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Alberta pork producers are losing $50 per pig — or $10,000 per week for a typical operation. The Canadian Pork Council is calling on Ottawa to cover some of those losses after Washington offered aid to its farmers hit by a tariff war launched by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Pork producers slammed by tariff war call for government aid

The bottom fell out of the pork market this summer and Alberta producers are suffering huge losses

Canadian pork producers need “immediate help” from government to deal with a price plunge sparked by U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff wars with China and Mexico. “What we’re seeing right now is really bad,” said Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director of Alberta Pork. “And a lot of it has to do with what’s going on with […] Read more

These cows at Airport Dairy near Fort Macleod — along with all their Canadian cousins — have unexpectedly found their way into the centre of high-stakes NAFTA negotiations.

The milk in the middle of the high-stakes NAFTA drama

A new milk category thrust dairy farmers into a political firestorm — so what is Class 7 all about?

It seemed like a win-win — until a new milk category caught the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump and unexpectedly became one of the key sticking points in NAFTA negotiations. It’s called Class 7, which is milk protein isolates (dried milk powders high in protein). It was introduced in 2016 in response to diafiltered […] Read more


There are 16 pigs shown here — raise them to market weight and you’re looking at a loss of $800 or more.

Price plunge spells disaster for Alberta hog farmers

Demand is strong, Canadian packers are short 70,000 hogs weekly, but prices have plunged

A crash in prices — fuelled by Washington’s tariff war — could spell the end for many of Alberta’s dwindling number of hog operations. The sector has already lost half of its hog farms in the past decade and with producers losing $50 on every animal they ship, more are looking at throwing in the […] Read more

Tariff relief for Canada’s farmers at issue in Quebec election

Montreal |Reuters – Quebec farmers want further relief from a global tariff dispute ahead of Oct. 1 elections in the mostly French-speaking Canadian province, which has seen a recent rise in nationalist sentiment. Quebec’s ruling Liberals, centrists but separate from the federal Liberal party, launched their campaign on Thursday. They trail in polls behind the center-right Coalition Avenir Quebec […] Read more


China plans tariffs on $60 bln of U.S. goods in latest trade salvo

Beijing | Singapore | Reuters – China proposed retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods ranging from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to some aircraft on Friday, as a senior Chinese diplomat cast doubt on prospects of talks with Washington to solve their bitter trade conflict. The Trump administration tightened pressure for trade concessions from […] Read more



There are a lot of ships, like this one at Tiplam terminal in Santos, loading Brazilian soybeans for shipment to China this spring. The country has been the largest purchaser of American soybeans but stopped buying in early April after being threatened with U.S. tariffs.

While U.S. soybean growers fret, canola keeps shining

China has stopped buying American soybeans, while canola trade is comfortably boring

A potential U.S.-China trade war has American soybean growers anxiously watching the horizon, but it looks like smooth sailing for canola markets. “Canola is a high-quality oil that processors would use more of if they could get their hands on it. This does encourage more growth and also the increase of crush capacity we’ve seen […] Read more

This photo of President Donald Trump was taken just before he announced missile attacks on Syria — a story which relegated fears of a trade war with China to the back pages.

Farmers wonder what’s next from mercurial president

The threat of a trade war has been pushed off the front pages, but continues to roil the farm sector

The phrase ‘that’s so last week’ is supposed to be ironic, but it’s an apt description for the ongoing whirlwind of trade measures coming out of the Oval Office.  Since ordering tariffs of 25 per cent on US$50 billion worth of Chinese goods in early April, U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered more tariffs on […] Read more


VIEW FROM THE NORTH: Small pond, big ripples

There could be some benefits in some areas, but the 
downsides are many and could seriously disrupt markets

China’s tariffs on American pork and soybeans will have impacts here, although how exactly is an open question. “It affects our producers because our hog prices are set off of the U.S. market,” said provincial pork specialist Ron Gietz after their imposition earlier this month. The tariffs sent American prices plunging, with Canadian prices following […] Read more

VIEW FROM THE SOUTH: Bet on China goes bad

Chinese buying prompted U.S. hog and soybean farmers to ramp up production that’s now looking for a home

Representatives from the largest pork-exporting states in the U.S. happened to find themselves at a Manitoba pork meeting days after China announced it was slapping tariffs on U.S. pork. They were as confused, and worried, as everyone else about what was coming next. “The marketplace is obviously reacting, but it’s important for us to take […] Read more