Posts from "October, 2013"

W-5 images tough for egg industry to defend

I still had ham and eggs for breakfast this morning even after watching a CTV W-5 expose October 19 on some allegedly poor production practices at an Alberta egg farm. I did have second thoughts as I reached for those perfect white, healthy, lovingly produced eggs in the fridge. Even as much as I might

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Harmony comes to Rancher’s Beef

A veteran of the North American beef industry, who worked his way through the business from a meat cutter to a top executive of one of the largest meat processing companies in the world, says he has no doubts he can turn a long-shuttered Alberta beef packing plant into a profitable business. Rich Vesta is

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Marketing lessons not learned

Ever since A&W’s TV commercials starting touting the premium quality of beef in their burgers—which is produced without added hormones—many tweets, blogs and comments in the agriculture media have been filled with contempt for a company that has the audacity to in any way imply that what Canadian mainstream beef producers ship to market isn’t

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Will U.S. ethanol demand fade?

A couple of weeks ago, New Holland held a field day near the Minnesota-Iowa state border to show off some of its cash crop equipment. It was blended with a tour of a local ethanol plant. Currently, the U.S. ethanol industry is at risk of seeing a significant decline in demand for its product if

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How the world shapes up today

The Freeman-on-the-land issue in Alberta, noted a few days ago, appears to be resolved. This is the story of a woman who rented out a house to a guy who appeared to be a good tenant and shortly after he took occupancy he announced he was part of the Freeman-on-the-land movement, stopped paying rent, gutted

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