Canada’s agricultural exports to the European Union are low, but an argument can be made that that must change as the country navigates the “era of market disruption.”  | REUTERS/Yves herman photo

Improved trade with Europe takes on new urgency

Increased volatility in market access means Canada must improve trade wherever it can — and that means the EU


The commodity boom of the late 2000s and early 2010s has been over for about five years. It’s been replaced by a new era in Canadian agriculture that doesn’t really have an identity. It could be called the era of ”market disruption.” “If market access over the last few years … has taught us anything, […] Read more

In 2017, Canada exported $4.1 billion worth of oilseed products to China, $710 million in meat and offal and $640 million in grain and grain products.
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Chinese ag investment: changing the game

Foreign companies own a large chunk of Western Canada’s agri-food industry. A Swiss firm, Glencore, owns Viterra, one of the largest grain handlers on the Prairies. An American company, Cargill, owns a major beef processing plant in High River, Alta. Brazil’s JBS owns the beef processing plant in Brooks, Alta. A Thai company and Japanese […] Read more

Gene editing will become the next big thing in plant science, crop development and agriculture only if the public accepts the technology. | File photo

Analysis: Public must support gene-editing revolution

Gene editing has the potential to change agriculture, but only if consumers believe it’s a beneficial technology

Experts believe gene editing of crops has more potential than genetic modification or conventional plant breeding. That’s the finding of a University of Saskatchewan research paper, published March 4. It’s important that experts, academics, government officials and agri-business professionals believe in the power of gene-editing technology, but their opinion really doesn’t matter. Gene editing will […] Read more