Canadian farm exports remain strong, for now

Top 10 ag exporters in 2015 (percent of total market share):

Canadian agriculture has been keeping pace with the rest of the economy, but growth is levelling off and future directions depend on the value of the loonie. Farm Credit Canada is projecting that plateau won’t be easily overcome. The lower value of the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. currency has buoyed Canadian commodity export […] Read more

Sask. premier to talk trade in China, S. Korea

The Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership includes:

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is heading to South Korea and China this month to help build export markets for the province’s agricultural and mining products. The 11-day trip, which was scheduled to begin Sept. 17, will cost taxpayers $130,000 and coincides with a trade mission led by the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership. Wall said […] Read more

China raps Ottawa as dispute over Canada canola exports deepens

OTTAWA, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A dispute over Canadian canola exports to China intensified on Thursday when Beijing criticized Ottawa’s insistence that bilateral relations could not improve until the matter is settled. The situation is threatening to mar Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit to China next week to deepen ties between the two […] Read more

Canada China meet to solve canola spat as deadline looms

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Canadian officials are in Beijing this week to try to convince China to back off a plan to toughen its standard for Canada’s canola shipments, which threatens to stalled $2 billion in trade, government and industry officials said on Wednesday. China’s quarantine authority AQSIQ told Ottawa in February that […] Read more

What’s behind pulses’ shift to bulk exports?

Bulk is king when it comes to ocean freight, says a grain transportation expert. Bulk shipping rates are at historically low levels, said Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., the government appointed grain monitor. Panamax vessels are renting out for $4,000 to $4,500 per day compared to more than $90,000 during the heyday of 2007 […] Read more

Hemp takes off in S. Korea

A strange product appeared on a home shopping channel in South Korea last November. It was hempseed, which was virtually unknown in Korea at the time. The entire supply, nearly 10,000 kilograms, sold out in less than an hour. The surprising response prompted more shipments of Canadian hempseed to South Korea and a distribution deal […] Read more

Pulse exports on pace for banner year

Commodity experts predict huge volumes of lentils and peas to be shipped as India ramps up for ‘monstrous’ imports

Expect another “monstrous” pulse export program during the first half of 2015-16, say industry analysts. “It’s going to be huge,” said Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research. Exports are on pace with last year’s record-setting program and he doesn’t see any let up for pea or lentil demand in the near future. “That has […] Read more

Is Canadian wheat in decline?

Some international buyers say Canada’s reputation as a high-quality provider of top protein wheat is in jeopardy because of changes to how grain is loaded and blended for export

An international marketer of Canadian wheat is ringing the alarm that Canada is jeopardizing its reputation as a source of high quality, consistent crop. If this continues, markets could be lost. “It is the first time in our history that our clients are asking us to look for other origins in replacement of Canada,” said […] Read more

Container trucker strike hurting special crops

The one bright light in grain transportation has been dimmed. A container trucker strike at Port Metro Vancouver is wreaking havoc with pulse and special crops exports. “It definitely causes a huge disruption of our Vancouver shipments,” said Darren Lemieux, head trader with Simpson Seeds Inc. About 1,000 non-unionized container truckers went on strike on […] Read more

UAE holds untapped potential for farmers

New business model | Firm seeking growers to supply raw materials for processors in United Arab Emirates

When she was an international trade commissioner for Agriculture Canada in Dubai, Nicole Rogers saw the opportunities that Canadian farmers were missing. Dubai and other wealthy Persian Gulf countries don’t grow food. “They’re import dependent,” she told a forum at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina June 21. “Ninety percent to more of their food […] Read more