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World’s ‘affection’ for Canada will help in trade diversification: Carr

Ottawa | Reuters — There is “an awful lot of affection for Canada” around the world that will help the government’s push to diversify exports away from the United States, the country’s new trade minister said on Thursday, as ties with Washington become more strained. Winnipeg MP Jim Carr, previously the minister for natural resources, […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 18. (Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis)

Trump’s tariff war threatens to erode support of farmers

Chicago | Reuters — President Donald Trump’s tariff battle with key buyers of U.S. apples, soybeans and corn threatens the support of some of his biggest backers — U.S. farmers now seeing their livelihoods in jeopardy. Farmers overwhelmingly supported Trump in the 2016 election, welcoming how he championed rural economies and vowed to repeal estate […] Read more

Attendees at the 2017 Food and Hotel China trade show watch USMEF chefs prepare U.S. beef and pork. (

U.S. meat groups fear for market growth with China beef tariff hike

Chicago | Reuters — China’s proposal on Wednesday for tariffs on U.S. beef confirmed the worst-case scenario for the U.S. cattle industry, trade groups said Wednesday, even as they remained hopeful the dispute could be resolved quickly. China listed U.S. goods from soybeans to beef that could potentially incur a 25 per cent import tariff […] Read more

The Mississippi River. (Mark D. Tomer photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Soaring river freight hits U.S. farmers

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. farmers are running out of options for their just-harvested corn and soybeans as delays on the Mississippi River, the main conduit for crops to export markets, cause shipping backlogs, while grain storage on the river’s banks is filling up. Low river levels and backups at aging locks have slowed navigation […] Read more

The Big River Resources ethanol plant at West Burlington, Iowa, about 120 km southwest of Davenport. (Steven Vaughn photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

U.S. ethanol expected to be competitive in 2017

San Diego | CNS Canada –– Weaker commodity prices and less international competition are expected to lend demand and profitability to the U.S. ethanol market in 2017, one analyst says. But changing political and policy environments — in the U.S. and abroad — add an element of uncertainty to the market, and the potential to […] Read more

“Last year, China imported 1.23 million tonnes of alfalfa, which was an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year.” – Marc Lavoie

Demand for Canadian forages heading skyward

Forage exporter says the only negative last year was finding enough hay to meet foreign demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian overseas forage markets have grown in the past couple of years, and the future looks very promising. Korea and Taiwan remain solid markets, but China has come on strong the past few years, Marc Lavoie, forage exporter and manager of Entreprises MacKay, said at the Alberta Forage Industry Network Conference. “Last year, China imported […] Read more

Workshop series for exporters

Export Readiness Workshop Series takes place Nov. 23-24 in Edmonton and Nov. 25-26 in Calgary

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Export Readiness Workshop Series takes place Nov. 23-24 at Agri-Food Discovery Place in Edmonton and Nov. 25-26 at the Calgary Economic Development’s Global Centre. The workshops are targeted at companies wanting to start exporting or move into new export markets. The two-day program includes training on building an export plan, including market research and […] Read more

cattle herd

U.S. cattle herd expands

Reading Time: < 1 minute Exports are down for Canadian cows, says provincial livestock market analyst Jason Wood. “On the export front, year-to-date feeders are down one per cent, slaughter fed cattle are down 49.5 per cent, and slaughter cows are down 28 per cent to the U.S.,” said Wood. “We’re still seeing a strong pull for feeders to the […] Read more