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The United States and Canada are challenging India's market price support for five pulses at the World Trade Organization. | Screencap via Twitter/@USTradeRep

Canada, U.S. challenge India’s pulse supports at WTO

The United States and Canada are challenging India’s market price support for five pulses at the World Trade Organization. The two countries submitted a counter notification to the WTO’s Committee on Agriculture stating that India’s price support for a variety of pulses is excessive. The U.S. submitted the notification, which was co-sponsored by Canada. “Based […] Read more

The EU will likely buy 800,000 tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018-19, up from its previous five-year average of about 600,000 tonnes, said Chad Molesky, merchandising manager for Viterra’s oilseeds division.
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Europe emerges as big canola market

The European Union could be a sizable market again in 2019-20 for certified Canadian canola, says a grain trader. The EU will likely buy 800,000 tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018-19, up from its previous five-year average of about 600,000 tonnes, said Chad Molesky, merchandising manager for Viterra’s oilseeds division. Canada’s extra business this year […] Read more

Canadian pork steak makes its way to a customer at HyLife Pork Table, a pork themed restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, operated by Manitoba’s HyLife, pork producers and processors. The restaurant opened in 2016.  |  REUTERS/Issei Kato photo

Pork officials see sunnier skies ahead for industry

The hog sector has high hopes for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership


It isn’t the best of times in world pork markets, and the world hog industry is grappling with disease and troubled global economics. But Canada’s hog industry is looking past present challenges and sees a glowing future. “We’re a major player in the world of export,” said Canadian Pork Council chair Rick Bergmann in an […] Read more


Analyst Marlene Boersch believes India is already buying peas.  |  File photo

India expected to return to pulse market soon

Analyst says the country will soon need to buy more pulses because its farmers planted a smaller crop this year

Pulse analyst Marlene Boersch predicts Canadian exports to India will pick up later this year. She told a regional pulse workshop in Regina that India is fundamentally food insecure and is coming off a wet season that was short of moisture. Evidence for her optimism includes smaller planted pulse acres and low stocks. By law, […] Read more

Workers set up a wild boar fence along the Danish-German border last month in an attempt to keep African swine fever out of Denmark.  |  Ritzau Scanpix/Frank Cilius photo

Spectre of African swine fever haunts Canadian industry

Canadian hog farmers and Canada’s pork industry are world export champions, selling most of what they produce to foreign buyers. That’s something to be proud about. Canadian farmers are selling top-quality product to picky foreign buyers who have the choice to buy pork from anywhere, but often find Canada’s to be the best combination of […] Read more


WASDE report has no surprises

WASDE is back, but it didn’t shake the market, indicating that other commodity intelligence was at work in the one-month layoff of American data. The U.S. government’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, often disputed by traders and analysts, are none-the-less a guide to where domestic and international inventories and purchases are taking place. The […] Read more

New trade deals offer hope for more diversified markets

Political relations with China are about as frosty as the Polar Vortex and worries are rampant that China is stalling canola imports so it is hard to believe that just a few months ago Canadian and Chinese officials were talking about doubling agricultural trade by 2025. In November Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Minister of […] Read more

China’s pig crisis offers mixed trade benefits

Pork exports could soar but feed markets could plummet as African swine fever threatens to slash country’s herd

The hog crisis in China might eventually be good for some of Canada’s agricultural exports and bad for others but so far it has had little impact. African swine fever was first detected in China in Liaoning province on Aug. 3, 2018. Since then there have been 105 confirmed outbreaks of the deadly disease in […] 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 soften Alberta direct cattle sales saw moderate volume trade last week, and prices continued to […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$38.50 per cwt. Feb. 8, down from $39.80 Feb. 1. U.S. hogs averaged $49.43 on a carcass basis Feb. 8, down from $50.38 Feb. 1. The U.S. pork cutout was $64.82 per cwt. Feb. 8, down from $66.99 Feb. 1. The estimated U.S. […] Read more