U.S. farm groups, politicians reject emergency subsidies

WASHINGTON — With fear and anxiety gripping American farmers as a trade war with China looms, the United States government is considering emergency subsidies. But major players of both political parties in the U.S. Congress express worries about special payments to farmers. Many say that staying out of a trade war would be a better […] Read more


Richardson plans food centre

Richardson International isn’t just a grain company and regional player any longer, and it’s spending more than $30 million to prove it. A new Richardson Innovation Centre will be built in downtown Winnipeg, in the shadow of the Richardson Building, both as a way to develop new food products and to prove to buyers and […] Read more


Farmers urged to continue fighting federal tax reform proposals

Many farmers might have forgotten about the federal government’s small business tax changes and are assuming they are not coming. That’d be a mistake, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Big changes are still rolling toward farm business reality, and farmers must prepare to face them and encourage the federal government to back off […] Read more



The facility will complement other research taking place in Winnipeg

Richardson International isn’t just a grain company and regional player any longer, and it’s spending more than $30 million to prove it. A new Richardson Innovation Centre will be built in downtown Winnipeg, in the shadow of the Richardson Building, both as a way to develop new food products and to prove to buyers and […] Read more


Frisky market rally ignores larger reality of oversupply

It was out with the old and in with the new when crop markets rallied on the United States Department of Agriculture’s planting intentions report. But even though we all get frisky in the springtime and want to forget about the dreary old crop hanging over us, that friskiness can distract from reality. Sure, U.S. […] Read more



EU delegation gathers trade intel on Manitoba

European Union sends representatives to Canada to explore more trade possibilities as relationship with United States worsens

With darkness growing south of the border, Manitoba has looked east to the European Union and found sunnier approaches to trade. The Canada-EU free trade deal is now in place, and EU members and Manitoba representatives recently got together to explore more trade possibilities as the trade climate south, in the United States, grows more […] Read more


Canada-EU trade deal more important than ever

A couple years ago, when Canada was working hard to complete the Canada-European Union trade deal, a lot of people within farming and agriculture were skeptical. After all, everybody knew that the Europeans were never going to accept two-way trade, so we were probably just getting played for fools, said many skeptics. A couple of […] Read more


Consumer demand increasing for ‘clean’ food

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Consumers want their food to be clean. And food processors and restaurateurs are giving it to them. “Clean label is considered to be a table stake now,” said food scientist and consumer products researcher Kristie Sigler in a presentation to the Canola Council of Canada annual meeting March 8. When it […] Read more



Man. budget draws favourable reaction; carbon tax rankles

Manitoba farmer groups were generally happy with the 2018-19 provincial budget, although the implications of the soon-to-be-imposed carbon tax hangs over their heads. It appeared to be seen as a budget that made modest improvements in areas that affect farming, without providing big money or ambitious promises. “We were pretty pleased with it,” said Manitoba […] Read more


Trade war might not boost hog prices for Canada

U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China threatens to crimp U.S. pork exports and has already weakened U.S. prices. While Canada might sell more to China because of the tit-for-tat scrapping, prices to producers are likely to be disappointing. “You people need to stop following the U.S. market,” said Iowa State University agricultural economist […] Read more