The author argues that using Canada’s Parliament to litigate China’s human rights record in Xinjiang province is not in the larger interest of Canadian farmers, who should tell politicians to dial back the rhetoric. | Reuters photo

Hawkish China policy must be fought

On Feb. 22, the Canadian Parliament approved Michael Chong’s opposition motion accusing China of genocide in its western Xinjiang province. Canadian farmers do not want to go down this road. The problem is not just that charges of genocide and forced labour in Xinjiang have scant proof to back them up. The Xinjiang issue is […] Read more

The government wants to keep a lid on corn and soymeal prices, which have been skyrocketing in the country and are, in turn, driving up the costs of pork and poultry products. | Reuters photo

New feedgrain policy may have ramifications

China wants livestock farmers to use less corn and soybeans, which could increase demand for wheat, barley and peas

China’s new feedgrain policy should be a boon for western Canadian farmers, says an analyst. Reuters reports that the world’s largest consumer of the commodity issued new guidelines on April 21 recommending that hog and poultry producers use less corn and soymeal in their rations. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued a […] Read more

The USDA expects the country's corn purchases to drop to 15 million tonnes, down from a record 28 million tonnes this year, according to the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. | File photo

Trade rejects Chinese import worries

Grain traders are brushing off a U.S. Department of Agriculture report that expects China’s corn and wheat imports to be cut in half in 2021-22. The USDA expects the country’s corn purchases to drop to 15 million tonnes, down from a record 28 million tonnes this year, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The […] Read more


Brennan Turner, CEO of Combyne, believes the new Chinese guidelines will be a blessing for Prairie farmers because it opens the door for the importation of competing feed ingredients like wheat, barley and peas. | File photo

New feedgrain policy may have ramifications

China’s new feed grain policy should be a boon for western Canadian farmers, says an analyst. Reuters reports that the world’s largest consumer of the commodity issued new guidelines on April 21 recommending that hog and poultry producers use less corn and soymeal in their rations. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued […] Read more

A new variant of the African swine fever disease is spreading in China putting the brakes on the expansion of the hog herd and the consumption of soybean meal and feed grains. | Reuters photo

ASF resurgence in China may slow imports of feedgrains

China’s soybean consumption is slowing as a new wave of African swine fever takes hold in that country, says an analyst. The country’s hog herd had been rebounding from the disease much faster than many analysts had anticipated, but there has been a setback in that recovery. A new variant of the disease is spreading […] Read more


China's ministry of agriculture has been instructed to construct seed

China continues to warm up to ag biotech

Canada’s crop sector is pleased that China appears to be changing its stance on genetically modified crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that there has been a notable development in China’s annual policy guidelines for agriculture and rural development. “The central government’s emphasis on supporting seed development, including biotech seeds, is a new feature,” […] Read more

A new variant of the African swine fever disease is spreading in China putting the brakes on the expansion of the hog herd and the consumption of soybean meal and feed grains. | Reuters photo

ASF resurgence in China may slow feedgrain imports

China’s soybean consumption is slowing as a new wave of African swine fever takes hold in that country, says an analyst. The country’s hog herd had been rebounding from the disease much faster than many analysts had anticipated, but there has been a setback in that recovery. A new variant of the disease is spreading […] Read more

The National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration announced it has a 650 million tonne stockpile, according to a story on the World Grain website. | Reuters photo

Is Chinese wheat demand a one-off?

China claims it has successfully rebuilt its grain reserves to a comfortable level. The National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration announced it has a 650 million tonne stockpile, according to a story on the World Grain website. That is enough to meet China’s domestic needs for wheat and cereal grains for more than one year. […] Read more


Barley sales up as China diversifies

Canada appears to already be benefiting from a new policy in China aimed at diversifying its feed ingredients, says an industry executive and an analyst. “I understand there has been substantial new crop feed barley sales into China already,” said Peter Watts, managing director of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre. “That’s unusual. We typically […] Read more

New variants of the African swine fever virus are causing a second wave of disease this winter in China.  | Reuters photo

China’s struggle with ASF variants may hike pork imports

Canada posted a record for pork exports in 2020, and as new variants of African swine fever spread in China and elsewhere in Asia there is a good chance off-shore pork movement could again be strong in 2021. Canada exported $5.09 billion of pork in 2020, up 20 percent from the $4.25 billion exported in […] Read more