In an interview with The Western Producer March 29, International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr said Canada will press the scientific approach to Chinese officials to resolve the canola dispute, but opportunities have recently opened up in other parts of Asia with the enactment of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership with 10 Asian countries. | Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Feds look to replace lost canola sales to China

Canada is reaching out to other countries to determine if they will increase imports of Canadian canola amidst the Chinese embargo, says International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr. In an interview with The Western Producer March 29, Carr said Canada will press the scientific approach to Chinese officials to resolve the canola dispute, but opportunities […] Read more


Before the recent dispute between Canada and China grain traders forecasted China could purchase two million tonnes of Canadian peas this crop year, up from the previous high of 1.3 million tonnes. | Robin Booker photo

UPDATE: No Chinese restriction on Canadian wheat, peas, flax imports

UPDATED – 1110 CST, March 25, 2019 – Canadian government and industry, agriculture and trade officials, say there is officially no abnormal restriction on agricultural product exports to China, with the exception of canola seed. The Canadian Agriculture and Food Trade Association and the federal Minister of Agriculture confirm that the restrictions are only on […] Read more

Jim Everson of the Canola Council of Canada

China stops buying Canadian canola

China has expanded its restriction on buying canola from one company to all Canadian exporters, says Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson. The move follows a decision by Chinese officials earlier this month to stop buying canola from Richardson International, Canada’s largest grain company. The canola council posted a notice on its website on […] Read more


Fuel used on the farm is supposed to be exempt from the federal carbon tax. However, in a March 6 news release, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan said farm fuels purchased at cardlock locations may not qualify for the exemption. | File photo

Carbon tax exemption may not apply to cardlock fuels

Saskatchewan’s general farm organization is calling on the federal ministers of finance and environment to make immediate changes to how farm fuels are treated under the Greenhouse Gas Pricing Act that comes into effect in Saskatchewan April 1. Fuel used on the farm is supposed to be exempt from the federal carbon tax. However, in […] Read more

Viterra Buys North Dakota grain facility

Viterra has acquired full ownership of General Mills’ grain facility at Northgate, N.D. It previously held a 50 percent stake through a joint venture agreement with General Mills. The purchase will continue to expand Viterra’s presence in the United States. Its assets in North Dakota also include special crops facilities in Ray and Minot and […] Read more

Oh, snap

The Polar Vortex pays a visit The polar vortex is an area of cold air with low amospheric pressure in the Arctic. It exists year-round, its winds swirling counterclockwise and inward towards the North Pole. The polar vortex is constrained by the polar jet stream, a narrow, fast-flowing current of air in our upper atmosphere […] Read more


Spring showers celebrate the nature and promise of next-year country.  |  Michael Raine photo

Ag Day in Canada

It’s Ag Day in Canada and a great time to look back at some of the people and issues that shape our agricultural sector in this nation. Food and agriculture in Canada is a multi-billion dollar annual business, but it’s a lot more. Farmers oversee Canada’s vast rural land resource suited for food production. The […] Read more

Spring runoff is expected to be below normal across most of southern Saskatchewan this year. | File photo

Southern Sask. faces below normal spring runoff

Spring runoff is expected to be below normal across most of southern Saskatchewan this year. The province’s Water Security Agency said in its preliminary spring runoff outlook for 2019 that conditions were dry last summer and fall and precipitation so far this winter has been below normal. Below normal snowmelt runoff is also expected in […] Read more