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Great opportunities exist for Canadian pulses, says AGT president

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – To Murad Al-Katib the opportunities for Canadian pulse exports to India are amazing, provided one correctly understands the context of India’s tariffs on pulses. Also, he said those Canadian exporters must realize they need to switch from being solely dependent on commodities to adding value by shipping food and ingredients. “We need […] Read more

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Canada still exporting lots to China: analyst

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Ivy Li brought a much different perspective about China to the Grain World Conference in Saskatoon, Sask. Specializing in Chinese agricultural markets, the Beijing-based independent analyst veered away from the usual statements that often cast China as the bad guy on the world stage. Also, Li pointed out that Canada has been doing […] Read more


Trade access to countries like Peru, Vietnam and China have been threatened by concerns over weed seeds in crop shipments, even though small amounts of dockage are an ever-present element of the global grain trade.
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Weeds emerge as trade barrier

In a world getting touchier about trade access, weed seeds are becoming an issue. That spreading concern is something Canada’s canola industry is grappling with as it keeps a steady eye on the elephant in the canola market. “Weed seeds around the world are becoming more of a trade barrier, or a vexatious issue,” Curtis […] Read more

Canadian wheat sales to China jumped to 1.75 million tonnes last year from a more typical 500,000 to 700,000 tonnes in previous years, and those elevated volumes could be the new norm if the Asian country changes the way it administers the tariff rate quota to be in line with its World Trade Organization obligations.  |  REUTERS/Ben Nelms photo

Wheat sales could skyrocket

China is changing the way it administers its wheat tariff rate quota, and that should result in millions of tonnes of additional sales for exporters in Canada and the United States, say industry associations. “It would be significantly beneficial,” said Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada. When China joined the World Trade Organization it committed […] Read more


Oats have always been associated with “healthy” attributes, but the crop’s market power has not always reflected that reputation because consumer trends away from breakfast cereals have been a drag on products such as Quaker oatmeal and Cheerios.  |  File photo

Rise of oat milk may lift demand

Oat milk is all the rage these days, but will that mean anything at the farmgate? That depends how far the fad goes and how big the trend becomes, said food industry expert Sylvain Charlebois of Dalhousie University. “Things shift very slowly, but they do shift,” said Charlebois. “If there is any market shift, farmers […] Read more

Field production of hemp for CBD oil, cooking oil, protein, fibre and animal feed might soon become an important part of prairie agriculture.  |  File photo

Hemp’s sustainable success rises with use of whole plant

Prairie farmers need another profitable crop for their rotations to relieve the pressure on canola to pay the bills. Hemp might be that crop. Canada legalized the recreational use of cannabis a year ago, unleashing a torrent of investment and news coverage, but for broadacre farmers, that is important only in that it also added […] Read more

Jim Carr, at the time international trade minister, talks to Brian Chorney of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association last November about an upcoming trade mission to China. Canada’s relationship with the Asian country has since deteriorated significantly.  |  File photo

Canada’s relationship with China not dead

With a heavy November snow falling, smiles were everywhere. Chilly weather wasn’t enough to cool the optimism that gripped a group of Canadian farmers’ international representatives as they shared delicacies made from Canadian beef, pork, canola, grain and other prairie farm products in a park in central Winnipeg. These political, government, industry and farmer reps […] Read more


Canfax report

This cattle market information is selected from the weekly report from Canfax, a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. More market information, analysis and statistics are available by becoming a Canfax subscriber by calling 403-275-5110 or at www.canfax.ca. Strong market ahead Fed steers averaged $147.01 per hundredweight last week, down slightly from the previous week, […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was $35.46 per hundredweight Nov. 22, up from $34.35 on Nov. 15. U.S. hogs averaged $41.91 on a carcass basis Nov. 22, up from $42.73 Nov. 15. The U.S. pork cutout was $83.07 per cwt. Nov. 22, down from $88.13 Nov. 15. The estimated […] Read more