Quebec biofuel company partners with Qantas in first long-term airline deal

Quebec biofuel company partners with Qantas in first long-term airline deal
MONTREAL — A Quebec biofuels company has signed its first deal to power an airline’s jets with energy grown from Canadian oilseeds. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. of Gatineau will supply biofuel to Australia’s Qantas Airways made from Carinata seed, a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed that produces oil suitable for aviation and diesel fuel. The partnership is the first of its kind in Australia... Read More

U.S. reduces softwood lumber duties for all but two Canadian producers

U.S. reduces softwood lumber duties for all but two Canadian producers
MONTREAL — The U.S. Department of Commerce has reduced softwood lumber duties for all but two Canadian producers. In its final determination released today, most Canadian producers will pay a combined countervailing and anti-dumping rate of 20.83 per cent, down from 26.75 per cent in the preliminary determinations issued earlier this year. The rate for Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP)... Read More

PotashCorp reports third-quarter profit down from year ago, sales up

PotashCorp reports third-quarter profit down from year ago, sales up
SASKATOON — Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. says it earned $53 million in its latest quarter, down from $81 million a year ago, as it works to close its merger with Agrium Inc. Chief executive Jochen Tilk says the company has obtained regulatory approvals in four jurisdictions with only the U.S. and China remaining. Tilk says the company still expects to... Read More

New Brunswick unveils plans for Crown-run marijuana stores, plus home delivery

New Brunswick unveils plans for Crown-run marijuana stores, plus home delivery
FREDERICTON — New Brunswickers will buy their legal marijuana at a subsidiary of the province’s liquor commission — and have sommelier-like staff to guide them. The province also announced Wednesday the stores will be more tightly controlled than liquor outlets, but home delivery will be available. “No one under the legal age will be allowed inside the premises. That will... Read More

Nova Scotia vineyards flourish, for now, as temperatures grow warmer

Nova Scotia vineyards flourish, for now, as temperatures grow warmer
HALIFAX — The skies have been brilliant blue in Nova Scotia wine country this October, the vines heavy with grapes, and winemakers like Sean Sears are seeing crops they could only vaguely hope for in the past. Amid the havoc wrought elsewhere by global warming, Annapolis Valley vineyards have flourished as temperatures have moderated. “If this trend continues we’ll be... Read More

Baloney Meter: Does the United States protect its dairy producers too?

Baloney Meter: Does the United States protect its dairy producers too?
OTTAWA — “We believe it’s important to point out to our U.S. friends that dairy producers in the U.S. also receive subsidies from the government, very significant subsidies.” — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington on Tuesday. ——— The United States took aim at one of Canada’s sacred economic cows during the just completed fourth round of the renegotiation... Read More

NAFTA’s demise would force agri-food sector to adapt

NAFTA’s demise would force agri-food sector to adapt
Blame Washington all you want for the NAFTA impasse, but Canada has not demonstrated it wants to liberalize its trading position either By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Talks to refresh North America’s trade agreement seem to be heading nowhere, and that could spell serious trouble for our agrifood sector. Wanting to push back on Mexico’s... Read More

More mortgage red tape could hurt homebuyers

More mortgage red tape could hurt homebuyers
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions wants to further stiffen the guidelines for those who put 20 per cent or more down when  purchasing a home By Neil Mohindra Public policy consultant The Fraser Institute Amid widespread concern about housing affordability across Canada, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the country’s safety and soundness financial regulator,... Read More

Agriculture looks to space in latest push for precision agriculture

Agriculture looks to space in latest push for precision agriculture
CALGARY — Farmers are looking to space in the continuous push to better know what’s going on in their fields, and a growing number of public and private initiatives are helping get them there. One of the latest is a partnership between Winnipeg-based Farmers Edge and San Francisco-based Planet announced Wednesday, with the two planning to combine precision agriculture programs... Read More

All 4 United Conservative Party leadership candidates vow to repeal farm law

All 4 United Conservative Party leadership candidates vow to repeal farm law
RED DEER, Alta. — All four candidates vying to become the leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party say they would get rid farm safety legislation brought in by the NDP government. Jason Kenney, Doug Schweitzer, Brian Jean and Jeff Callaway were asked Tuesday night at a debate in Red Deer what they would do with the legislation, which puts farms... Read More