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Bayer plans more cost cuts, impairment charges

Pandemic now expected to hit crop science wing

Berlin | Reuters — German drugs and chemical company Bayer announced plans on Wednesday for more than 1.5 billion euros (C$2.34 billion) of cost cuts as of 2024 and said it would take impairment charges on its agricultural business as it battles with low commodity prices. Bayer said that the impact of the coronavirus on […] Read more

Country Guide in 2014 profiled Milligan Biofuels, whose Foam Lake, Sask. facility is shown here with the company’s first executive manager, local farmer Zenneth Faye. (Photo for Country Guide by Carol’s Photography)

Canola biodiesel processor in receivership

An eastern Saskatchewan biodiesel processor using growers’ heated, green, spring-harvested, tough and otherwise off-spec canola for feedstock is in receivership. Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench on Thursday appointed Calgary-based insolvency trustee Hardie and Kelly as the receiver for Milligan Biofuels, which operates at Foam Lake, about 90 km northwest of Yorkton. Alberta’s Crown lending agency […] Read more

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Bunge leaves door open to selling itself

Reuters — Bunge Ltd. kept the door open on Wednesday to a sale of the company as it reported a 34 per cent drop in quarterly earnings and cut its full-year outlook, but its chief executive officer predicted a grains market rebound that would reverse the slide. CEO Soren Schroder said planned cost cuts should […] Read more

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Cargill said restructuring, cutting jobs

London | Reuters –– Cargill Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held corporations, has launched a restructuring that includes job cuts, one company source and four industry sources said Friday, the latest casualty of a downturn in the farm economy. The 150-year-old company, a top commodities trader, is also closing offices, two of the […] Read more

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Monsanto slashing 2,600 jobs, buying back shares as sales fall

Reuters — Monsanto, one of the world’s largest seed and agrichemical companies, said Wednesday that it was slashing 2,600 jobs and restructuring operations to cut costs in a slumping commodity market. The company, which said it expected low prices for agricultural products to squeeze results well into 2016, also reported a much wider quarterly loss […] Read more