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Vietnam considers CPTPP-level tariff cuts on U.S. ag products

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hanoi | Reuters — Vietnam is considering cutting tariffs on several U.S. products, the ministry of finance said in a statement on Monday, after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urged Vietnam to reduce its trade surplus during a visit to Hanoi last month. Tariffs on chicken and processed chicken meat, almonds, grapes, wheat, pork and […] Read more


Trump, citing U.S. farmers, slaps metal tariffs on Brazil, Argentina

Reading Time: 3 minutes Washington/Rio de Janeiro | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump ambushed Brazil and Argentina on Monday, announcing tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from the two countries in a measure that shocked South American officials and left them scrambling for answers. In an early morning tweet, Trump said the tariffs, “effective immediately,” were necessary […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Improved basis underpins bids

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly higher during the week ended Thursday, as basis levels improved in most locations. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were mixed during the week, with a steady to softer tone in Manitoba while Saskatchewan and Alberta saw gains of $1-$3 […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Soyoil, not weather, main influence on canola

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — Wet and snowy weather now plaguing the Prairies isn’t to blame for the canola market’s recent upswing, according to one trader. “Canola’s been firm but it really hasn’t shown any reaction whatsoever to the weather; it’s going up because bean oil’s going up and it’s lagging the bean oil gains by quite […] Read more



Turkish currency crisis casts cloud over lentil exports

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — The plunging value of the lira is threatening to curb sales of Canadian lentils to Turkey — traditionally one of Canada’s biggest customers for the pulse. The Turkish lira hit a record low on Monday as soaring inflation and political turmoil sent the currency plunging relative to the U.S. dollar. At the […] Read more



Maduro rebukes Kellogg for leaving Venezuela

Reading Time: 2 minutes Caracas/Valencia | Reuters — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blasted U.S.-based cereal maker Kellogg Co. on Tuesday for pulling out of the country due to the economic crisis and vowed to hand over the company’s factory to workers. At a campaign rally ahead of Sunday’s presidential election, which Maduro is expected to win, the president called […] Read more

Behind the Bitcoin craze, blockchain in agriculture

New online transaction technology is being used to secure interactions between grain buyer and seller

Reading Time: 5 minutes [Updated: Dec. 14, 2017] Winnipeg / Commodity News Service Canada – Across the world Bitcoin has caused a flurry of excitement. But as analysts warn about the potential downfall of the cryptocurrency craze there is a part of it that could survive and change the business world – blockchain. “People are seeing potential here. They […] Read more