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China, France sign deals worth $15 bln during visit

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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


Canada, China meet over canola stalemate

Reading Time: 4 minutes [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



“Sovereignty of food and resources will become more politically inter-twined with business.” – Neil Hemingway, BroadGrain Commodities

China trade

Will the friction between China and Donald Trump create real opportunities for Canadian soybean growers?

Reading Time: 7 minutes In today’s world, the news headlines that we read in the morning can be turned on their head that afternoon, which is why being able to differentiate what is really newsworthy from what’s just background noise is becoming a critical success factor for farmers. On the trade front, ongoing tensions between the U.S. and China […] Read more

When processors began investing in overseas pineapple production, the writing was on the wall for Hawaii’s island industry.

Is Hawaii the canary in the cornfield?

There is a lesson for us to learn from the island paradise, so get ready for some uncomfortable reading

Reading Time: 7 minutes Since 2012, U.S. grain prices have trended down significantly. Canadian farmers have been somewhat shielded from the price drop by a corresponding slump in the Canadian dollar. However, current prices combined with last year’s weather-related yield and quality losses are resulting in negative margins for many producers. Coffee shop analysts are quick to assign blame […] Read more


Lozova plans to first introduce itself to Canadian farmers with its Ducat disc harrow.

Building their Canadian base

While the rest of us had our eyes turned south, Ukrainian manufacturer Losova used CUFTA to set up shop in Canada

Reading Time: 5 minutes If we’ve heard about NAFTA and USMCA once during the past 12 months, we’ve heard about them a million times, and for good reason. As the U.S. president’s rhetoric around the renegotiations heated up, the risk to established supply chains in virtually every manufacturing sector kept business executives up at night. Now, with a new […] Read more

A weak Canadian dollar is beneficial overall to Canadian farmers as they export the majority of their agricultural products.

Black swans

What will it take to knock Canada’s farmland market out of its holding pattern?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Canadian dollar “Excluding an extraordinary shock to production or commodity prices, a significant increase in the value of the Canadian dollar would have the biggest impact on the supply of farmland available for sale,” says Saskatchewan realtor Tim Hammond. A weak Canadian dollar is beneficial overall to Canadian farmers as they export the majority of […] Read more


Western Canada has seen a substantial expansion of soybean acres.

The wild ride in soybean markets continues

Most years offer some reasonable pricing opportunities. This winter, they may be difficult to find

Reading Time: 5 minutes From small beginnings in the deep southwest of Ontario, soybeans in 2018 have expanded across Canada in a very big way. In fact, when you commence the drive from Windsor, Ont., soybean fields dominate the landscape along the 401 corridor and into Quebec. It is the same in parts of Manitoba, with smaller acreages dotting […] Read more

CPTPP trade agreement ratified

Canada will be among the original six and will gain some benefit from moving early

Reading Time: 1 minute The last domestic legislative hurdle to enacting the CPTPP trade deal with Pacific rim countries has been cleared. The deal was approved by senate and received Royal Assent the afternoon of Oct. 25. The moves makes Canada one of the first countries to ratify the 11 nation deal which comes into effect once the first […] Read more