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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

China restricts Canadian wheat, peas, flax imports

Saskatoon newsroom China plans to restrict or stop imports of Canadian agricultural commodities beyond canola, according to a report from The Globe and Mail. The story states, “purchase plans for wheat, peas, flax seed and rapeseed meal have all been canceled,” said Gao Huazhi, chief executive of Jiangsu Tongliang International, which imports Canadian agricultural products. […] Read more

It's no longer just Richardson International that's prevented from selling Canadian canola to China. | File photo

China drops the other shoe – on Canadian canola

Not much for Canada to do but carry on building new markets

It looks like China has dropped the other shoe, after first treading into the trade war area three weeks ago. China stops buying Canadian canola. It’s no longer just Richardson International that’s prevented from selling Canadian canola to China. While the Chinese customs authority does not appear to have explicitly banned Canada’s canola from being […] 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

“Consumers still spend a lot of money on beef. It is their number one protein expenditure,” said Brian Perillat of Canfax. 
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Strong beef demand continues to keep industry healthy

RED DEER — The story of Canada’s shrinking cow herd is getting repetitious yet the industry continues to do reasonably well thanks to good demand for beef. “Consumers still spend a lot of money on beef. It is their number one protein expenditure,” said Brian Perillat of Canfax. Consumption has grown for the last three […] Read more

A six percent increase in Canadian flax acres is expected this year over the 980,000 acres planted last year.  |  File photo

Tension with China also worries flax

China buys a lot of Canadian flax, and an analyst says farmers can’t afford to lose market share to political issues

Canada’s concerns about sales to China go beyond canola, says market analyst Marlene Boersch. More than half of Canadian flax exports so far this year have gone to China, and Boersch said farmers can’t afford to lose market share to political issues. China can source most crops, including flax, from other suppliers. “It is possible […] Read more

Countries such as Canada are put in a bind when many of the nations with which they signed trade agreements don’t appear eager to play fair.  |  File photo

Canada needs to find like-minded nations on trade field

Canada is avoiding being a naive boy scout, resisting the temptation to play bully, and trying to find a way to be a canny survivor. For Canadian farmers, exporting has suddenly become vexatious. Figuring out how to move forward without being a sucker or a fool is one of the keys to future Canadian farm […] Read more

The potential damage caused by African swine fever in Canada would be devastating to producers and a major hit to the economy, threatening 100,000 jobs and $24 billion in economic activity linked to pork production.  | REUTERS/Daniel Acker photo

Feds must be guard dog protecting against hog disease

When we think of dogs in agriculture the first image might be a shepherd guarding a flock of sheep. But in Canada right now a more important canine is the stalwart sniffer dog at airports, protecting the nation’s multibillion-dollar pork industry. The federal government is engaging admirably to protect this country’s herd from the threat […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$39.74 per hundredweight March 15, up from $35.61 March 8. U.S. hogs averaged $54.20 on a carcass basis March 15, up from $45.86 March 8. The U.S. pork cutout was $68.89 per cwt. March 15, up from $65.04 March 1. The estimated U.S. […] 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 Stronger fed price Fed prices have strengthened by $6.75 per hundredweight over the past three weeks. Fed […] Read more

According to the latest report, managed money and other reportable speculators increased their net short position in canola by more than 8,000 contracts, to 55,273, during the week ended March 12. | File photo

Fund short position climbs above 55,000 in canola

Winnipeg – Fund traders were active in the ICE Futures canola market during the week ended March 12 adding to their large net short position, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (CoT) report compiled by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to the latest report, managed money and other reportable speculators […] Read more