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News Flash: April 9, 2015

INDUSTRY Manitoba sunflower acres set to rise An increase in sunflower plantings is expected in the province this year due to an early spring, along with drier conditions in western Manitoba and favorable prices. Nearly all of the sunflowers grown in Canada are grown in Manitoba. Excess moisture in recent years has limited sunflower growth […]

News Flash: April 2, 2015

INDUSTRY   EDITORIAL: We don’t need labels on genetically modified foods The Pew Research Centers January poll shows 88-percent of scientists say genetically modified food is generally safe to eat, while 37-percent of the general public shared this same view. Mandated labeling would likely discourage the purchase of genetically modified (GM) food while evidence says […]

News Flash: March 26, 2015

INDUSTRY   Market eagerly awaits US planting survey as lower oilseed prices show global confidence in supply: AHDB Dry weather concerns in parts of the US are lending support to winter wheat grain prices, says the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The grain and oilseed markets are shifting away from this season’s supply […]

News Flash: February 19, 2015

BIOFUEL Europe needs to introduce practical incentives for best biofuels The three year battle to reform Europe’s biofuels policy will resume later this month with a Parliament vote in the ENVI Committee on February 24, 2015. Since 2012, biofuel stakeholders have been unable to come to an agreement about the future of Europe’s biofuels policy. […]

News Flash: February 12, 2015

INDUSTRY Could cool-season oilseeds be grown for jet fuel Producers are currently growing corn for ethanol use, but they may be able to grow other feed stocks, such as mustards, canola, or camelina, that could be used at jet biofuel or biodiesel. Research scientists at USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney say that […]

News Flash: February 5, 2015

INDUSTRY China media: Green light to GM crops China is currently a major importer of GM produce including soya beans, rapeseed, cotton and corn, according to Chinese newspapers. “GM technology is very promising and we must stand on top of GM research as China has quite limited agricultural resources,” said Han Jun, a senior Communist […]

News Flash: January 29, 2015

INDUSTRY ‘Safer GMOs’ made by US scientists US scientists believe they have taken new strides towards safer GMOs using synthetic biology that cannot spread in the wild. They have changed the genetic code of bacteria, in order to use only synthetic chemical, forcing the GM bacteria to die if it escaped into nature. This research […]

News Flash: January 15, 2015

INDUSTRY EU Parliament Approves New GM Crops Planting Rules The European Union’s legislature has approved a new law which allows the EU member states to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops, even with approval by the food safety authority of the 28- nation bloc. After three years of deadlock, the law was supported by […]

News Flash: January 8, 2015

INDUSTRY Higher oilseed consumption in 2015 The current EU forecasts for rapeseed crush margins may be high enough to support the continued demand during the latter half of the season. EU rapeseed consumption is at 24.9Mt in 2014-2015 which is a marginally higher rate that in 2013-2014. The International Grains Council (IGC) credits this increase […]

News Flash: December 18, 2014

INDUSTRY Farmers quitting oil rapeseed due to difficulties After a European Farmers’ organization Copa-Cogeca meeting, the forecast for EU rapeseed production is predicted to drop next year. The organization’s workers say the neonicotinoid seed treatment ban is already effecting growers and influencing their desire to stray away from this more difficult crop. East England growers […]