Send Chretien to crack China’s coldness?

It was a nostalgic feeling last week to hear the names “Mulroney” and “Chretien” being batted around in the national news again, connected with each other. The former Prime Ministers weren’t fighting, but rather Brian Mulroney was said to be lobbying present PM Justin Trudeau to dispatch Jean Chretien to China to try to fix […] Read more


U.S. announces US$16 billion of farm assistance

Winnipeg – The United States Department of Agriculture will implement US$16 billion in programs to pay out farmers hurt by “unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions.” “China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President (Donald) Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear message that […] Read more


Canada's agriculture minister met with her Chinese counterpart in a side meeting at the recent G20 gathering but there appears to be no break in the canola impasse. | Screencap via g20agrijapan.maff.go.jp

Bibeau meets Chinese minister

Canada’s agriculture minister met with her Chinese counterpart in a side meeting at the recent G20 gathering but there appears to be no break in the canola impasse. Marie-Claude Bibeau told reporters during a May 13 conference call that she expressed to minister Han Changfu her deep concern about the suspension of Canadian canola exports […] Read more

Next round of U.S. tariffs on China at least a month away – Mnuchin

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, (Reuters) – The United States is at least a month from enacting its proposed tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese imports as it studies the impact on consumers, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday. Washington this month hiked existing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 perent, […] Read more


The top five commodities that received aid were soybeans, corn, wheat, cotton and sorghum while the top five states receiving the payments were Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Indiana, the USDA spokesman said. | File photo

U.S. farmers receive $8.52 billion in aid to date, USDA says

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has to date paid out $8.52 billion (CDN$11.44 billion) in direct payments to American farmers as part of the 2018 aid program, designed to offset losses from trade tariffs by China and other trading partners, a spokesman for the agency said. U.S. President Donald Trump […] Read more

U.S. planning to support farmers amid China trade spat: Perdue

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday President Donald Trump had asked him to create a plan to support American farmers amid a trade dispute with China that has hit the U.S. agricultural sector hard. “While China may backtrack, @POTUS is steadfast in his support for U.S. farmers and […] Read more

China’s consumers are changing and the middle class market’s growth is seen as a global economy driver over the coming decade. Families shop at an international supermarket in Beijing.  |  REUTERS/Jason Lee photo

Challenging assumptions

Farmers have heard the mantra time and again: the developing world, led by China, is growing; its expanding population is growing richer; it will demand more and more high-quality food; it won’t be able to produce that food for itself as it runs out of land and water; and western Canadian farmers will be needed […] Read more



Hog farmers and pork processors are hoping that China hasn't added Canadian pork to its trade retaliation targets. | File photo

China suspends pork export licences

Hog farmers and pork processors are hoping that China hasn’t added Canadian pork to its trade retaliation targets. The Olymel plant in Red Deer is one of two plants known to have had their export licenses for China temporarily suspended for apparent labelling problems. “Olymel management is assessing the situation with the appropriate authorities,” said […] Read more