It’s possible that changing choices at the grocery store are the beginning of a permanent shift in lifestyle.  |  File photo

Move to meatless meals will affect livestock producers

A grocery flyer in my daily newspaper a few days after New Year’s Day caused me to raise my eyebrows. Featuring foods such as almond and coconut drinks, gluten-free pasta, and veggie protein meat replacement products, it was dedicated to vegetarian and organic foods, protein powders and vitamins. But it did not come from a […] Read more

Studies such as the recent Canada’s Food Price Report 2019 are often taken out of context by emphasizing the worst possible outcomes. In actual fact, the study’s findings aren’t as bad as what has been reported.  |  File photo

Food costs might rise modestly but are still affordable

One challenge journalists face is to provide context to the issues and events they cover while mindful of the space and time constraints inherent in their medium. Facts by themselves might yield little meaning or the wrong meaning if they are not given context. I yearned for a little more context in the reporting on […] Read more

Algeria is starting to succeed in its efforts to become self-sufficient in durum.  |  File photo

Big Algerian durum crop weighs down price prospects

When searching for the reason for poor durum prices this year we know Italy’s country-of-origin labelling requirement is a problem, but we must also note Algeria’s pursuit of durum self-sufficiency. Algeria is often the largest buyer of Canadian durum, so it raised eyebrows a few years ago when the government decided it would be better […] Read more


Torrid exports early in the crop year mean Agriculture Canada’s forecast of full year wheat exports of 22.3 million tonnes is in reach.  |  REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin photo

China boosts Canada’s early season wheat export pace

Canada exported 5.44 million tonnes of wheat in the first 15 weeks of the crop year, which is likely a record amount for this time of year, helping to keep Canada’s overall crop export pace ahead of last year. The Canadian Grain Commission weekly statistics report showed a very strong export performance in week 15 […] Read more

The forecast for U.S. year-end soybean stocks is ballooning to a record high because of that country’s trade war with China.  |  File photo

U.S. soy stocks rise while China swims in ocean of corn

There are several take-away messages from the November monthly supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you take China’s stocks out of the totals, global corn and wheat year-end stocks should shrink this year compared to last, providing support for grain prices. The November estimate of the U.S. soybean crop is […] Read more


Brazil’s controversial president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, will likely create considerable uncertainty for a country that depends on trade.  |  REUTERS/Lucas Landau photo

Brazil’s new president sure to shake up agricultural giant

Brazil’s farmers are posting a record pace of soybean seeding this season even as they paused twice to vote in the country’s national election. News accounts say farmers generally favoured the candidate who won the race in a second round run-off vote, the conservative and controversial Jair Bolsonaro. At the end of October, farmers had […] Read more

A study that says climate change could double the price of beer is based on predictions that barley yields could fall three to 17 percent, but the minuscule amount of barley in a bottle of beer is worth only a few pennies.  |  Getty Images

Climate change and beer study sends wrong message

Reports on a study that says climate change could cause beer prices to double have been all over the news, science programs and late night comedy shows. Few things related to food grab people’s attention more than beer, except maybe bacon. With all the craft brewers around these days it’s easy for reporters to find […] Read more

Soybean and corn farmer Marc Kaiser points out features of one of his grain bins to a Chinese trade delegation near Norborne, Missouri, U.S., Aug. 28. Despite his efforts to make his products attractive to Chinese buyers, Kaiser’s soybeans are worth US$2.50 less per bushel than those of other countries in the Chinese market right now.  |  REUTERS/Dave Kaup photo

Grain exports down so far, but could soon jump

The trade war between the United States and China has had little impact on Canada’s grain exports so far. As of Sept. 23, the eighth week of the crop year, exports of all crops stood at a little more than 5.6 million tonnes, down from about 5.4 million at the same point last year, but […] Read more


Fewer U.S. soybeans sold early into the marketing-year might end up leaving fewer U.S. beans sold overall, which would be bad for all oilseeds, including canola.  |  Michael Raine photo

Can China do without soybeans and will it do it this year?

The United Sates Department of Agriculture surprised the market last week with yield forecasts for corn and soybeans that posted new records and were larger than expected. Corn futures fell particularly hard on the monthly report but soybean prices hung on, based on reports that the U.S. had reached out to China to resume talks […] Read more

The Canadian Pork Council has asked the federal government for help similar to what the U.S. government has given to producers to cushion the blow from its trade actions.  |  File photo

Canadian pork is collateral damage in trade battles

Canadian hog producers suffered this summer through no fault of their own and are asking the federal government for financial assistance. Hog futures and cash prices fell much more than the normal seasonal retracement following the usual spring rally. The main reason for the decline was the trade war the United States is fighting against […] Read more