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Pork Commentary, August 14th 2017 Jim Long President-CEO Genesus Inc. Visit with Wens Group This past week we visited with Global Mega Producer Wens Group of China. Wens are a Genesus Genetic Customer. Wens is number two on the 2017 Global Mega Producer List with one million sows. They expect to surpass Number 1 Smithfield Foods in swine production in the next few months with Wens having an expansion underway of 150,000 more sows. Wens stated goal is 50 million market hogs per year by 2025. Wens production model is mostly 5,000 sow units owned by Wens and the more >>
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
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Margins recovered over the past two weeks, benefiting from both higher hog prices and lower feed costs. In spite of the improvement, margins continue to hover at around the average of the past ten years, with the exception of the spot period. Hog slaughter for the year to date was up 2.7%, and the latest comparison of weekly figures showed an increase of 1.2% over year-ago levels. This contrasts with the projections in the June Hogs and Pigs report for an increase of 4.3% for 120-to-180-pound animals coming to market within this timeframe. Weights have begun to increase slightly with the cooler temperatures. The more >>
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
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University of Guelph projects, ranging from converting agri-food waste into energy to improving health of young children, received more than $630,000 in federal funds today. Engineering professor Emily Chiang and Animesh Dutta, along with Shohel Mahmud, will be studying how to efficiently convert agri-food waste into energy Five U of G projects will receive funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), it was announced by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan in Sudbury, Ont. The funding will be provided through CFI's John Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), created to help universities attract and retain leading faculty and researchers. “Ensuring that our scientists are well-prepared with more >>
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
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Full Interview 14:18 Listen Farmscape for August 21, 2017 The Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute says strong American support for NAFTA, particularly within the agricultural community, will play an important role in the renegotiation of agreement. Canadian, U,S. and Mexican negotiators completed the first round of talks yesterday aimed at revamping North American Free Trade Agreement. Colin Robertson, the Vice President and a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, says strong support within the United States for the agreement will be an important factor. Clip-Colin Robertson-Canadian Global Affairs Institute: What ever agreement that the Trump Administration negotiates will be subject more >>
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
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Science and ethics experts took part in a first-of-its-kind conference on the role of gene editing. CRISPRcon – a summit named for the genome editing technique creating Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) – brought together a diverse set of panelists to discuss this emerging technology. CRISPR technology allows for precise changes to be made to the DNA of living cells, which holds the potential to eradicate diseases, transform agriculture and enable massive leaps forward in environmental and life science. Through a series of keynote speakers, panels and interactive discussions, CRISPRcon offered a single forum for those with a stake more >>
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
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