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November 2009 Blog Posts (5)

Synthesis Agri Food Consulting: The War for Talent.

The War for Talent.



By: Synthesis Agri-Food Insights

November 24, 2009 Volume 1, Issue 7

Helping you understand agriculture's challenges and opportunities by analyzing the issues and sharing their insights -the Synthesis consulting team Rob Hannam, Mary Lou McCutcheon, Julien DenTandt, Peter Hannam and Heidi Dancho. www.synthesis-network.com



The war for talent.



Recruiting and retaining talent has always… Continue

Added by OntAG Admin on November 25, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Most Important Decision of The Year. How do you approach it?

The most important decision of the year.



Despite the fact that many corn producers have yet to finish corn harvest, the corn seed sales season for 2010 has officially begun.



If you are like me, there is something a bit disconcerting about sales calls hunting seed orders for next year when I am so far behind on this year’s harvest. My thought process is, let me get the crop off, consider the performance of this year’s seed choices, and then we’ll talk about next… Continue

Added by Peter Gredig on November 21, 2009 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

Break through in soybean yields?

Soybean yields in North America have been stalled over the past 20 years as pests like aphids and Soybean Cyst Nematodes take hold. When farmers plant certified seed it allows seed companies to put profits back into research and development. Companies like Syngenta, Monsanto and Dupont are spending millions of dollars a day in research and development. With these investments by the seed industry we may finally see the soybean yield trends going in the same positive direction as the corn yield… Continue

Added by John Beardsley on November 10, 2009 at 6:47pm — No Comments

$20 million fund good news for Ontario food processors

Minister Goodyear announces investment to support Ontario’s food and beverage processors



The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced a $20 million investment today in Guelph that will allow food and beverage processors operating in Southern Ontario access to funds to expand, modernize, innovate and/or improve their competitiveness.



AOFP President, Craig Richardson thanked… Continue

Added by Lisa McLean on November 10, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

A Lesson From Best Buy

This was written by Matt Hardecke from the Young Producers' Council, which is part of the US based National Cattlemen's Beef Association. It's an interesting perspective...



As the future leaders of American agriculture and the beef industry, we need to not only know the facts but understand the thought process of our consumers. I am looking to buy a new flat screen TV. Over the weekend I went to Best Buy to gaze at the selections of options for my view pleasure. For an hour I stood… Continue

Added by Andrew Campbell on November 3, 2009 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

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No Silver Bullet For Managing Clubroot

A canola program was held Tuesday morning at Manitoba Ag Days. Justine Cornelson with the Canola Council of Canada talked about keys to managing clubroot.

Roquette Buying Manitoba Peas

A new pea processing plant near Portage la Prairie is expected to be completed later this year. Once the Roquette facility is completely online it will be able to handle about 150 thousand metric tonnes of peas.

Canadian Pig Production Practices Survey for Improved Economic and Environmental Viability Ready for Launch

A multidisciplinary team of Scientists working on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc is set to launch an economic and environmental survey of Canadian pork producers.

Disciplined Hedging Program Recommended

The Director of Risk Management with HAMS Marketing Services is recommending a steady disciplined program of hedging a portion of hog production heading into the spring and summer.

Increase in Enteric Disease Stimulates Interest in Microbiome

A Professor with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine says, as disease profiles have become more complex, the level of interest in the role of the gut microbiome in improving health has increased.

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