China about to change global meat sector

I have a great life — and it’s all about food. I get to grow some food, mostly for other folks. I get to write about, and direct editorial traffic around, agriculture and food at one of the best farming publications on the planet. And I get the opportunity to help other farmers grow more […] Read more


A house at Yorkton, Sask., defeats winter with very low heating costs. The Canadian Dome Industries building has comparable construction expenses to other types of structures, but will out-perform other buildings when it comes to heating, cooling and maintenance.  |  Canadian Dome Industries photo

Dome on the range: oblate ellipses efficient

Buildings in the round can deliver lower operating costs and reduce risk to perils from weather and fire


Domes are all backward. The insulation is on the outside, the concrete is inside. The forms stay in place forever. Dome buildings are an example where form is functional. “The look of the dome is different. But so are the benefits,” said Andrew Trapp of Canadian Dome Industries in Saskatoon. Virtually fire and weather proof, […] Read more


Last weekend, Canada offered China a

Technical trade trip to China planned on canola cuts

Canada is working with China to arrange a technical, trade-diplomacy trip to deal with what latter claims is a quality issue with Canadian canola. Last weekend, Canada offered China a “high-level” team that could deal with technical considerations that might exist related to the quality of Canadian canola exports. The move comes after China suspended […] Read more

New NAFTA attempts to avoid U.S. politics

Whether it’s called NAFTA, as the president of the United States did this week, or USMCA, the North American trade deal needs to move fast if it is going to avoid going slow. “No one can, with a straight face, tell us that Canadian steel and aluminum pose a threat to American national security,” said […] Read more


The official story behind the ban of Canadian canola is that China claims to have found some potentially dangerous elements in Canadian canola exports and they are working with that nation to solve the problem. | File photo

Canada toes the official line on China

China’s pain has been inflicted mainly upon the plain, or the Plains to be specific. The official story behind the ban of Canadian canola, and one cannot blame Canadian officials for sticking to their talking points, is that China claims to have found some potentially dangerous elements in Canadian canola exports and they are working […] Read more


On the policy side, if you personally support petroleum production in Canada, it is hard to argue with buying a pipeline and expanding it to ensure exports, while waiting out court orders and regulatory impositions that no government could ignore.
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Canada: constitutional confusion

Where you live in the country and where your personal politics reside has a lot to do with how supportive one might be of our current federal government. But, it would be very difficult to take issue with the success of the economy or the levels of support, both fiscally and spiritually, the Liberals have […] Read more


Hog farmer Han Yi shovels corn for his pigs in China’s Changtu county. The country remains at a critical crossroads in global grain markets. African swine fever threatens demand, while agricultural trade with the U.S. and Canada remains stifled.  |  REUTERS/Ryan Woo photo

WASDE fails to move markets off lower path

The USDA’s supply and demand report failed to offer any insights into a market illuminated only by a Chinese lantern

The world’s grains and oilseeds markets seem solidly stuck in sideways, with the only light forward coming from the fragile glow of a Chinese lantern. World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates by the United States Department of Agriculture cast little more illumination on where prices might be headed, other than more of the same. The […] Read more

Rotations long been focus for agriculture

In the 1830s, The Farmers’ Cabinet, and American Herd-book arrived in the mailboxes of about 10,000 farmers in United States. It covered nearly all aspects of production agriculture, from growing crops and livestock to processing, financing and selling them. Twice each month, farmers received 16 book-pages for the modern equivalent price of about US$48 annually. […] Read more