Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Unless you’re part of the U.S. potato industry, you’ve probably never heard of the U.S.
G3 Canada Ltd., a successor to the former Canadian Wheat Board, plans to build a new terminal on Lake Ontario. The facility, expected to cost at least $40 million and be completed before the 2017 harvest, is “part of a vision to create a coast-to-coast Canadian grain enterprise,” Karl Gerrand, G3 CEO, says in a prepared statement. The 50,000-metric-ton facility will be built in the Port of Hamilton. Hamilton — roughly halfway between Toronto and Buffalo, N.Y. — is the largest port in Ontario.
This wasn’t the best production year that Jim Wickett has had. Dry conditions early worked against his crops, as did wet weather at harvest that cut into the quality of his durum and barley. Overall, however, “I’m quite happy with the result,” says the Rosetown, Saskatchewan, farmer.
The U.S. Senate needs to establish a uniform, national standard on GMO food and feed labeling, the National Grain and Feed Association said after a Senate Ag Committee hearing on GMO labeling Wednesday. The U.S. House already has passed legislation that would create a national standard to supercede what the NGFA and many other ag groups say would be a confusing patchwork of state GMO labeling laws.
I admit it, I’m jealous. Years ago, back in the day, I hoped to land a job in agriculture after finishing school. But the economy, particularly the ag sector, was in terrible shape and ag companies simply weren’t hiring. Most weren’t even interviewing job-seekers; the few that talked with me stressed they had no intention of actually hiring me or anyone else in the foreseeable future. Things worked out for me eventually. But it took time, persistence and more than a little luck. Times sure have changed.
North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana all win from the newly reached Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, according to the U.S.
Weak crop prices and strong cattle prices are affecting farmland values across the Upper Midwest and that's true in Kansas, too, a new study finds. The report, from Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor, finds that cropland values in the state are down 2.2 percent from a year ago, slipping to a new average of $2,210 per acre. Taylor, who based her work on data from the U.S.
People familiar with agriculture and the college ag market have said the outlook for ag students remain bright, despite the downturn in crop prices. Another sign of that: Iowa State University expects a record number of employers recruiting at its Agriculture and Life Science Fall Day Career Day on Oct.