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Men wearing what look like military uniforms speak with a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) outside of the Senekal magistrate’s court at Senekal in South Africa’s Free State province on Oct. 16, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

South African white farmers, Black protesters face off over farm murder

Two suspected killers of farmer attend court hearing

Senekal | Reuters –– White South African farmers and Black protesters hurled abuse and threats at each other on Friday during a court hearing in a murder case that has exposed still simmering racial tensions 26 years after the end of apartheid. The killing of Brendan Horner, a white man whose body was found tied […] Read more

PaSu Farm has diversified its sheep operation by selling wool products in its gift shop, said owner Susan de Rosemond.

Agritourism sustains central Alberta sheep farm

Reading Time: 3 minutes Susan de Rosemond had three strikes against her when she decided to become a sheep farmer in the late 1970s. First, she was an immigrant. Second, she was a woman. And the killing blow? She wanted to be a sheep farmer in beef country. “When I went to apply for my mortgage, the bank managers […] Read more

Look past the current woes of African agriculture and you’ll see vast potential, says South African farmer 
Theo de Jager.

African farms are vastly different but share common bonds

Subsistence farming is still the norm in Africa, but agriculture is the 
key to changing its economic fortunes

Reading Time: 3 minutes Africa is a world apart but as in Canada, farming is increasingly being recognized as a key driver of economic growth. “There’s no other way to fight poverty than to create wealth,” South African farmer Theo de Jager told an international gathering of farm journalists here last month. “And there’s no other sector in this […] Read more

Judging from the number of calls that one Alberta rancher receives about Sussex cattle, there a lot of producers who would like to have a purebred bull like the one reporter Alexis Kienlen saw in South Africa.

There’s a lot to love about Sussex cattle — but try finding any

Sussex cattle thrive in countries as diverse as England, South Africa, and Australia, but haven’t made it to Canada

Reading Time: 3 minutes I recently toured a South African farm that is home to the country’s most highly valued Sussex bull — a beautiful stud that recently appeared on the cover of one of the nation’s leading agricultural publications. South Africa is in the worst drought in 100 years, so bad that cattle farmers in other provinces have […] Read more


Bayer to sell Liberty brands to get Monsanto deal passed

Frankfurt | Reuters –– Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto, it said on Monday. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission on Sunday, will account for the bulk of asset sales worth […] Read more

A bill allowing state expropriations of South African farmland now goes to President Jacob Zuma, shown here Wednesday at Africa Day celebrations in Cape Town, for his signature. (South African Government GCIS photo via Flickr)

South Africa’s parliament approves land expropriation bill

Johannesburg | Reuters — South Africa’s parliament on Thursday approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership, an emotive issue two decades after the end of apartheid. Most of South Africa’s land remains in white hands and many commercial and small-scale farmers are currently facing tough times because […] Read more

(Barry Wilmore photo courtesy NASA)

Global markets: Brazilian and South African economies

CNS Canada — The following is a glance at the news moving markets globally. BRAZIL’S ECONOMY EXPECTED TO CONTRACT ONCE MORE — Brazil’s economy is expected to contract three per cent this year, according to the country’s Central Bank, which surpassed analyst’s expectations of 2.97 per cent. The newest projections are the most negative the […] Read more

S. Africa’s proposed ban on foreign land ownership aimed at farms

Johannesburg | Reuters — A South African government proposal to ban foreign nationals from owning land will apply to farms, not residential property, a government minister was quoted as saying Tuesday. In his State of the Nation address last week, President Jacob Zuma said foreigners would be barred from owning land and South African citizens […] Read more