Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump after signing a joint statement on trade during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Sept. 25.  |  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst photo

Canada takes U.S.-Japan trade deal in stride

The recently signed agreement mirrors the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Canadian agriculture officials do not feel threatened by a new tariff agreement signed between the United States and Japan. The new pact mirrors the agricultural tariff reduction commitments contained in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), of which Canada is a member, implemented on Dec. 30, 2018. Canadian and Australian wheat farmers […] Read more

Doug Zink checks the quality of soil in his soybean field near Carrington, North Dakota, in August.  |  REUTERS/Dan Koeck photo

Trump’s trade-war aid sows farmer frustration

ROCHESTER, Minn., (Reuters) — The U.S. government is paying Texas cotton farmer J. Walt Hagood US$145 an acre for losses related to President Donald Trump’s trade policies. But Minnesota soybean farmer Betsy Jensen will get just $35 an acre. Both farmers’ sales have taken heavy blows in Trump’s trade war with China. Neither understands why […] Read more

At Trump's direction, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has rolled out $28 billion in trade aid for farmers over the past two years - $12 billion last year and another $16 billion announced this July and being disbursed now. |  REUTERS/Carlos Barria photo

Trump trade-war aid sows frustration in farm country

ROCHESTER, Minn., (Reuters) – The U.S. government is paying Texas cotton farmer J. Walt Hagood $145 an acre for losses related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. But Minnesota soybean farmer Betsy Jensen will get just $35 an acre. Both farmers’ sales have taken heavy blows in Trump’s trade war with China. Neither understands […] Read more


The U.S.-China trade war is getting the most attention these days, but Stefane Marion of the National Bank of Canada says the free trade environment of the last 20 years is under threat around the world.  |  Reuters/Ng Han Guan photo

Trade disputes called threat to global economy

MONTREAL — Hearing all the grim talk about slowing global growth and seeing alarming signs from the bond market, it’s understandable that many believe the world is fated to fall into recession soon, acknowledges the chief economist of National Bank of Canada. But unless some wild cards get played, the actual chances of a nearby recession […] Read more



Alberta trade minister Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta trade mission planned for Japan, South Korea

Alberta’s trade minister will soon be off to Japan and South Korea to promote the province’s agriculture and forestry industry, aiming to expand market access and diversification. Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. She is travelling on behalf of Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen. The province said in a news release […] Read more

The United States International Trade Commission says the main impact of the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be on dairy, poultry and sugar products.  |  File photo

U.S. trade analysis expects little impact from new deal

The U.S. International Trade Commission expects U.S. dairy exports to Canada to rise by $227 million a year while imports of Canadian dairy products will increase by $162 million

An analysis by the United States International Trade Commission suggests the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement will have little impact on agricultural trade. The 379-page report concludes that once fully implemented the provisions of the proposed trade pact will increase U.S. agriculture exports by 1.1 percent while imports will rise 1.3 percent. The main impact will be […] Read more



A report says significant flooding that followed a drought in Australia is an example of a food shock. Countries such as Canada, the United States and Australia can see a drought in one area and a bumper crop in another, which smooths out the shocks, but not all countries are as fortunate.  | REUTERS/Jason Reed photo

Food shocks threaten to disrupt global trade

An international study finds that crops and livestock are slightly more shock-prone than fisheries and aquaculture

Food shocks are happening more frequently around the world because of extreme weather and geopolitical crises. These shocks, which are described as the sudden loss of food production, pose challenges for the United Nations’ sustainable development goals because they can disrupt food supplies and harm food security and human well-being. An international study led by […] Read more

China purchased 4.77 million tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018, which was 47 percent of total exports that year.
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China’s canola pinch

A surprising amount of the void left by China’s exit from the Canadian canola market could be filled by other importers, according to a Canola Council of Canada official. Brian Innes, vice-president of public affairs with the council, said certain target markets could pick up “millions” of tonnes of additional demand in the wake of […] Read more