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MARCH 14, 2014

BAYER OFFERS NEW SEED LUBRICANT

Bayer CropScience has announced that its new seed lubricant, called Fluency Agent, is available for use by growers through seed companies in Canada. Fluency Agent is designed to replace standard talc and graphite seed lubricants. The use of this farmer-applied seed flow lubricant is required by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency during the 2014 planting season with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds. Fluency Agent helps reduce dust released and the potential risk of exposure to pollinators from treated seeds during the planting process.

SYNGENTA REGISTERS NEW SEED TREATMENT

Syngenta Canada has received registration of Cruiser 5FS seed treatment for on-farm use, offering growers the convenience of applying Cruiser 5FS seed treatment on-farm, using a closed-system treater for control of pea leaf weevils and wireworms. This registration allows growers to apply the Group 4 seed treatment to wheat, barley, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, dry peas, chickpeas, lentils, lupins and fava bean seed. Cruiser 5FS seed treatment is an effective way to protect seed and seedlings from insect pests, ensuring that plants get off to a healthy, vigorous start.

NORTHSTAR GENETICS AND FP GENETICS PARTNER

NorthStar Genetics has appointed FP Genetics to manage seed production and logistics for the rapidly-growing Saskatchewan soybean seed market. The early-maturing NorthStar varieties NSC Moosomin RR2Y, NSC Vito RR2Y and NSC Reston RR2Y will be the focal point for production in 2014 and the objective will be to produce enough locally-grown seed to meet farm demand in the future. “This agreement with NorthStar Genetics creates a partnership that will deliver the best soybean genetics to Saskatchewan farmers,” says Rod Merryweather, FP Genetics CEO. “Seed growers will also benefit because soybeans are an ideal rotational crop and will help us to produce even better cereal crops.” 

ENGAGE AGRO ENTERS EXCLUSIVE MARKETING AGREEMENT

Engage Agro and Heads Up Plant Protectants have entered into a formal exclusive marketing and distribution agreement for Canada. Under this agreement, Engage will work with Heads Up Plant Protectants principle Joe Dutchesen to execute sales, marketing and distribution of Heads Up seed treatments in Canada across all of the registered crops. Heads Up provides season-long protection and results in healthier, stronger plants with an improved stand and is currently registered for use on soybeans, potatoes and dry beans. Label expansion work is also being pursued.

LALLEMAND AND BRETTYOUNG COLLABORATE

Lallemand Plant Care has announced its collaboration with BrettYoung Seeds Limited in the North American ag-biological product markets. Lallemand Plant Care has acquired the intellectual property rights and associated assets related to the biological products portfolio of BrettYoung, including the BioBoost line of products. BrettYoung will continue to serve its customers as the exclusive distributor of these products. Lallemand and BrettYoung will extend the current range of biological products distributed by BrettYoung through new solutions developed by Lallemand, which will improve the productivity of North American crops.

VITERRA COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF LIT

Viterra Inc. has completed its acquisition of certain assets of Lethbridge Inland Terminal Ltd., including a high-throughput grain elevator with a capacity of 42,000 metric tonnes. The agreement has received all pertinent shareholder and regulatory approvals. “We are excited to integrate this high-quality terminal into our operations, and welcome its employees to the Viterra team,” says Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s president and CEO for North America. “We look forward to providing area customers with trusted advice and tailored service, backed by Viterra’s expansive asset network and connections to world markets.”

AGRICULTURAL GROWTH ACT REACHES SECOND READING

Canada’s farming industry is one step closer to a broad suite of new tools that will help them remain competitive in the global marketplace and grow their markets at home. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz spoke to the benefits of the Agricultural Growth Act at second reading in the House of Commons. This signifies a key milestone for Canada’s agriculture sector by improving access to the latest technologies and modernizing the country’s legislation. The Agricultural Growth Act will modernize nine statutes that regulate Canada’s agriculture sector. Some of the key improvements include stronger intellectual property rights for plant varieties, which will enhance farmers’ access to new varieties, and more flexible farmer payment programs. Entrenched in the Act is the right of farmers to save, condition and re-plant seed that is personally saved from crops grown on their land.

BARLEY AND WHEAT PRODUCERS RECEIVE CHECK-OFF TAX CREDIT

Each year, the Canadian federal government provides producers a tax credit for scientific research and experimental development that stems from their check-off investments. The tax credit percentage for producers who contributed to the wheat and barley check-off in 2013 are 68 per cent and 71 per cent, respectively.

CIGI AND VITERRA PARTNER

Viterra Inc. and the Canadian International Grains Institute announced that Viterra will invest $1 million to support Cigi in its efforts to promote Canadian field crops to customers in domestic and international markets. As a result, Cigi’s main classroom will be renamed the Viterra Knowledge Centre. “Cigi has an excellent international reputation for delivering training programs and technical expertise to farmers and end users,” says Kyle Jeworski, president and CEO for Viterra North America. “Their work has helped enhance Canada’s position as a reliable supplier of safe and high-quality grains, oilseeds and pulses. This partnership will benefit our stakeholders and support our industry in an evolving global marketplace.”

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