There are patterns in the market that repeat themselves more often than not, but that balance was thrown off last year, largely by actions taken by U.S. President Donald Trump.  |  REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan photo

Human wild card trumps markets’ normal ebb flow

A year ago, in an attempt to outsource the first column of 2018, written to meet a pre-Christmas deadline, I turned to computer algorithms for insight. The results were poetic, but largely indecipherable. The point then was that as much as technology can provide benefits, it still takes human knowledge to make sense of the […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump has kept the trade rhetoric rolling, but with so many pots on the fire, might Canadian trade be forgotten?  |  REUTERS/Carlos Barria photo

Dull and diligent likely to prevail over Trump trade tactics

America’s mercurial, combative, antagonistic and games-playing president fancies himself a brilliant negotiator. But I’m betting he’s going to get fleeced by Canada’s dull and diligent trade team, and so successfully that he never even realizes he’s been had. I was just in Washington, D.C., and President Donald Trump’s trade talk is still the talk-of-the-town, which […] Read more

China's commerce and agriculture ministries told a delegation of U.S. soy growers last September that soybeans were being considered as a target for retaliatory action in the event of U.S. trade action against Beijing. | Screencap via Twitter/@realDonaldTrump

As trade tensions mount, China soybean buyers devise contingency plans

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese buyers of soybeans, the United States’ biggest agricultural export to the country, are quietly drawing up contingency plans to ensure supplies of critical raw materials in the event of a trade war, sources said. The moves are the strongest sign yet that businesses in the world’s most populous country are growing […] Read more


Canadian dairy farmers say they won’t be cowed by criticism from other countries — or other Canadians — about their supply managed system.
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Dairy producers respond to Trump’s attack on industry

Canadian dairy farmers say they won’t be cowed by criticism from other countries — or other Canadians — about their supply managed system. However, they are getting weary of being under attack. “It would be nice to not be the centre of attention,” said Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens. The system set up […] Read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA in a call on Wednesday, saying such a move would be counter-productive, a Canadian source familiar with the matter said today. | File photo

Trudeau urges Trump not to pull out of NAFTA

OTTAWA (Reuters) —Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA in a call on Wednesday, saying such a move would be counter-productive, a Canadian source familiar with the matter said today. Trudeau made the comments after Trump told him he was thinking about pulling out of the North American […] Read more


Canada US trade relations souring as American politicians threaten the stability that NAFTA brought to North American cross border industries. Dairy is a hot button issue, along with softwood lumber.  |  Michael Raine photo

White House readies order to quit NAFTA

UPDATE: President Donald Trump’s tweets later in the day appear to have altered the focus of the administration’s attitude toward NAFTA. Trump says NAFTA deal with Canada, Mexico, is ‘very possible’ WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with neighboring Canada and […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump has served notice he wants the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiated. He sees Mexico as the primary target from which to gain what he describes as a better deal.
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Trump could hurt ag sector: NCBA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Agriculture could suffer harmful repercussions if long-standing free trade agreements are dismantled, said a trade expert with the U.S.-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. U.S. President Donald Trump has served notice he wants the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiated. He sees Mexico as the primary target from which to gain what he […] Read more

Thanks to the integrated North American market, the U.S. is the top destination for Canadian pork, beef and canola. Canada exported $3.1 billion in canola oil and meal to the U.S. last year. Canola exports to Mexico were $824 million last year. | File photo

Don’t fear NAFTA renegotiation talk: trade expert

Despite Donald Trump’s stand, Canadian official says level heads will prevail and no one will ‘blow the whole NAFTA up’

Leaders of Canadian companies and industry associations are holding their breath because U.S. president-elect Donald Trump may demolish the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump has said over the last 18 months in nearly every speech that NAFTA has been a horrific agreement for U.S. businesses and American workers. He has vowed to rip up […] Read more