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Canadian canola crushers are headed for record production this year — and that will reduce canola carry-over and support prices, says provincial crop analyst Neil Blue.

The canola picture is brighter, says crop analyst

More crushing and increased exports to smaller customers are lifting some of the gloom from lost China sales

Canola carry-over is a moving target but the situation has improved considerably, says provincial crop analyst Neil Blue. “The Canada Grain Commission provides weekly updates of bulk crop deliveries, exports and domestic use,” said Blue. “The CGC numbers need to be adjusted to account for on-farm and other feeding. However, for crops like canola, little […] Read more

Whether it’s wheat going to Sri Lanka in this CN Rail video shot at Prince Rupert or promoting the Canada Beef brand with scenes from an Alberta ranch, trade is vital to Canadian agriculture.

Thicker international borders feared from pandemic

Economics, nationalism, and food security fears are making trade less predictable and secure

The economic fallout from the pandemic could put fresh wind into the sails of protectionists, say industry officials here. “Generally speaking, the sense is that protectionist policies and measures are here to stay,” said Greg Cherewyk, president of Pulse Canada. “There will be a point where we revert back to a more or less normal […] Read more


Trade deal hailed by Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is hailing the completion of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement and encouraging its swift ratification. “The experience of the North American beef cattle industries under NAFTA is testament to the value of trade agreements,” it said. “Access to global markets, including the North American market, means that on average that each animal […] Read more



China, France sign deals worth $15 bln during visit

Beijing | Reuters – China and France signed contracts totalling $15 billion during a visit by President Emmanuel Macron, a Chinese government official told a news briefing on Wednesday. Deals were struck in the fields of aeronautics, energy and agriculture, including approval for 20 French companies to export poultry, beef and pork to China. They also agreed to expand […] 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


Canada, China meet over canola stalemate

[UPDATED: Oct. 31, 2019] Glacier FarmMedia – Canada and China finally had a face-to-face meeting *Oct. 28 in Geneva on China’s de facto import ban of Canadian canola seed. The private consultation under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) went well, according to Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s *vice-president of public […] Read more