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Western Update – Mayo Schmidt Announced as New CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities

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 Mayo Schmidt Announced as New CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Louis Dreyfus Commodities today announced the appointment of Mayo Schmidt as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 5th, 2015.

Schmidt will succeed interim CEO Claude Ehlinger, who will continue in his existing roles of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Biosev. Ehlinger has also been promoted to the function of deputy CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, the company says in a press release.

U.S. Appeals WTO mCOOL Ruling (Again); Appeal Postpones Possible Sanctions


Today, the United States officially lodged an appeal to the third and most recent World Trade Organizationruling on Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). Canadian Ministers are not pleased with the announced appeal. The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food issued the following statement in light of the news.

 Canada’s Reputation Can’t Afford Another Logistical Breakdown: Cereals Canada President

Western Canadian farmers know all too well what kind of impact the logistical challenges of the last year had on local grain prices, but how did the rail backlog impact international customers? How concerned are they about the reliability of Canadian grain shipments? To get a feel for what overseas buyers are saying, I spoke with Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada, who just returned from meeting with customers in Japan, Korea, China and Indonesia. 

thinkAG Career and Education Expo Debuts at Canadian Western Agribition
taFrom water barrel races to full-contact jousting, Canadian Western Agribition is boasting all kinds of new events this year. Included in that line-up is the thinkAg Career and Education Expo, which launched November 26, 2014. “The agriculture industry offers challenging and exciting careers in a number of different fields,” said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

 Great Deals on Oil, Plus How Railroad Closures & Restrictions Are Impacting Global Grain Markets
Grain prices closed the month of November generally higher as colder weather and transportation issues in the U.S. helped prices maintain an elevated level.While most Americans were putting the turkey in the oven, OPEC, the cartel of major oil-producing nations like Saudi Arabia, declined to ease their production from the current 30 million barrels-per-day. As a result, the currencies of major oil-exporting countries like Canada, Norway, and Russia all dropped against the U.S. dollar.

The Three C’s for Managing Conflict in Farm Families
Periods of conflict between family members will make or break a family farm. That’s why it’s important to address conflict like any other risk to a farm business, says a well-known farm family coach from Boissevain, Manitoba. Elaine Froese described the three C’s for managing conflict as part of her presentation at the Ag Excellence Conference in Winnipeg last week – clarity, certainty and commitment. 


Created December 1, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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