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Don’t expect a quick fix for China’s ban on Canadian canola

China expert says Beijing’s retaliation against Canada has ‘the personal imprint of the Chinese president’

An easy or fast solution to the Chinese defacto ban on canola is unlikely, says a China expert. “China doesn’t yield to simple analysis,” Gordon Houlden, a political science professor and director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta, told FarmTech attendees. The detention of Huawei executive Meng Wangzhou on an extradition warrant […] Read more

“I’d suggest the farmers have to go and immediately buy more land and get bigger tractors,” President Donald Trump quipped after meeting China’s Vice-Premier Liu He on Oct. 11 and announcing Beijing was going to buy upwards of $50 billion of U.S. ag commodities and products. Although the deal hasn’t been confirmed and may not live up to its billing, it’s still a bitter blow for Canadian farmers, says a China expert.

Canada forgotten as U.S. president strikes trade deal with Beijing

Canola and pork producers suffer another blow as politics and president’s deal making rule the day

A new trade agreement with China that President Donald Trump is touting as “the biggest deal ever made” for the American ag sector is another blow for Canadian farmers. And it’s a hard one to take since China slammed the door on Canadian canola seed and pork after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on […] Read more


Pork accounts for nearly two-thirds of China’s meat consumption and with African swine fever decimating Chinese production, Canada’s pork sector had hoped to see its exports to China jump rather than be banned. Pictured here are pork vendors at a market in Yunnan province in May.

Livestock sector suspicious of China ban but hopeful

Politics, not fraud, may be behind latest Chinese ban of our exports but officials hopeful it can be resolved

Some sort of fraud or more payback from China? That’s the question facing Canadian pork and beef producers after Beijing banned their products last month. As was the case with canola seed, the official Chinese explanation is that it halted imports because of contamination issues — “pests” in canola and the growth promotant ractopamine in […] Read more

Connecting with customers such as Hideo Suzuki (far right), president for Belex chain of supermarkets in Japan, was a top priority for Alberta Canola director Andre Harpe (second from left) on a recent trade mission. Also pictured are Deputy Ag Minister Andre Corbould and Tanya Fir, the provincial minister of economic development, tourism and trade.

Trade missions more valuable than ever, say Alberta producers

You have to show appreciation for customers and ask face to face how you can improve, says canola director

In times like these, friendship is more valuable than ever. “The mission was a direct result of the China (canola) ban,” said Alberta Canola director Andre Harpe, “When you lose part of your market, you have to make sure your other markets are OK.” Harpe was one of two Alberta producers who recently travelled to […] Read more


A ‘tech cold war’ being waged by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump; the African swine fever outbreak; and the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou have set in motion a chain of events that could pummel grain farmers here.

SIDE-SWIPED: The stars are not lining up for Alberta farmers

A series of unforeseeable events has suddenly set 
the stage for a return to the bad old days of the 1980s

A pig disease that’s been around for a century. A new ‘tech cold war’ between Beijing and Washington. A mercurial American president who calls himself “the tariff man.” These are the unlikely set of factors that are threatening to pummel grain markets — and the incomes of Alberta’s grain producers. “I am not looking at […] Read more

Trade agreement a big deal for canola growers

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord comes as canola acreage poised to grow once again

The timing couldn’t be better. Tariffs on Canadian canola oil into Asia could be scrapped as early as January if the new Trans-Pacific trade deal goes into effect. And that’s good news as canola growers seem poised to boost acreage this coming spring. Canada ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) late […] Read more



The low dollar has already pushed up the price of American-made farm equipment and steel tariffs could increase them further.

Steel tariffs could rebound on farmers here

It’s not clear what impact tariffs will have on farm equipment but any increase will likely be passed on

It’s unclear if the new steel tariff proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump could be bad news for Canadian producers when it comes time to buy new farm equipment. If the tariffs are imposed, U.S. manufacturing companies would pay 25 per cent more for imported steel and 10 per cent more for imported aluminum, unless […] Read more


The Port of Vancouver may get a lot busier with a new Trans-Pacific trade agreement.

Trans-Pacific agreement draws praise from ag groups

Farm and agri-food groups say deal will open new markets but CFA issues warning on supply management

Here’s what farm and agri-food groups were saying after an agreement was struck on a new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (also called TPP-11 or CPTPP): Cereals Canada The TPP-11 agreement raises the bar with respect to modern and progressive trading rules in Asia-Pacific and beyond. Canada’s participation demonstrates much needed […] Read more

New Alberta rep on Canadian Pork Council

Dan Majeau is the new Alberta rep on the Canadian Pork Council, a federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms. Among the council’s priority issues are pushing Ottawa to take a leadership role in completing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The organization has also been working the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to resolve issues […] Read more