MAUMEE, Ohio, December 5, 2019 – The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) has completed the sale of the agronomy business of Thompsons Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary in Ontario, Canada, to Sylvite of Burlington, Ontario.
“This change will allow us and Sylvite to both focus on our core businesses in Ontario and better serve our shared customers,” said Corey Jorgenson, president of assets and originations, The Andersons Trade Group. “We will expand our commitment of providing grain marketing expertise to local growers, and we know Sylvite will provide a similar focus helping them raise the best crops possible with the latest agronomy services and technologies.”
“We are excited to expand our geographic footprint and service offerings in Ontario,” said Hugh Loomans, president and CEO, Sylvite. “We look forward to continuing to help growers in this province and to working with The Andersons to meet their unique needs.”
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Thompsons encourages all drivers not use hand-held communication devices of any kind while driving. Even if using hands-free and voice-activated dialing, it could still be a deadly distraction.
Texting and driving makes an accident 23 times more likely.
Dialing your phone increase your chances of an accident by 2.8 times.
1 in 5 drivers confess to surfing the web while driving.
Smartphones are the most common form of distraction for drivers.
Making even the most basic text takes a minimum of 5 seconds of your attention off of the road when you text and drive.
In addition to causing 330,000 injuries each year, it’s estimated that about 11 teens die every day as a result of texting and driving. And this is just teens – this is about 4000 total deaths per year in the United States
Texting is more dangerous than drunk driving – texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
Are there any exemptions to Ontario’s distracted driving law?
Calling 9-1-1 in an emergency situation
When the driver is lawfully parked or has safely pulled off the roadway and is not impeding traffic.
Note: It is dangerous to stop on the shoulder of a 400-series highway and drivers are prohibited from pulling off a designated 400-series highway and parking for a reason other than an emergency. If the situation is not an emergency, drivers are advised to exit the freeway at an interchange or pull into the nearest service centre.
Fines (Starting January 1, 2019)
For your first conviction:
a fine of up to $1,000
three demerit points
a three-day day driver’s licence suspension
For your second conviction within 5 years:
a fine of up to $2,000
six demerit points
a seven-day driver’s licence suspension
For your third and all subsequent convictions within 5 years:
a fine of up to $3,000
six demerit points
a 30-day driver’s licence suspension
No text, email or phone call is worth your life, the life of a loved one or the life of another motorist or pedestrian!
Work safe. Farm safe. Home safe.™
™ is a registered trademark of Thompsons Limited.
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We are reaching out to inform you that The Andersons, Inc., the owner of Thompsons Limited, has signed an agreement to sell Thompsons’ agronomy business to Sylvite. Thompsons and Sylvite have been working together now for over 35 years and this collaboration is a great opportunity to have a larger retail network to benefit you, our customer. The Andersons will maintain ownership of Thompsons’ grain storage and food processing facilities and Sylvite will maintain and operate the farm inputs side at these locations.
We believe this new relationship is beneficial to all our stakeholders, especially our customers. Our two companies share the same values and a strong commitment to serving Ontario farmers. We look forward to working together at our shared locations to provide the best possible service to our customers. Sylvite will focus on growing in agronomy products and services. Thompsons/The Andersons will enhance its focus and commitment on the grain and food products businesses.
The final details of this agreement are still being finalized by Sylvite and The Andersons. The sale is expected to close in early to mid-September. Between now and then, we will keep you updated with our progress to better serve you our customer. Our goal is to make this a seamless transition and maintain our normal business operations.
Thank you for the great working relationship we have shared over the years. We plan on continuing our successful partnership with you our valued customer. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your account representative.
President, Assets and Originations, Trade Group
The Andersons, Inc.
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Rice is grown in Asia, Africa, the southern United States — and if Ontario FangZheng Agriculture Enterprise has its way — one day across Chatham-Kent.
On Friday, the company held an open house to celebrate the successful planting of its first-ever experimental crop of medium-grain rice, grown on a hectare of land on a roughly 29-hectare farm located off Queen’s Line on Drake Road.
Farm manager Wendy Zhang, who recently graduated from an agricultural masters program at the University of Guelph, said that the unusually wet spring that has concerned many local farmers actually helped her crop in a way, since rice is grown in wet conditions.
“I kept saying to my farmer friends, “I’m happy [that it’s raining today] — I save money on [gas for my water pumps!]”
Zhang explained that the goal is, once commercially viable, to export the rice internationally, particularly to the Chinese market.
“Canada has got a very good reputation in the international market with food quality and safety control,” she said. “We want to produce high quality, clean rice … in Canada we can ensure that.”
Tap on the player to hear reporter Jonathan Pinto talk about his visit to the farm on CBC Radio’s Afternoon Drive.
When asked if the current tensions between Canada and China may put a damper on Chinese demand for Canadian products, Zhang wasn’t concerned.
“As a Chinese citizen who lives in Canada, Chinese people [have liked] Canada for a very long time,” she said. “There’s something happening right now [between our two countries] but I truly believe it’s a temporary thing.”
Zhang also noted that her company is a private enterprise not controlled by the Chinese government.
University of Guelph professor John Zandstra, who has been providing assistance to the project, said he was initially skeptical of the idea of growing rice in Canada.
“I kinda laughed at first,” he said, explaining that he thought of rice as something only viable in the southern United States. “[But] when they got explaining where they grew it [in China] and when I went there and saw it, [I thought] ‘well yeah, this might work.'”
Gus Kotsakis, an industrial and commodities sales manager at Dainty Foods, which operates arice mill in Windsor — the only of it’s kind in Canada — said when he was first approached by Zhang, his company also didn’t think growing rice in Canada would work.
He was impressed with what he saw on the farm Friday.
“I’m going to bring pictures and everything that was discussed here,” he said. “I think it’s great news for the area. We look forward to working with them long term as a partner on this project, where we could help them with milling and processing the rice.”
This year’s crop will be harvested this fall, with the rice used to seed a larger crop for next year.
While there are still a few regulatory hurdles before the crop can become commercially viable — the government, for example, doesn’t have any approved fertilizers and pesticides for rice because the grain hasn’t been grown here before — Zhang is confident those issues can be quickly addressed.
“We want [commercial harvesting to] happen next year,” she said. “We have the passion to do it.”
When talking leadership for Country Guide, female trailblazers have repeatedly told me it was a real benefit to them that they had a curious parent in their earlier years. They also rank their own curiosity as a key contributor to their success.
The value of curiosity also came up repeatedly when I spoke to global leaders in food for my independent research. These leaders described curiosity as the foundation for continual growth in their leadership capability.
Throw the book out!
In looking at leadership in the past, Canadians have relied on American publications that saw success as a measurable thing. They defined an accomplished leader as one who meets concrete targets or who has a large following.
In my leadership studies and in my own business life, I never really fit into those definitions. You may not either. It’s why I Read more
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First to pass rigorous 37 standards set by the program.
The voluntary program certifies nutrient service providers in the Western Lake Erie Basin and across Ontario that apply or make recommendations on fertilizers in accordance with 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles – which refers to using the Right Source of nutrients at the Right Rate, at the Right Time and in the Right Place.
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On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Thompsons Limited successfully passed Fertilizer Canada’s 4R retailer certification audit, and doing so, the Company becomes the first retail site in Canada to achieve this status.
The company thanks the hard work from all staff at Thompsons Kent Bridge branch, and Colin Elgie, Thompsons Agronomy Solutions Specialist who headed up the effort and for making this important commitment to the sustainability of farming and the environment, our customers and future generations.
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