Category Archives: Agriculture

South American News Briefs

By Ania Swiatoniowski

Brazil – Bolognesi Participacoes SA has announced plans to invest almost US$2.3 billion in two LNG-fired energy plants in Brazil. The private company won a contract at Brazil’s power auction (November 28th) to sell energy in the country for 25 years beginning in 2019. The two plants will have a capacity of 1,238 MW each and will be operational in 2019. The company will be the first to offer LNG energy in Brazil other than the state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA.

The City of Grande Prairie, Alberta

… 100 years and growing strong

By Ania Swiatoniowski

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On the wind-swept plains of north-western Alberta, the city of Grande Prairie is thriving. Named for the expansive prairie lands of the Peace River Country, Grande Prairie was born into an environment endowed by multiple and abundant natural resources. Surrounding the city are fertile agricultural lands, vast boreal forests, and advancing oil and gas developments — all of which play important roles in the city’s diverse economic portfolio and steadily continuing growth.

CETA Moves Forward

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

By Ania Swiatoniowski

On October 18th, 2013, Canada and the European Union signed a tentative agreement on a significant trade deal. CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, will have impacts on a sweeping range of goods and services, including the natural resources industries and, likely, energy.

4-H Canada Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Pledging Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

By Ania Swiatoniowski

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Celebrating a century since their formation, 4-H in Canada has been helping youth grow, learn, and recognize their potential. Since 1913, the club has enjoyed a long history in the agricultural education of youth, but also in introducing youth to new ideas and opportunities. 4-H Canada’s origins are in working with rural youth to help “improve agriculture, increase and better production, and enrich rural life.” Today members engage in projects that cover a breadth of topics, but the core tenants and structure of 4-H encapsulated in the official club motto, “Learn to do by doing”, have held true. 

The Fertilizer Institute

Advocating for a strong economy and safe communities

By Kathy Mathers

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the national trade association representing fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers and other businesses whose interests touch the U.S. plant nutrition industry. Based out of Washington, D.C., the association provides government relations, economic services, scientific programs and public communication expertise to its members.

Great Quest Metals

The Tilemsi Phosphate Project

By Ania Swiatoniowski

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The West African country of Mali is Africa’s third largest gold producer, but the country has the potential to become a significant producer of phosphate as well. Great Quest(TSX-V:GQ), a Canadian mineral exploration company with standing assets in Mali, has been granted permits by the Malian government to carry out exploration activities on an extensive phosphate deposit in the Tilemsi region of north eastern Mali.

The Drought of 2012 and the Harvest of 2013

J Brew photo.Economic Outcomes and Innovation Ahead

By Ania Swiatoniowski

As farmers plant their crops this spring for the 2013 harvest, the losses from last year’s drought must remain on their minds.