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Beef deal with Japanese distributor hailed

Alberta Beef Producers is hailing a new partnership between JBS Foods Canada and Kanematsu, “a well-respected and leading food-service/distribution company based in Japan.” JBS Foods Canada said the arrangement will see Kanematsu distribute products such as the premium beef Northern Gold brand and the Canadian Diamond Black Angus brand. The partnership is exciting and reflects […] Read more

More than 40 crew missing after cattle ship capsizes in storm off Japan

Rescued crew member says engine failed, wave capsized ship

CORRECTED/UPDATED, Sept. 3 — Tokyo/Wellington | Reuters — More than 40 crew members were missing after a ship carrying cattle from New Zealand to China capsized in stormy weather in the East China Sea, the Japanese coast guard said Thursday. A lone crew member from the Gulf Livestock 1 had been rescued so far. Three […] Read more


Strong export demand, acreage ahead for barley

Lower supplies from Australia benefit Canadian growers

MarketsFarm — Canadian malting barley acreage is expected to remain high in the coming year, mostly due to strong export demand. Peter Watts, managing director of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Center in Winnipeg, said tough harvest conditions were partially to blame for lowered malt barley output in 2019. “We had a fairly lousy harvest, […] Read more







Japan deal levels field for U.S. beef, but sales surge unlikely

Tokyo/Chicago | Reuters — U.S. beef exporters, unhappy after President Donald Trump pulled out of a multilateral trade pact in 2017, stand to sell more meat in Japan after the U.S. leader and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cut a deal to slice into tariffs. But agriculture experts say that for now, that boost may […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Canola values stay rangebound

MarketsFarm — Canola prices have been characterized as “firm one day and softer the next,” this week, remaining largely rangebound in light trading activity. “It’s hard to tell why, but canola oscillates between stronger than soybeans and then weaker,” said Ken Ball of P.I. Financial in Winnipeg. “It’s just spreaders playing back and forth with […] Read more

U.S., Japan sign limited trade deal

New York | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed a limited trade deal on Wednesday that cuts tariffs on U.S. farm goods, Japanese machine tools and other products while further staving off the threat of higher U.S. car duties. Trump said the deal would open up Japanese markets […] Read more