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Louis Dreyfus’ oilseed processing plant at Yorkton, Sask. (LDC.com)

Louis Dreyfus completes stake sale to ADQ

Deal includes long-term supply line to UAE

Paris | Reuters — Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC) said on Friday it had completed the sale of a 45 per cent indirect stake to Abu Dhabi holding firm ADQ, marking the arrival of the first non-family shareholder in the agricultural commodity group’s 170-year history. The overall value of the deal was not disclosed but LDC […] Read more



Farmers Edge’s online event on March 3 included a congratulatory note from TMX Group, owner of the TSX. (Farmers Edge video screengrab)

Farmers Edge launches IPO

Digital ag firm makes first public share offering to big demand

Manitoba’s best-known digital agriculture firm is now a publicly-traded company. Farmers Edge, founded in 2005 in Pilot Mound, Man. by agronomists Wade Barnes and Curtis MacKinnon, has carved out a niche using field-centric data, artificial intelligence and its FarmCommand data management platform. CEO Wade Barnes called it an exciting day during an online press conference […] Read more

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Cash-strapped pot producers raise billions in market rally

Cannabis firms seen as down in the weeds until recent surge

Reuters — A political shift in the United States has unlocked an estimated US$1.38 billion jackpot for struggling pot producers who have cashed in on a surge in their shares since President Joe Biden’s election in November. Cannabis producers have issued stock worth this amount in the first five weeks of 2021, investment firm Viridian […] Read more


(Video screengrab from AGT via YouTube)

AGT privatization gets shareholders’ approval

The privatization of Canadian pulse processor AGT Food and Ingredients is set to move another step forward as company officials take their plan to Ontario’s Superior Court on Monday. The Feb. 11 court date in Toronto comes after AGT shareholders voted Tuesday at a special shareholders’ meeting in favour of privatization, according to a company […] Read more

The legalization of cannabis is expected to create thousands of new jobs — from production workers to office staff. Shown here is an Ontario marijuana facility.  (Photo: Reuters/Blair Gable)

Aurora Cannabis plans U.S. stock listing in October

Reuters — Canada’s Aurora Cannabis said Thursday it plans a U.S. listing of its shares in October, as it looks to cash in on strong investor appetite for marijuana producers. Interest has boomed in Canada’s marijuana companies ahead of legalization of recreational cannabis in the country next month. Several U.S. states have also legalized marijuana […] Read more



(Bayer.com)

Roundup cancer verdict sends Bayer shares sliding

    Frankfurt | Reuters — Bayer shares plunged as much as 14 per cent on Monday, losing about US$14 billion in value, after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay US$289 million in damages in the first of possibly thousands of U.S. lawsuits over alleged links between a weedkiller and cancer. After the verdict […] Read more



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Continental Grain to push Bunge to consider potential sale

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. agricultural investor Continental Grain plans to push Bunge to consider a potential sale, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday, after Archer Daniels Midland approached Bunge about a takeover. It was unclear how Continental Grain would pressure Bunge, one of the world’s top agricultural merchants. But the company, […] Read more