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U.S. grains: Soybeans rebound from 10-year low

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose roughly two per cent on Wednesday, rebounding a day after the most active contract fell to a 10-year low as the harvest of a likely record-large U.S. crop got under way, analysts said. U.S. wheat futures climbed on technical buying and tightening global supplies, while corn futures […] Read more


Norway to upgrade ‘doomsday’ seed vault

Oslo | Reuters — Norway plans to spend 100 million Norwegian crowns (C$16.1 million) to upgrade a doomsday seed vault on an Arctic island built 10 years ago to protect the world’s food supplies, the government said on Friday. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is meant as a natural deep freeze to back up the […] Read more




The generosity and commitment of Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project participants is outstanding, says Terence Barg (right), shown here with Ken Pohl, organizer of the Farming with Horses growing project (and owner of this vintage John Deere-Van Brunt seed drill).

Group wants to help new farmers find success

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank enjoyed another year of stellar support from Albertans — and every dollar of the $2.6 million raised in the province in 2015 was put to good use. “There is a lot of need,” said Terence Barg, one of the Foodgrains Bank’s two co-ordinators in Alberta. The organization, a partnership of 15 […] Read more


The federal government is matching donations to the Syria Emergency
 Relief Fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Canadians urged to help displaced Syrians

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is encouraging Canadians to take advantage of a federal government program that doubles their contribution to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. Ottawa will match every dollar donated by individuals to registered Canadian charities in response to the conflict in Syria up to a total of $100 million. “We welcome the extension of […] Read more



Russia-Turkey tensions stymie new wheat deals

Reuters — Political tension between Russia and Turkey has put a brake on new wheat deals between the two countries and created uncertainty about existing agreements, traders said Thursday. Relations between Russia, one of the world’s largest wheat exporters, and Turkey, the largest buyer of Russian wheat, have quickly deteriorated after Turkey shot down a […] Read more

From left to right, Joanne Thomsen, Cor Abma, and Gladys and Irvin Kalke with some of the operators of the 20 combines (not all of which were green) at the Leduc and District Growing Project for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Perched on the seat of a picnic bench brought into the pasture for the big lunch, Gladys Kalke considered the question for a few moments: What do you think when you read about humanitarian disasters around the globe? “Look at all those refugees from Syria coming into Germany, how do you feed and care for […] Read more