing neighbours. The inability to sell cannabis from the farm gate has been a sore spot for cannabis producers who want to supply more boutique types of the product from the farm. Why it matters: […] Read more

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