Global seed treatment market projects strong growt
February 4, 2016 -According to a new report, the global seed treatment market was valued at $4.5 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach $9.5 billion in 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of above nine per cent between 2015 and 2020.
The report, put out by Zion Research, says a shrinking arable land base and lower crop yields due to pests has resulted in increasing demand for seed treatment. Increase in prices of fertilizers and pesticides have also fueled the growth of seed treatment market.
There is rising awareness among the growers regarding the benefits of using treated seed as well as strong growth in population. All of this will result in a steep rise in demand for food crops and major growth for the seed treatment market.
On the other hand, stringent regulatory policies in developed and developing nations are expected to have an adverse impact.
Growth will be seen in both chemical and biological products, although the former still dominates with over 50 per cent market share. But the biological segment is expected to exhibit robust growth in the years to come.
Corn, soybean, cotton, and canola are the most important crop segments of the seed treatment industry. Corn accounted for more than a quarter of the entire market in 2014.
North America was the leading regional market owing to strong demand in the U.S. That was followed by Latin America. But Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a rapid pace owing strong demand from China and India, the report says.
Reasons emerge for avian flu spread
February 4, 2016 -Reasons why avian influenza spread so fiercely across the United States, but not in Canada, are coming clear from recent research.
There was immediate and strict biosecurity in Ontario and British Columbia that contained outbreaks in late 2014 and in June of 2015.
In Minnesota, by comparison, some of the dead turkeys were trucked out by rendering companies, potentially spreading the virus along their routes.
In Canada, flocks were kept inside their barns under strict quarantine, euthanized and composted to kill the virus which cannot withstand heat.
A University of Minnesota study says farmers who actively tilled fields near turkey barns in the early days of last year's bird flu outbreak may have unwittingly helped spread the virus.
The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety says soil in those fields may have been contaminated with droppings from migrating ducks and geese which were the likely source of the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus.
The report says the virus can survive cold soil temperatures, and tilling may have created airborne particles that could carry the virus.
Minnesota Public Radio reports¬†the authors urge caution, saying their findings should be viewed as "hypothesis-generating rather than confirmatory" and that more research is needed.
Syngenta board approves ChemChina bid
February 4, 2016 -Syngenta's board of directors is recommending shareholders accept the all-cash bid from ChemChina.
The offer totals $43 billion US.
That's about the same as the offer Monsanto made last year, but which Syngenta rejected.
There are a couple of big differences.
ChemChina's bid is all cash. Monsanto's was a combination of cash and shares.
Monsanto accompanied its bid with plans to sell Syngenta's seed division to avoid anti-trust challenges.
Barn fire in Elgin claims 90 milk cows
February 3, 2016 - Ontario Provincial Police say that about 90 cows died in a dairy farm fire in Elgin County Feb 1.
Const. Troy Carlson said 10 to 15 cows escaped. Damage is estimated at $1.5 million.
Carlson said it took firefighters several hours to bring the fire under control due to the large amount of stored hay, which is more difficult to extinguish.
Last week, firefighters had to dodge spooked cows as they battled a blaze following a crash on the TransCanada Highway in central Ontario, that left a cattle transport driver and seven or eight cattle dead.
More than 2,000 pigs died in mid-January in a barn fire north of London, Ont.
More than 40 racehorses, one with winnings of more than $1 million, died in a barn fire in Puslinch Township near Cambridge and more than a dozen Arabian horses died in another barn fire near Mount Forest.
About 500 goats and 30 cows were also killed in a barn fire in mid-January and a barn full of chickens died in a fire near Listowel.
Tim Hortons' to go to cage-free eggs
February 3, 2016 - Tim Hortons' 3,600 Canadian outlets will be serving only food made from eggs laid by hens that are never kept in cages, the owners have announced.
The deadline for suppliers is 2025.
Tim's is now owned by Burger King which is where the decision was made for both chains.
It's the result of pressure applied by the Humane Society of the United States, the same organization that used retailer pressure to get gestating sows out of crates.
"Tim Hortons' announcement is tremendous news for millions of animals," said Sayara Thurston, campaign manager for the Canadian arm of Humane Society International.
"Timmie's joining the cage-free movement is a clear signal that the future of Canadian egg production must be cage-free."
Tim Hortons and Burger King join other chains such as Starbucks, McDonald's, Subway, Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts and Denny's in pledging to eventually refuse eggs from producers who house their hens in small wire cages.
Tim Hortons' is the most significant Canadian chain to set a deadline to go to cage-free eggs.