China’s population expected to drop after 2027

Declining demand from China as population falls could have huge implications for the world’s agricultural exporters

With 2.7 billion people, China and India represent about 37 percent of the earth’s population. In comparison to Canada, those two countries have a population of 1,000 cities the size of Toronto. It’s been well reported that India will soon exceed China as the most populous country on Earth. What’s less known is that China’s […] Read more


China-Canada meat deal includes pilot project

The federal agriculture department revealed more details Dec. 7 about greater access for Canadian beef and pork in the Chinese market. Following a trade mission by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that concluded yesterday, there is an agreement to launch a pilot project on the export of chilled and fresh beef and pork from “Canadian establishments […] Read more


China agrees to accept more Canadian meat

More beef and pork can be sold into China following an agreement announced today by the federal government, but details are yet to be revealed. According to the Canadian Meat Council, Canadian bone-in beef, fresh chilled beef and pork products could see expanded access in a deal that could increase exports by up to $100 […] Read more



China snapping up barley exports

Bulk barley exports are more than double last year’s pace de-spite a smaller overall crop. Canadian exporters shipped out 542,000 tonnes of the crop through Week 15 of the 2017-18 crop year, compared to 240,000 tonnes the same time last year. That is a 126 percent increase despite a drop in total supply of the […] Read more


The other trade talks: negotiations with China ongoing

In a normal year, a potential free trade deal between Canada and China would be massive news — at least in Canada. In 2017, it barely merits a mention on TV or in the business section of newspapers. That’s because re-negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement and President Donald’s Trump’s tweets about NAFTA […] Read more



China set for ethanol binge as Beijing pumps up renewable fuel drive

BEIJING, Sept 13 (Reuters) – China’s bold plan to blend renewable fuels into its gasoline supply within three years will revolutionise its fledging biofuels industry, industry players said, likely spurring billions of dollars in investment in ethanol factories. On Wednesday, state media reported Beijing plans to roll out the use of a gasoline known as […] Read more


Soybean cargoes piling up at China’s ports as imports surge

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Ships carrying as much as 700,000 tonnes of soybeans are lined up along China’s coast waiting to discharge, traders said, as huge purchases in recent months by the world’s top buyer led to severe congestion and lifted stockpiles to multi-year highs. The slowdown at the ports and long wait times to […] Read more




China inspires economic envy

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The ex-traordinary transformation of the Chinese economy has the world agog. For companies like Alltech, which manufactures feed ingredients and additives, the agriculture revolution is equally exciting. The company has been in China for 25 years and observed the growth of a youthful urban middle class as well as changes on farms. […] Read more


China, Canada resolve canola-shipping dispute

OTTAWA, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Canada and China have agreed on a solution to a trade dispute over C$2 billion worth of annual canola sales, lasting to 2020, leaders of the two countries said on Thursday. The solution is “predictable, science-based and stable,” ensuring access for Canadian shipments to China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […] Read more