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

Nutrien potash mine idled despite rail strike’s end

Reading Time: 2 minutes Plans by the world’s largest ag inputs provider to temporarily idle its biggest potash mine in view of the Canadian National Railway strike will proceed, even as CN goes back to work. Saskatoon-based Nutrien announced Monday it “will be forced to curtail production” at its Rocanville, Sask. mine due to the CN rail strike. The […] Read more

McCain to dial up fry production in New Brunswick

Reading Time: 2 minutes The company behind about a quarter of the world’s frozen French fries plans to ramp up demand from New Brunswick potato growers with a line capacity upgrade at its recently expanded plant there. McCain Foods announced Aug. 27 it will put up another $12 million to add capacity to its Florenceville, N.B. plant’s French fry […] Read more

GrainsConnect hops aboard P+H port terminal project

Reading Time: 2 minutes Updated Jan. 4, 2019 — Winnipeg grain firm Parrish and Heimbecker’s plans for a new West Coast port terminal again have a joint venture partner. Calgary-based GrainsConnect Canada, itself a joint Prairie grain handling venture between Australia’s GrainCorp and Japan’s Zen-Noh Grain, announced Wednesday it now has a formal 50-50 partnership agreement with P+H to […] Read more

G3 plans new Edmonton-area grain elevator

Reading Time: 2 minutes Grain handler G3 Canada has announced its third move into Alberta, with plans for an elevator near Morinville, about 25 km north of Edmonton. The Winnipeg company said Thursday it will start construction “shortly” at its chosen site just west of town, connecting to Canadian National Railway (CN) track on the north side of Highway […] Read more


Nutrien steers potash recovery as BHP waits in wings

Reading Time: 3 minutes Winnipeg/London | Reuters — Canada’s Nutrien, the world’s biggest potash miner by capacity, has helped engineer a surprising price rebound for the fertilizer by idling capacity. Now the trick will be keeping prices from appreciating too much to ensure a major would-be competitor, BHP Billiton, stays on the sidelines. BHP has been weighing an entry […] Read more

Mosaic idles Saskatchewan potash mine

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Fertilizer producer Mosaic Co. has idled production at its Colonsay, Sask. potash mine for the rest of 2016, and temporarily laid off 330 workers, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Potash prices are hovering around the lowest levels seen in a decade, amid excessive output capacity and delays in setting annual supply […] Read more