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Technical trade trip to China planned on canola cuts

Canada is working with China to arrange a technical, trade-diplomacy trip to deal with what latter claims is a quality issue with Canadian canola. Last weekend, Canada offered China a “high-level” team that could deal with technical considerations that might exist related to the quality of Canadian canola exports. The move comes after China suspended […] Read more

The House of Commons agriculture committee will hear from witnesses on the China-Canada canola issue no later than April 5. | File photo

Ag committee to meet on canola next week

The House of Commons agriculture committee will hear from witnesses on the China-Canada canola issue no later than April 5. At an emergency meeting today, the Liberal majority blocked an attempt by opposition members to have the agriculture and international trade ministers appear, saying they were already going to be before the international trade committee […] Read more

Gerry Ritz has spoken to an official with one of Canada's major canola crushers who told him they can't unload a tanker full of oil. | File photo

Is China now targeting canola oil?

The Canola Council of Canada says canola oil and meal sales are still being executed in China, but a former federal agriculture minister says otherwise. Gerry Ritz has spoken to an official with one of Canada’s major crushers who told him they can’t unload a tanker full of oil. “A boatload of oil arrived at […] Read more


Feds on canola dispute: ‘Every ounce of effort’

Many in Canada’s agriculture sector believe politics is the only way to resolve China’s import ban on canola seed. Few know more about that than Gerry Ritz, who was Canada’s agriculture minister from 2007 through 2015. He dealt with a couple of China market access issues during his tenure as minister, including the canola blackleg […] Read more

Canadian beef producers have an advantage over the United States because of their country’s membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.  |  Jeannette Greaves photo

Growing demand, trade deals a boon for beef

The world will need 16 million more tonnes of beef, or 35 billion pounds, by 2030, and Canada is expected to benefit


RED DEER — Canada is on an upward trend for agriculture exports and imports due to trade agreements signed in recent years. In 2017, 63.5 percent of Canadian exports went to countries where a free trade agreement is in place or where one is being negotiated, said Marie Noelle Desrochers, director of trade negotiations with […] Read more



For the first 11 months of 2018, Canada exported $4.7 million in pork and $15.5 million worth of beef to the European Union. In the same period, Europe shipped $157 million worth of pork and $18.8 million in beef to Canada.
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When trade loses its balance

Canada has a $155-million trade deficit with Europe in pork and beef. For the first 11 months of 2018, Canada exported $4.7 million in pork and $15.5 million worth of beef to the European Union. In the same period, Europe shipped $157 million worth of pork and $18.8 million in beef to Canada. Those numbers […] Read more

A six percent increase in Canadian flax acres is expected this year over the 980,000 acres planted last year.  |  File photo

Tension with China also worries flax

China buys a lot of Canadian flax, and an analyst says farmers can’t afford to lose market share to political issues

Canada’s concerns about sales to China go beyond canola, says market analyst Marlene Boersch. More than half of Canadian flax exports so far this year have gone to China, and Boersch said farmers can’t afford to lose market share to political issues. China can source most crops, including flax, from other suppliers. “It is possible […] Read more


Countries such as Canada are put in a bind when many of the nations with which they signed trade agreements don’t appear eager to play fair.  |  File photo

Canada needs to find like-minded nations on trade field

Canada is avoiding being a naive boy scout, resisting the temptation to play bully, and trying to find a way to be a canny survivor. For Canadian farmers, exporting has suddenly become vexatious. Figuring out how to move forward without being a sucker or a fool is one of the keys to future Canadian farm […] Read more

Premier Scott Moe told the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Association convention last week that he questions if the federal government shares his concern over the “rising tide of protectionism.”  |  Robin Booker photo

Sask. premier challenges Ottawa on trade front

Scott Moe says the feds need to engage with China and resolve a dispute that has already affected canola exports

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe sent a strongly worded message to the federal government last week suggesting the Liberal government should focus more on resolving a looming market-access issue that could have a devastating impact on the Canadian canola industry. In a March 13 address to members of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), Moe […] Read more