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Barley trade routes redrawn as China tariff hits Australian farmers

China's barley purchases from Canada more than double last year's

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sydney/Paris | Reuters — Out in Australia’s grain fields, farmers have started harvesting one of their biggest-ever barley crops, after drought-relieving rains convinced many to plant to the edges of their paddocks. Yet the tractors are working under the cloud of a new tariff imposed by China — seen widely as retaliation for Australia’s push […] Read more

Newfoundland beef producers backed to develop abattoirs

Three proposals get six figures each; breeding cows also provided

Reading Time: 2 minutes A provincial call for proposals to boost beef slaughter capacity in Newfoundland and Labrador has yielded three successful applicants. The provincial government on Nov. 5 announced its Beef Industry Enhancement Initiative will provide just over $1.8 million in total to its three successful proposals: $719,750 for Troy Humber of Northern Arm, about 40 km northeast […] Read more



Ginseng piling up in Canada despite Chinese demand

Travel restrictions depress new-crop sales

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg/Hong Kong | Reuters — The pandemic’s crushing effect on international travel has grounded Canadian exports of ginseng, a root widely used in Asia to treat everything from the common cold to impotency, at a time when health is top of consumers’ minds. Canada is the world’s second-largest ginseng exporter after China, with most of […] Read more


China targets pork self-sufficiency rate of 95 per cent

Imported beef increasing in market share

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — China is aiming to produce 95 per cent of its pork at home, according to a cabinet document outlining plans for its livestock sector, underscoring a goal to quickly rebuild its huge pig herd after a major disease epidemic. The document, released on Sunday, comes amid a heightened focus on food […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans touch two-year top on China buying spree

Wheat up on technical buying, cash prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures extended their rally on Thursday, rising 1.7 per cent to set a two-year high as brisk demand from China continued to support the oilseed market. Corn rose as the strength in soybeans overshadowed pressure from a smaller-than-expected Chinese corn import quota. Wheat futures jumped on technical buying and […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME hogs up on another swine fever case in Germany

Cash cattle values firming

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. hog futures rose on Thursday as Germany confirmed one more case of African swine fever in a wild boar, fueling market hopes that China will boost U.S. pork imports. The new case follows six others confirmed in wild boars, not farm animals, in the past week. While no farm animals […] Read more



Canadian canola prices spike as shippers find back door to China

'Profits are extravagant... It is like gold oil now'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg/Beijing | Reuters — Canadian canola prices have soared to the highest in nearly two years, despite a diplomatic dispute between Ottawa and Beijing, as exporters find roundabout ways to reach top oilseed buyer China. Chinese authorities have since March 2019 blocked canola shipments by two Canadian exporters, an action they took after Canadian police […] Read more

China’s slower meat imports seen worsening its protein shortage

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — China’s dwindling pace of meat imports, thanks to its tough measures against coronavirus contamination, will provide further support for prices already buoyed by a severe shortage of pork, analysts said. Purchases of pork and other meats have soared this year after domestic production shrank 30 per cent following an outbreak of […] Read more