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The economic climate

A GLOBAL OUTLOOK the economy of the European Union (EU) has dominated the news in the past few years, and continues to register on the radar. Although other global issues, such as slower growth in [Read more]

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Pristine Gourmet

BUILDING A VALUE-ADDED BUSINESS jason persall doesn’t like to consider his story a success story. “We’re just a small farm family that did something value-added a few years ago,” he claims. However, there’s no denying [Read more]

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Fallout from the US drought

FOOD VERSUS FUEL DEBATE REVIVED optimists point out that even with a drought-induced 13% drop in yields, the United States is projected to harvest 10.8 billion bushels (bbu) of corn this year – a crop [Read more]

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Industry analysis

HIGHLIGHTS FROM RECENT ECONOMIC CONFERENCES conservative was the key word being used by economists at the beginning of the summer. During one recent conference presentation, Derek Burleton, VP and Deputy Chief Economist at TD Bank [Read more]

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Cause or coincidence?

EXAMINING THE ROLE OF SPECULATORS IN PRICE VOLATILITY the sharp run-up in commodity prices during 2007 and 2008 set off another round of the ongoing debate over speculators and their role in price volatility.  Though [Read more]

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2012 US commodity market outlook

. Please note that due to the publication schedule, this outlook of the commodity markets was written based on market intelligence from late-November, 2011. Efforts have been made to make this as up-to-date and informative [Read more]

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It’s not just soybeans

CHINA’S AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION tour a chinese corn farm and it’s easy to think that what you see — hardworking rural families living in simple houses and tilling an acre or two with a minimum of [Read more]

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2012 fertilizer outlook

HIGH DEMAND EXPECTED TO INCREASE FERTILIZER INPUT COSTS ontario farmers heading to the fields this spring will undoubtedly find fertilizer input costs higher than what they were a year ago. Ongoing strong global demand caused [Read more]

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Finding the silver lining

OPTIMISM FOR GRAIN FARMERS IN A VOLATILE GLOBAL ECONOMY grain farmers should look to 2012 with optimism. Despite the economic volatility that is expected to continue into the new year buoyed by Europe’s financial crisis, [Read more]