Briefs: Monsanto recognized as top employer

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Monsanto Canada, which is headquartered in Winnipeg, has been selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in Mediacorp Canada Inc.’s annual survey of Canadian businesses. This is the fifth time in the past six years that Monsanto has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

In a release, Mediacorp said Monsanto scored highly for health and family-friendly benefits, its training and skills development programs. Its community involvement is “exceptional” giving Monsanto the highest A+ grade possible. The company also ranked high (A) in the areas of work atmosphere and communications, and employee engagement.

French soft wheat stocks may hit lowest level in 13 years

paris / reuters French soft wheat stocks at the end of this season are now forecast to be the lowest in at least 13 years.

Soft wheat ending stocks in 2012-13 are expected to fall to 1.8 million tonnes, largely because of increased exports. That figure is below the benchmark figure of 2.2 to 2.3 million tonnes that is believed to be needed to avoid supply shortages.

Exporters are taking advantage of high wheat prices, says Michel Ferret, head of markets at farm agency FranceAgriMer.

“In this context it was logical to raise the export target,” he said.

Barley organizations funded

MP Steven Fletcher, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, has announced funding of more than $525,000 to the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre, the Malting Industry Association of Canada, and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute to develop a Canadian malt barley brand.

A government release said funds will be used for product testing and evaluations on new malting barley varieties, the current year’s harvest, and on cargo shipments to highlight the attributes of the current Canadian crop for international customers.

The funds are part of the $88-million AgriMarketing Program, part of the Growing Forward policy framework.

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