Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fire destroys Martin’s Family Fruit Farm storage

Fire has destroyed the Martin’s Family Fruit Farm storage in Port Burwell.

The loss is estimated at $3 million, said Kevin Martin.

Four fire departments began fighting the fire on Tuesday and were still at work Wednesday afternoon. The controlled atmosphere storage facility was about 60,000 square feet.

Martin said he’s not sure how many apples he lost in the fire, but they were of all different varieties.

Martin has about 280 hectares of apple orchards in the area. The main business is just outside the northern city limits of Waterloo.

All of Bayham fire services, two stations from Malahide, a tanker from Norfolk and an aerial crew from Aylmer responded to the fire.

Bayer clears European hurdle, awaiting U.S.

Bayer’s deal to purchase Monsanto has gained approval from the European Union, provided it sells more than $9.5 billion worth of divisions and companies.

It is still awaiting a ruling from the United States.

The $73.5 billion deal was announced Sept. 6.

Without the remedies, EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the buyout would have significantly reduced competition in the market and hindered innovation.

The deal would create the world's largest pesticides and seeds company and therefore needed a large number of remedies to be approved, she said.

"We have made sure that the number of global players actively competing in these markets stays the same," said Vestager.

"That is important because we need competition to ensure farmers have a choice of different seed varieties and pesticides at affordable prices."

Bayer CEO Werner Baumann said that "the European Commission's approval is a major success and a significant milestone."

He said they hope to close the deal during the second quarter of 2018.

Deere president worried by Trump trade threats

Deere & Co. is worried that United States President Donald Trump might trigger a trade war that would sharply reduce exports of corn and soybeans, hurting the
While U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum will have a financial impact on the company, Deere is "much more worried" about possible trade retaliation targeting American agricultural products, chief executive officer Sam Allen is quoted by Bloomberg News agency.
"If China no longer buys U.S. soybeans or Mexico no longer buys U.S. corn, that would be really bad for our customers and that would be much more impactful on us," he said Tuesday in an interview at a company factory in Indaiatuba in Sao Paulo state, Brazil.
About one-third of U.S. agriculture is exported, Allen said. That trade flow could be in jeopardy if President Donald Trump follows through on repeated threats to quit the North American Free Trade Agreement, or if China imposes tariffs or quotas.

Chicks do better with poop

Chicks that ate litter or material taken from the intestines of two-week-old poults performed better, researchers have found.

The resulting “inoculum” from the older birds “was found to be stable and improved both the growth and resistance to challenge with Campylobacter jejuni and Salmonella enteriditis,” the researchers report.

But they were surprised to find that chicks inoculated with a microbial community from used commercial poultry litter had body weight gains and pathogen resistance scores that were as good or better than chicks inoculated with material serially-transferred through multiple generations of birds.

The goal is to find substances that could be incorporated in feed to improve bird health and performance.

The research was done by a team from the Western University of Health Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Meat and cancer are linked

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research have found found that a 10 percent increase in the proportion of processed foods in a person’s diet resulted in 12 percent more cancers, including 11 percent more  breast cancers.

The five-year study consistently tracked the diets of nearly 105,000 participants, none of whom had cancer at the start of the survey.

After the study period, they found 2,228 cancer diagnoses, including hundreds of breast, prostate and colorectal cancers. 

The study shows a link, but falls short of meaning that increased meat consumption causes cancers.