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Some Florida farmers eyeing hops as next niche crop

APOPKA, Fla. – With the state’s iconic citrus industry reeling due to a so-far incurable bacterial disease, some Florida farmers are eyeing a new niche crop that can tap into the country’s burgeoning beer-brewing business: hops.Hops are vining plants that produce pungent flowers or buds…

Test of time: 2 almanacs celebrate milestone anniversaries

LEWISTON, Maine – Hundreds of almanacs served a nation of farmers over two centuries ago. These days, only a handful of them remain.One of them, the Farmers’ Almanac based in Maine, is celebrating its 200th edition this month with traditional gardening tips, home-spun humour and…

ICE Futures Canada prices mostly higher

WINNIPEG – ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’16 $0.90 lower $461.40; Jan. ’17 $0.10 higher $467.30; March ’17 $0.50 higher $473.40; May ’17 $0.90 higher $478.40; July ’17 $0.50 higher $482.00; Nov. ’17 $0.20 higher $485.30; Jan. ’18 $0.20 higher 487.00; March ’18 $0.20…

Stewart says Churchill may be lost cause

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s agriculture minister says his government won’t be offering any subsidies to re-open the port of Churchill in Manitoba, saying it may be a lost cause.Lyle Stewart says the port’s owner, Omnitrax, received fairly substantial subsidies yet could not maintain the port as…

ICE Futures Canada prices mostly lower

WINNIPEG – ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’16 $1.40 higher $462.30; Jan. ’17 $0.60 higher $467.20; March ’17 $0.40 higher $472.90; May ’17 $0.10 higher $477.50; July ’17 $0.10 lower $481.50; Nov. ’17 $0.90 lower $485.10; Jan. ’18 $0.90 lower 486.80; March ’18 $0.90…

Worker hurt at Agrium potash mine dies

VANSCOY, Sask. – A worker who was seriously injured at a potash mine in Saskatchewan has died.Todd Steen, general manager of the Agrium (TSX:AGU) mine near Vanscoy, Sask., confirms that Chad Wiklun died late Wednesday night.Steen says the loss is devastating to Wiklun’s co-workers.”The people…

Worker hurt at potash mine critical

VANSCOY, Sask. – A worker who was seriously injured at a potash mine in Saskatchewan is still fighting for his life in hospital, and his union is pleading with the public to donate blood on his behalf.Operations at the Agrium mine near Vanscoy, Sask., were…

ICE Futures Canada prices higher

WINNIPEG – ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’16 $1.20 higher $460.90; Jan. ’17 $0.70 higher $466.60; March ’17 $1.10 higher $472.50; May ’17 $0.70 higher $477.40; July ’17 $1.30 higher $481.60; Nov. ’17 $1.30 higher $486.00; Jan. ’18 $1.30 higher 487.70; March ’18 $1.30…

County uses drones to find noxious weeds

CALGARY – Drone technology is making it easier for an Alberta county to find and stamp out noxious weeds.Invasive plants are a problem for farmers and ranchers, driving down yields and choking pastures.“You can go to any ditch site or disturbed areas and find four…