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Agriculture Report

Bayer to Buy Monsanto

By Fadi Didi

Monsanto shareholders have voted to approve a proposed 57 billion-dollar takeover bid by Bayer A-G, in a deal that would create a chemical and agriculture giant.

The companies still expect the deal to close by the end of 2017 and are currently seeking regulatory approval.

Bayer A-G, the German medicine and farm chemical maker, first offered to buy St. Louis-based Monsanto in September.

Monsanto sells seeds and crop protection chemicals to farmers.


A new study by Agriculture Canada says adding pulse crop flour to making whole wheat bread offers health benefits to consumers.

Agriculture Canada researcher Dr. Qiang Liu says pulse ingredients in whole wheat bread improves stomach health and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Dr. Liu says breads are not the only food which may benefit from the addition of pulse flour. He says they also experimented with pulse ingredients in muffins, cookies and pasta.

Agriculture Canada says the research could lead to new opportunities for commercial application of pulse crops and assist those with gluten sensitivity.


The federal government is providing up to 780 thousand dollars to 4-H Canada.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the funds will support the Global 4-H Network summit to be held in 2017.

The summit in Ottawa in July will host over 600 4-H delegates from across Canada and the world to share experiences, develop skills and learn about agriculture.

The summit includes four days of workshops and a two-day trade show.


Farm Credit Canada says Statistics Canada date and independent surveys suggest a growing interest in agriculture education.

Statistics Canada data reveals there were more than 12-thousand studying in ag-related programs in 2014, a 16 per cent increase from 2010.

The number of enrollments in agricultural programs grew at a rate double of all post-secondary enrollments.

Agriculture programs are also more likely to see full-time enrollment than other programs and that rate has been steady over the past five years.



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