Doug Zink checks the quality of soil in his soybean field near Carrington, North Dakota, in August.  |  REUTERS/Dan Koeck photo

Trump’s trade-war aid sows farmer frustration

ROCHESTER, Minn., (Reuters) — The U.S. government is paying Texas cotton farmer J. Walt Hagood US$145 an acre for losses related to President Donald Trump’s trade policies. But Minnesota soybean farmer Betsy Jensen will get just $35 an acre. Both farmers’ sales have taken heavy blows in Trump’s trade war with China. Neither understands why […] Read more

“The globe is round and commodities flow and are fungible,” Duanjie Chen, an economist and analyst with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, writes in a research paper on China’s economic pressure campaign against Canada.
 “China cannot diminish the global market for canola and other agrifood products.”
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Chinese sales boycott not a long-term disaster for canola

Do you think much about fungibility? Perhaps not always, but I suspect you’re now taking rather more than a passing interest in the academic question of how fungible Canada’s canola crop is. After all, if you’re the average prairie farmer, canola is your most consistently profitable crop and likely the key to your future success […] Read more

Relations between China and Canada are strained due to China’s ban of Canadian canola and the arrest of two Canadian citizens there. Many in Canada believe China’s actions were in retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, under a United States extradition request. However, the pork situation is different and it should be resolved quickly, observers said. | File photo

Meat ban not political: sector

A Chinese ban on pork and beef should not damage Canada’s international reputation as a reliable supplier of safe and high quality food, said industry officials. Falsified export certificates on a shipment of frozen pork that landed in China earlier this month caused the ban, according to the Chinese government. The product also tested positive […] Read more



The justification for the total block is that China said it had found a number of fake veterinary health certificates for meat products imported from Canada because of poor supervision, the newspaper said. | File photo

China to halt all meat imports from Canada – media report

OTTAWA, June 25 (Reuters) – China will turn away any “meat products” shipped from Canada starting on Wednesday, according to a report in Le Journal de Montreal, citing an official in the office of the Chinese consulate general in Montreal. The justification for the total block is that China said it had found a number […] Read more


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