Business school highlights ag trade
February 16, 2017 - A new report from the Ivey School of Business highlights the importance of two-way agricultural trade with the United States.
It says millions of jobs on both sides of the border depend on continued free trade.
And it uses Maple Leaf Foods and its pork operations as an example of how the two nations agricultural economies are closely linked.
The authors write that much has been said about the close relationships in the automotive industry, but agriculture is just as integrated and important.
Syngenta closing Cottam facility
February 16, 2017 - Syngenta will be closing its plant at Cottam by May 31, the company announced this week.
Eleven people work there. The company says they are eligible for company employment elsewhere.
The site will be put up for sale.
Syngenta, which has its headquarters in Switzerland, was bought last year by ChemChina.
Its Canadian head office is in Guelph.
According to George Sousa, territory supply manager for Syngenta Canada, the company is committed to delivering the highest quality products and services to its customers.
“This action is a business decision and is not related to the performance of the team at Cottam, Ontario.
“The staff at this location have performed at a high level, and Syngenta values the team members for their knowledge, skills, experience, and contributions,” he said.
Until 2010 the site was used for seed production and then it was changed to distribution.
Agropur has new president
February 13, 2017 - Rene Moreau has taken over as president of Agropur, Canada’s second-largest dairy that is owned by farmers.
Moreau takes over from Serge Riendeau, who’s retiring after 15 years as president and 26 years as a director.
Moreau, who farms at Warwick, Quebec, says Riendeau has left him a cooperative that’s in great shape.
Moreau has been on the company’s board since 1998 and was named vice president five years ago.
Agropur is owned by 3,345 members, has 8,000 employees and had sales of nearly six billion dollars last year.