For the most part during the pandemic, farming itself went off without a hitch in most of Canada, the United States, and most of the world.

Opinion: Resiliency is a great idea, until you have to pay for it

There are improvements that can be made in agriculture systems, but they include costs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Other than “unprecedented,” the term “resiliency” has been the biggest buzzword of the pandemic — at least in agriculture. I doubt I’ve taken part in a webinar, Zoom call or online press conference since March without the term being used prominently and repeatedly. Resiliency is a hot concept right now, but what […] Read more

Most of Canada’s agri-food exports to China are bulk commodities like canola, wheat and pork. Those are easy to block and have few Chinese defenders, since they are easily swapped out for other exporters’ products.

Specialized trade policies advised for Canada

Report says Canada needs one approach for the U.S. and China and another for rules-based trading nations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada should adopt separate strategies to deal with trade issues involving the United States and China, and a third approach for more rules-based trading nations, says a new report by Agri-Food Economic Systems. Why it matters: The U.S. and China have focused on their relationship with each other and that means challenges […] Read more

“Our goal is to help make smallholder farmers not only sustainable but economically viable, and to make them members of a vibrant economy.” – Liam Condon. president of Bayer Crop Science.

Small farmers called key to fight against climate change

Bayer president says the world’s ‘smallholder’ producers can make a difference by sequestering carbon in their soil

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The smallest farmers might be the key to successfully using agriculture to fight climate change, Bayer Crop Science President Liam Condon said in a recent presentation. So many millions of “smallholder” farmers have so much improvement possible on their farming that the gains could be huge. Why it matters: Population growth is […] Read more

China, COVID ruined pork party

China, COVID ruined pork party

Canadian pork exports were surging from December 2018 to May 2019, but then trade disputes and packer slowdowns got in the way

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian hog producers were on the path to good times before Chinese complications and COVID-19 derailed producers, Statistics Canada analysis shows. However, the recovery of the North American packing industry since the pandemic shock and the return of China to buying Canadian pork have reversed some of the damage. Why it matters: […] Read more

Short stature corn could result in higher plant counts per acre and easier operation of in-crop machinery.

Seed company bets on short stature corn

Bayer says benefits of dwarf varieties include higher plant counts per acre

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Shorter and denser: that’s the path to better sustainability for corn crops, Bayer crop scientists believe. Why it matters: Short-stature corn could help farmers and agricultural companies achieve sustainability goals while maintaining yields. As they work with commercial growers in Mexico and plan to roll out a range of short-stature corn crops […] Read more

Soybean harvest is well underway in Ontario, with prices continuing to rise.

Take advantage of rising grain prices, farmers urged

Corn, soybeans stick at prices that haven’t been seen much in the past five years

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Market analysts think grain markets are at the beginning of a sustained rally that could see strong prices for two years. A bull and a maybe-bear both agree that now is a good time to make sales on main crops. After a strong recent rally, today’s prices are worth picking up for […] Read more

A Canadian trade deal with ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations trading bloc, could increase the domestic economy.

Canada urged to strike trade deal with ASEAN

‘Middle power’ countries encouraged to double down on free trade promotion and the international rules-based order

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – As the world talks about trying to build back better and the post-COVID world, Canada should get in front by making a free trade deal with Southeast Asia. Why it matters: Canada must seek trade agreements with like-minded nations to help offset protectionist sentiments in key markets such as the United States, […] Read more

Central banks such as the Bank of Canada have clearly indicated that they intend to keep rates lower for longer, but some say assuming long-term rates will stay low isn’t necessarily safe.

Low interest rates present producers with opportunities

Central banks have indicated that they expect to keep rates low for a while

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It’s a nice time to be carrying debt — if your business is flourishing. Not only are interest rates low, but lenders are looking for borrowers who can pay their bills. That puts farmers in the driver’s seat. Why it matters: Reworking debt when interest rates are low can reduce borrowing costs […] Read more

Seed growers will take some time to decide on the next step in the process of merging.

Lessons from a rejected seed deal

Seed growers found enough to avoid accepting a deal tying them to other seed groups, despite a five-year process

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada’s seed industry is taking a step back to ponder farmers’ stunning rejection of a cross-industry organization merger. “We’re disappointed,” said Lorne Hadley, executive director of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency and a key proponent of the five-organization merger idea. “This was a very, very long process.” Why it matters: Farmer concern […] Read more

Canadian farmers can still count on the global market, despite threats to access that they have faced recently in various parts of the world.

Comment: Battered markets are more resilient than they might seem

Trade and food demand still find a way despite political challenges

Reading Time: 3 minutes China knows how to stick it to Canadian farmers. The Europeans know how to keep out Canadian farm products, but they do it with more subtlety and grace. With the United States, who knows what Donald Trump or Joe Biden will do with North American free trade in the next four years? It’s hard to […] Read more