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

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 that includes […] Read more


Canola restrictions on hold

News of a breakthrough in a seven-year long canola dispute with China has analysts rethinking export numbers, prices and basis levels for the commodity. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced during Trudeau’s visit to China that a permanent solution to the blackleg disease issue is days or weeks away. November […] Read more


CCA formulating back-up plan if TPP trade deal fails

If the Trans Pacific Partnership flounders, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association wants the federal government to pursue a separate free trade agreement with Japan. None of the 12 member countries have ratified the deal, however if the United States says no, the entire agreement could die, the CCA foreign trade committee was told during the Canada […] Read more



Too many cooks in the kitchen?

A grain company worries commodity 
groups on promotional trips make 
promises that can’t be kept

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart travelled to India this winter for an export development mission to promote the province’s pulse, canola, flax and oat crops. Representatives of SaskPulse and SaskCanola joined Stewart on the week-long trip, during which they met with importers, government officials and business leaders. These sorts of trade missions are extremely common […] Read more


Time is ticking to move forward with TPP

Canada cannot miss the boat on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As the gateway to the high-growth Pacific Rim, British Columbia is the conduit for 65 percent of Canada’s exports of a variety of products, agriculture and agri-food being among the most important and going to over 150 markets, mostly through the Port of Vancouver. Canada’s agriculture […] Read more



CETA will challenge Canadian traders

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union is on track for implementation in 2017, a decade since leaders first began discussions. So now what? On March 31, The Western Producer finished a three-part series on CETA, assembled by a team of reporters from Glacier FarmMedia publications. The series explores the […] Read more


Turkish pasta imports contentious issue

The Canadian Pasta Manufacturers Associations says subsidized production is hurting local millers and wheat growers

Canadian pasta manufacturers want importers to stop bringing subsidized Turkish pasta into the country because it is hurting them along with millers and farmers. “Canada is becoming the North American dumping ground for cheap Turkish pasta,” said Don Jarvis, executive director of the Canadian Pasta Manufacturers Association (CPMA). “We are extremely concerned about the impacts […] Read more


U.S. mixed on dairy trade access under TPP

Cornell University economist says the deal signals that Canadians should prepare for life after supply management

DRESDEN, Ont. — The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is receiving mixed reviews in the United States. The National Milk Producers Federation, which represents more than 30 dairy producer co-operatives, sees opportunity in the deal. The organization feels there may be opportunities to export more U.S. milk and milk products to Canada and Japan. “New […] Read more



Pulse exports set blistering pace

Pulse crop exports are exceeding last year’s record pace, which has buyers already locking up next year’s crop. Bulk shipments of peas were 1.14 million tonnes through Oct. 23, week 12 of the 2015-16 crop year, which is 16 percent ahead of last year. Bulk lentil shipments were 292,300 tonnes, almost double last year’s pace […] Read more


TPP coverage, take our poll!

We’ll post all our TPP coverage to this page, which will be updated continuously. #tpp Tweets UPDATED: 1350 CST – October 15, 2015 (TPP background story links can be found further below on this page) TPP results may save Lantic sugar plant from closure – A deal reached during the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks […] Read more