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  • By Date of Publication 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 , 2010, 2011, 2013,
  • Foot and Mouth, Beef Trade, BSE, Growth Hormones, etc.
  • Genetically Modified Crops
  • Cereal Markets
  • Other Topics
  • By date of publication, 2012

  • September 22, 2012: Oats: Feed or Food Grain? - If a feed grain, oat price prospects will be tied to corn and other feed grains. If a food grain there is likely to be something of a scramble by millers and an explosion in prices, if and when supplies run low. But this appears to be an unlikely scenario this year. (1,087 words)
  • May 2, 2012: Limited Grain Marketing Choice in the Post Single Desk Era - The absence of a functioning futures market may be regarded as nothing more than an inconvenience for the moment. But it could limit the effective choices Western Canadian farmers have for marketing their grain in the post single desk era. (830 words)
  • March 22, 2012: Slow Start to Futures Trading - While there are some good reasons why futures trade in the new Canadian wheat and barley contracts has been slow, there are issues that could and should be addressed by the ICE. (900 words)

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