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China to resume imports of Canadian beef and pork

Reuters – China will resume imports of Canadian beef and pork, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, some four months after Beijing blocked shipments amid an escalating diplomatic feud between the two countries. “Good news for Canadian farmers today: Canadian pork and beef exports to China will resume,” Trudeau tweeted. The Chinese embassy in […] 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


The government plans to cut its overall spending by $1.3 billion over four years.

First UCP provincial budget cuts agriculture spending

Government forecasts $34-million drop in ag research funding over four years

Government-led agricultural research will face cuts under the United Conservatives’ new provincial budget. The budget, released Oct. 24, will slash spending in the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry by $88 million, dropping the department’s budget from $987 million in 2018-19 to $879 million in 2019-20. Within the department, the primary agriculture division — which manages research […] Read more

Class 1 truck exemptions not permanent

The Alberta government won’t permanently exempt farmers and their employees who recently got their Class 1 licence from mandatory entry-level training (MELT). Those who had acquired their licence between Oct. 11, 2018 and Feb. 28, 2019 had been sent letters giving them an extension in taking the training if they maintained a clean driving record. […] 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


Oil vs Corn: U.S. lawmakers set hearing on fractious biofuels policy

The U.S. oil and corn industries will continue a long-running public battle over America’s biofuels policy on Tuesday during a Congressional hearing about the Trump administration’s use of “secret waivers” for refineries. The hearing set by the Energy and Commerce Committee will air out the grievances of two key political constituencies heading into next year’s […] Read more

Carbon costs affecting grain drying for Prairie farmers

Opponents say the rebates won't fully cover the additional costs farmers must pay

Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta struggling to get their crops harvested will also be paying higher costs for drying thanks to the federal carbon levy. While the federal carbon price offers relief for gasoline and light fuel oil costs used in tractors and trucks, there is no exemption for grain drying […] Read more



When trade deals become election platforms, it is important to know a little about the contents of the proposals.

With a federal election looming, spare a thought for trade

Trade is a complex issue but needs to be a priority for our export-dependent farm sector

A Canadian election is around the corner and trade is an important issue to consider, particularly for agriculture. Agri-food accounts for 12 per cent of all of Canada’s exports. One-half of all Canadian agricultural production is exported. One in two jobs in grains and oilseeds is export dependent and one in four jobs in food […] Read more