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Massive global stockpiles of corn, soybeans, wheat, and other commodities mean low prices and gloomy times in the U.S. — but it’s a different story north of the border.

Sheltered from the storm — Canadian farm sector doing well

Low dollar and a robust demand for pulses, canola, and 
specialty crops has spared Prairie producers from troubled times

As the U.S. enters a dark period for its farm economy, there’s cautious optimism in the Canadian agricultural outlook. “The net income and the overall situation in the United States is not looking good,” said Craig Klemmer, senior agricultural economist with Farm Credit Canada. “When we look at the net income expectations for 2016, there’s […] Read more


Switzerland asks voters not to ban farm derivatives trade

Zurich | Reuters –– Switzerland’s government on Tuesday urged voters to reject a campaign to ban trading in agricultural derivatives, saying the well-meaning attempt to alleviate world hunger would not succeed and only jeopardize Swiss jobs and tax revenue. The “No Speculation with Food” initiative is subject of a binding referendum on Feb. 28 under […] Read more

“Maybe the time has come to say we’ve got to get serious and we’ve got to get things done differently.”    – Jerry Bouma.

NOT WORKING: Alberta’s food processing industry needs a big fix

If the province wants a vibrant food industry, it will ‘have to do things differently,’ says expert

Alberta’s food-processing industry faces a grim future without a “disruptive intervention,” says an agri-food industry veteran. “Current approaches toward innovation and growth — particularly in the food industry here in Alberta — are not working,” said Jerry Bouma of Toma & Bouma Management Consultants. “If we seek success and want to grow this industry, we’re […] Read more