January 2013

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Maintaining Ag’s Positive Outlook There is optimism in the Canadian plant-based agriculture sector. Attitudes of farmers and the businesses that serve them are more positive than they have been in many years. Prices are strong and are forecast to s…

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People News Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced the reappointment of Elwin Hermanson as chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission and the reappointments of Bruce Johnson, Ken Motiuk and Glen Findlay as directors of the CWB, a…

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CSAAC Vigour Testing Vigour testing can be found in literature as early as 1876, when Friedrich Nobbe described it as “triebkraft,” a German word meaning “driving force.” Scientists have long searched for a way to describe the differences amo…

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PROVINCIAL P.E.I. Analytical Laboratories Amalgamates P.E.I. Analytical Laboratories has amalgamated its five labs into one facility located in Charlottetown. The lab provides analytical services for drinking water, surface water, wastewater, soil, f…

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An in-depth overview on the global seed industry. From a top-notch conference in Beijing to a successful seed convention in Buenos Aires. STATUS ISFThe International Seed Federation is organizing its 2014 ISF World Seed Congress in Beijing, China, in…

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Wheat is a Different Game“When I think about the future I can’t really predict it, but let’s look at what happened in soybeans and what might happen in cereals. It’s a different crop and the speed of putting biotech technology is in question,…

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How the rise of large-scale operations will affect the sale and distribution of seed and ways seed sellers can effectively market to this ever-growing group. According to the 2011 Census of Agriculture, the average farm size in Canada has increa…