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The Responsible Grain Code is an initiative of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crop headed by Ted Menzies, a former secretary of state for finance in Stephen Harper's Conservative government. | Screencap via responsiblegrain.ca

Grain sector develops code of practice

Canada’s grain sector is developing a code of practice to build trust with international customers but a food industry analyst thinks it is little more than a smokescreen. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops has developed a draft code called the Responsible Grain code. The voluntary code contains a list of 73 practices farmers can […] Read more

Flax production increase d in the European Union this year but it is still “highly insufficient” to cover the demand from EU processors.  | File photo

Rising demand boosts flax

A leading international oilseed analyst is shedding some light on why Canadian flax prices are approaching record levels. Some Canadian analysts are speculating that the strong prices are the result of either a Black Sea crop failure or logistical problems in that region of the world. “The disruption of the flax supply in the Black […] Read more

“We are overdue for a multi-year drought,” said Drew Lerner, presi-dent of World Weather Inc. | File photo

North American farmers warned to prepare for long dry spell

North America farmers might have to get used to the dry conditions many experienced in 2020, says a meteorologist. “We are overdue for a multi-year drought,” said Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc. “I am totally convinced of that.” Multi-year droughts occurred in the late 1800s, the 1930s, 1950s and to some degree in […] Read more


Canada harvested a big red lentil crop this year, estimated at 3.07 million tonnes. That is up 29 percent from last year.  |  File photo

Turkey continues as major buyer of red lentils

Canada provides the lion’s share of the country’s imports, which so far this year has been double the five-year average

Canada’s second largest red lentil market has been on a shopping spree in 2020 and that trend will continue to a lesser degree in 2021, says a processor of the crop. Turkey imported 455,351 tonnes of lentils during the first nine months of 2020, which is double the previous five year average for that period, […] Read more

China’s pork production is expected to climb to 41.5 million tonnes in 2021, up nine percent from the 38 million tonnes produced in 2020 but still far below the 54 million tonnes produced in 2018.  | Reuters/Tingshu Wang photo

China’s strong pork imports not ending any time soon

Pork prices in China in October were three percent lower than the same month a year ago, marking the first year-over-year price drop since February 2019. The pig herd was up 27 percent from the year before and the sow herd up 31.5 percent. That is significant because it shows China is making progress controlling […] Read more


Canada is in the rare situation of likely having better access to our former mother country than key competitors.  At least for a while. 
| Screencap via YouTube/Government of Canada

Trade opportunity with U.K. not one to be squandered

Canada might be able to steal a march into the United Kingdom’s sizable, wealthy and quality-conscious market. With the United States under a Joe Biden administration possibly ignoring the opportunity that Brexit opens to his country’s farmers and food companies, and the European Union running the chance of losing some access, Canada is in the […] Read more

Significant changes in China’s manufacturing sector have resulted in overproduction of agricultural chemicals and a drop in the price of many off-patent active ingredients in recent years.  | File photo

Pesticide supplies expected to be plentiful

Shortages were a concern earlier in the year when COVID shut down Chinese plants, but those problems were temporary

Farmers shouldn’t have problems sourcing agricultural chemicals this winter and spring, says an industry analyst. “We don’t see any shortage of products,” said David Frabotta, editor of AgriBusiness Global, a publication that reports on the agrochemical industry. “We do see fairly full value chains and fairly stable prices, on par with what we saw last […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was $44.96 Nov. 27 and not available Nov. 20. U.S. hogs averaged $56.73 on a carcass basis Nov. 27, down from $58.73 Nov. 20. The U.S. pork cutout was $79.96 per hundredweight Nov. 27, up from $78.17 Nov. 20. The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter […] 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. Fed prices hold range The fed market has gained a little momentum over the past couple of […] Read more

Everybody’s getting resilient – but what does that really mean?

These days everything is getting referred to as resilient. Canada’s food system is being described as being “resilient” for having faced the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic and failing to break, although it seemed like it might buckle for a while. After initially running short on flour, toilet paper and a range of products, there […] Read more