Canadian dairy and lumber were repeatedly brought up, as were Mexican potatoes and industrial products. | File photo

Canada takes heat during U.S. trade official’s hearing

Keeping American politicians’ eyes on the real threats to American exports and jobs is a challenge that United States President Joe Biden’s administration and its international trade leaders will have to tackle. That was clear to see in the Feb. 25 Senate confirmation hearing for Katherine Tai, Biden’s pick for U.S. Trade Representative. On one […] Read more

Indonesia buys CWRS wheat from Canada to make food products such as noodles.  |  Reuters/Enny Nuraheni photo

Wheat growers eye Indonesian trade talks

The Asian country typically accounts for about two million tonnes, or 11 percent, of Canada’s annual wheat exports

The wheat sector is excited about the prospect of Canada entering into trade agreement negotiations with Indonesia. Global Affairs Canada announced earlier this year that it was launching public consultations on a possible bilateral trade deal with Canada’s largest export market in Southeast Asia. China was Canada’s top wheat market in 2020 but Indonesia has […] Read more

Global Affairs Canada announced earlier this year that it was launching public consultations on a possible bilateral trade deal with Canada's largest export market in Southeast Asia. | Screencap via Facebook/CanadaTrade

Wheat growers eye Indonesian trade talks

The wheat sector is excited about the prospect of Canada entering into trade agreement negotiations with Indonesia. Global Affairs Canada announced earlier this year that it was launching public consultations on a possible bilateral trade deal with Canada’s largest export market in Southeast Asia. China was Canada’s top wheat market in 2020 but Indonesia has […] Read more


The appointment of a new director-general to head the organization could be signalling a revival of the world’s rules-based trading system. | File photo

World Trade Organization head appointment prompts optimism

The world’s agricultural exporters are relieved at what might be the beginning of the recovery of the World Trade Organization. The appointment of a new director-general to head the organization could be signalling a revival of the world’s rules-based trading system. “Now we finally have some good news,” said Claire Citeau, executive-director of the Canadian […] Read more

Chinese imports got off to a slow start in 2020 but picked up steam in the second half of the year with a wave of soybean and corn purchases.  |  Reuters photo

All eyes on China’s upcoming Phase 1 purchases

China could meet its 2021 Phase 1 agreement target for agricultural imports from the United States, and that would do wonders for crop prices, says an analyst. “If China does what it says, it will be quite bullish,” said Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company. China has committed to import US$43.4 billion of U.S. agricultural […] Read more


A public-facing organization like Dairy Farmers of Canada, receiving such substantial amounts of taxpayer dollars, should be holding its annual meetings in public, says Glacier FarmMedia Ottawa correspondent D.C. Fraser

Private meetings not OK when accepting public money

Canada’s dairy industry continues to receive financial and moral support from taxpayers and consumers, but producers should recognize the role transparency plays in ensuring that relationship remains healthy. The organization that represents Canadian dairy farmers, set to receive nearly two billion dollars in trade-compensatory payments from Canadian taxpayers, recently held its 2021 annual general policy […] Read more

African swine fever, bilateral trade tensions and COVID-19 have reinforced China's push to diversify its supply chains, according to the USDA. | Reuters photo

Competition grows for China’s food imports

China is diversifying its agricultural trading partners and that will force traditional suppliers to employ new tactics, says the United States Department of Agriculture. “In contrast to the past, when the United States was among just a handful of suppliers, the United States now faces growing international competition in China,” stated the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural […] Read more

Not long after Obama was first elected in 2008, mandatory COOL was brought in by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By 2015 it was struck down by the WTO, with Mexico and Canada successfully arguing the policy put cattle and pig producers in those countries at a disadvantage. | File photo

U.S. ag secretary ‘happy’ to work on WTO-compliant COOL

Tom Vilsack, U.S. president Joe Biden’s pick for agriculture secretary, says he will be happy to again advance country-of-origin labelling policies. During his Feb. 2 confirmation hearing of the Senate agricultural committee, Vilsack, who held the post during the entire Barack Obama administration, confirmed he is open to reintroducing COOL laws if they comply with […] Read more


Imported wheat is popular because it is much cheaper than China's domestic wheat and offers millers a broader range of quality and classes than they can get at home. |  Reuters/Ben Nelms photo

Wheat sales to China seen long-term

China’s massive 2020 wheat import program was not a flash in the pan, according to a senior American wheat industry executive. China is estimated to have bought 8.5 million tonnes of wheat last year, the highest volume in 25 years. It has rapidly become the world’s third largest importer behind Egypt and Indonesia. The surge […] Read more

Indonesia’s developing economy has advanced significantly in the last decade, but is believed to still have growth potential led by a growing middle class. | Reuters/Willy Kurniawan photo

Canada explores free trade agreement with Indonesia

A broader pact has also been discussed with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations trade bloc

Canada is exploring the merits of a trade agreement with Indonesia. International Trade Minister Mary Ng announced Jan. 11 that Canada was beginning public consultations. “Canada is committed to diversifying trade across the Asia-Pacific region to create new trade and investment opportunities for all Canadians,” Ng said in a statement. “Deepening trade ties with Indonesia […] Read more