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Security wear face masks at the Greeley, Colorado, JBS USA meat packing plant where two staff members had died of COVID-19, April 8, 2020.   Photo: REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo

Coronavirus infections at U.S. meat plants far higher than previous estimates, House subcommittee hears

Cases and deaths from COVID-19 among workers at the leading U.S. meatpacking plants were three times as high as previously estimated, according to a report by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis seen by Reuters. The subcommittee surveyed major meatpackers Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill, National Beef , and Smithfield Foods, which together control over 80 percent […] Read more

Ring-necked pheasants are one of the upland bird species that benefit from the habitat provided by rights-of-way and ditches.

New campaign will stand up for lowly ditches and hidden rights-of-way

These little-noticed strips of land provide wildlife habitat along with several environmental benefits

Reading Time: 2 minutes A ditch may not look like much — but for many game birds it’s a little strip of paradise in an otherwise hostile world. However, producers often decide to farm ditches and rights-of-way — a practice known as ‘trespass farming.’ But a conservation group called Pheasants Forever Calgary is hoping to change attitudes about this […] Read more

Dispose of old livestock medications safely

Reading Time: < 1 minute During the week of Oct. 25-29, producers can dispose of obsolete livestock, equine and poultry medications safely and securely at 20 locations in the southern half of Alberta. However, the drop-off at each location is for one day only (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) so producers should check the map at the ‘Unwanted agricultural […] Read more

Rejean Nadeau. (Photo courtesy Olymel)

Olymel CEO dies of ‘sudden’ cancer

Rejean Nadeau died Thursday at 71

The CEO of Canadian pork and poultry packer Olymel has died of a “sudden and virulent cancer” at age 71, his company reported Friday morning. Rejean Nadeau, the CEO of Sollio Co-operative’s meatpacking and processing arm since 1996, died Thursday at his home at Rougemont, Que., about 25 km south of St-Hyacinthe, Olymel said in […] Read more

An information label is seen on packaging for a CO2 cylinder for a fizzy drinks machine in Manchester, Britain on Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)/Phil Noble)

Britain tells its food industry to prepare for CO2 price shock

U.K. pays fertilizer maker CF Industries to reopen plants

London | Reuters — Britain warned its food producers on Wednesday to prepare for a 400 per cent rise in carbon dioxide prices after extending emergency state support to avert a shortage of poultry and meat triggered by soaring costs of wholesale natural gas. Natural gas prices have spiked this year as economies reopened from […] Read more

An information label is seen on packaging for a CO2 cylinder for a fizzy drinks machine in Manchester, Britain on Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)/Phil Noble)

U.K. meat industry warns of threat to supplies from CO2 crisis

CO2 shortage is caused by closure of fertilizer plants

London | Reuters — Some of Britain’s meat processors will run out of carbon dioxide (CO2) within five days, forcing them to halt production and impacting supplies to food retailers, the head of the industry’s lobby group warned on Monday. A jump in gas prices has forced several domestic energy suppliers out of business and […] Read more

A classic scene from Alberta Open Farm Days

A classic scene from Alberta Open Farm Days

Reading Time: < 1 minute SherryAnn (on left in hat) and Kurtis Hoogland (on the tractor) transported visitors on a “tour trailer” to show off their operation in Lacombe County. The Hooglands produce grass-fed lamb and beef and raise pigs and poultry on pasture. The first-generation farm family was participating in Open Farm Days for the first time, one of […] Read more

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Cargill, Continental Grain to buy chicken producer Sanderson Farms for $4.5 bln

Reuters – Commodities trader Cargill Inc and agricultural investor Continental Grain Co will buy chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc for $4.53 billion, the companies said on Monday, at a time when meat prices have been soaring due to strong demand. The deal would see Sanderson Farms, the third-largest poultry producer in the United States, join […] Read more

The Blair’s agro centre at Lipton, Sask. (

Co-op, Blair’s joint venture to sell one crop input centre

Regulator sees overlap between Co-op, Blair's at Lipton

A new joint venture formed to run seven existing crop input retail centres in central and southeastern Saskatchewan will settle for six. The federal Competition Bureau on Wednesday announced an agreement with Federated Co-operatives (FCL) and the ag retail arm of the Saskatchewan-based Blair’s Family of Companies toward approval of their proposed joint venture. Blair’s […] Read more