Canada oat, barley production up, according to StatsCan survey

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Oat production in Canada grew by 16.9 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, and barley production was up by 19.2 percent, according to a recent Statistics Canada survey, based in part on satellite and agroclimatic data. The survey also said that all-wheat production increased by 0.9 percent, while canola production was expected […] Read more


At Trump's direction, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has rolled out $28 billion in trade aid for farmers over the past two years - $12 billion last year and another $16 billion announced this July and being disbursed now. |  REUTERS/Carlos Barria photo

Trump trade-war aid sows frustration in farm country

ROCHESTER, Minn., (Reuters) – The U.S. government is paying Texas cotton farmer J. Walt Hagood $145 an acre for losses related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. But Minnesota soybean farmer Betsy Jensen will get just $35 an acre. Both farmers’ sales have taken heavy blows in Trump’s trade war with China. Neither understands […] Read more


Bunge buys minority stake in Brazilian farm supplier

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Commodities trader and food processor Bunge Ltd said on Thursday it had bought a 30 percent stake in Brazilian company Agrofel Grãos e Insumos, which sells agricultural supplies in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. According to a Bunge statement, the deal is in line with the company’s strategy […] Read more

China to exempt U.S. pork, soybeans from additional tariffs

SHANGHAI, (Reuters) – China will exempt some agricultural products from additional tariffs on U.S. goods, including pork and soybeans, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Friday, in the latest sign of easing Sino-U.S. tensions before a new round of talks aimed at curbing a bruising trade war. The United States and China have both made […] Read more


Canada has sought bilateral consultations with China at the World Trade Organization over the canola dispute.  |  File photo

Canada challenges China at WTO

OTTAWA (Reuters) — Canada, locked in a major dispute with Beijing, is taking the first formal step at the World Trade Organization to challenge China’s decision to block Canadian canola exports, Trade Minister Jim Carr said Sept. 6. China, angry at Canada’s detention of a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive last year on a United […] Read more

Argentina, the top international supplier of soymeal, announced on Tuesday that China would allow imports for the first time following decades of talks. It was a breakthrough amid a whipsawing trade war between Washington and Beijing that has hit U.S. growers. | Screencap via bcr.com.ar

Argentine farmers cheer China soymeal deal while U.S. growers fret

BUENOS AIRES/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Argentine soy farmers and crushers expect a boost in demand next year after the South American grains giant won long-sought approval from China to export soymeal to the world’s biggest consumer of the livestock feed. Argentina, the top international supplier of soymeal, announced on Tuesday that China would allow imports for […] Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off a challenging six-week re-election campaign on Wednesday and immediately faced new questions about a nagging ethics scandal that could cut support for his Liberal Party. | Reuters photo

Trudeau kicks off re-election campaign

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off a challenging six-week re-election campaign on Wednesday and immediately faced new questions about a nagging ethics scandal that could cut support for his Liberal Party. Trudeau, who swept to office in November 2015 promising “sunny ways” and stressing the importance of gender equality and the […] Read more



Statscan said there was a decline of 1 million tonnes in canola shipments to China year over year. | Robin Booker photo

Canadian canola stocks set record high on China snub

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA Sept 6 – Canadian canola piled up in commercial storage and on farms to an all-time high this summer, a government agency said on Friday, after top importer China significantly cut back its purchases earlier this year. Total canola stocks swelled to 3.9 million tonnes, up 55 percent from last year, Statistics Canada […] Read more