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File photo of a chickpea crop in India. (Nikhil Patil/iStock/Getty Images)

India to let farmers sell produce directly to traders, retailers

Current system seen reducing farmer bargaining power

New Delhi | Reuters — India is to allow farmers to sell produce directly to bulk buyers such as trading companies, food processors and large retailers, the farm minister said on Wednesday. This would obviate the need for farmers to bring their produce to India’s more than 7,000 regulated wholesale markets and let buyers buy […] Read more

Protesters wearing yellow vests, the symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher diesel prices, occupy a roundabout in Cissac-Medoc, France on Wednesday. The slogan in pink reads “Urgent, purchase power, dignity for all.” (Photo: Reuters/Regis Duvignau)

France delays food price rise for farmers after protests

Paris | Reuters — France, reeling from violent protests over the cost of living, said Wednesday it will delay a planned rise in minimum food prices, incurring the wrath of the main farmers group which urged street action next week. A powerful constituency in French politics, farmers have long complained of being hit by a […] Read more


The legalization of cannabis is expected to create thousands of new jobs — from production workers to office staff. Shown here is an Ontario marijuana facility.  (Photo: Reuters/Blair Gable)

Ontario delays start date of retail cannabis sales

Toronto | Reuters — Ontario’s newly elected Tory government said Monday it will delay the start date of recreational marijuana sales in the province and will allow private retailers to sell cannabis rather than government-run stores. Ontario will allow private retailers to sell recreational marijuana starting on April 1, officials from the province’s Progressive Conservative […] Read more

WinField United Canada will operate out of Saskatoon, serving about 60 independent ag input retailers. (LandOLakesInc.com)

Mergers spawn expanded supply network for input dealers

A wholesale buying network set up by and for independent Prairie crop input retailers, against a rising tide of industry consolidation, is now growing through consolidation. The Prairie retailers, who in 2010 set up Grow Community of Independents to collectively build up their retail and agronomic offerings, are now independent members of a new entity, […] Read more


Prairie ag retailers band together

Reading Time: < 1 minute A group of independent ag retailers from the Prairies have banded together under the banner of AgLink Canada. The 14 businesses include three from Alberta — Agro Plus of Lethbridge; Agro Plus Solutions of Dunmore; and McEwens Fuels and Fertilizers of Fort Saskatchewan. AgLink Canada will be allied with AgLink Australia, which is a collective […] Read more

(AgroGuys.com)

Richardson buying two Alberta crop input retailers

Two independent crop input retailers in northeastern Alberta will become part of Richardson Pioneer’s ag retail chain starting Friday. Richardson on Monday announced it will buy Webb’s Crop Services Ltd. at Vermilion and Agro Guys Inc. at Forestburg, about 165 km southwest of Vermilion, for undisclosed sums. Both deals are expected to close Thursday, with […] Read more


RFA CEO Bob Dinneen, shown here last March in New Orleans, has said the group is optimistic for biofuel’s prospects under a Trump administration. (EthanolRFA.org)

White House denies Trump order on biofuels program

Reuters — The White House on Tuesday denied that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to issue an executive order to change the national biofuels program, after the U.S. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said Trump’s team had informed the group an order was pending. Trading in U.S. refinery shares, fuel futures and corn prices was turbulent […] Read more