Ottawa expands insurance for canola exporters amid China dispute

Ottawa/Winnipeg | Reuters — Ottawa increased the insurance coverage available for canola exporters, a government corporation said on Thursday, as it seeks to reduce trade risks amid a dispute with China. China halted purchases of Canadian canola in March, citing pests in shipments by Richardson International and Viterra. That move, which came as Beijing has […] Read more


Ottawa columnist bids goodbye to full time agriculture reporting

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

They say all good things must come to an end. Sadly, this column is one of them. After more than six years with iPolitics and five years contributing to Glacier FarmMedia publications like Western Producer and now Farmtario, I have moved to a new gig with Thomson Reuters in Ottawa as an economics reporter as […] Read more


Canada moves to ratify USMCA ahead of Pence visit

Ottawa | Reuters — The Canadian government formally presented draft legislation to ratify the new North American Trade deal to parliament on Wednesday, less than 24 hours ahead of a visit by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented the bill to the House of Commons, confirming a Reuters story from Tuesday that […] Read more



African swine fever has yet to reach the Americas and officials are working to keep it that way.

Opinion: Swine fever brings trade adversaries together

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

At a time of frosty diplomatic relations and continued trade disputes, the world’s top animal health experts, industry and governments are banding together to fight a deadly hog virus. More than 150 officials from about 15 countries descended on Ottawa recently for a global forum on African swine fever. Their goal: to share information, learn […] Read more

The USMCA trade deal is poised to replace NAFTA, but ratification has stalled thanks in large part to existing U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Opinion: Hurdles remain for North American trade agreement

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

The chance of the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) being ratified before the next Canadian federal election has likely slumped after a new American commission report found the deal would have a moderate impact on the American economy. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its highly anticipated analysis of the pending trade agreement in mid […] Read more


A storyteller cannot connect with his audience if they do not understand the language he or she is using.

Opinion: Farmers caught in the middle

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

From a young age, children are taught that words matter. They are repeatedly told that they should “use their words” and that the best stories are ones told in a language their audience (meaning their parents, teachers, siblings, classmates) can understand. These same communication rules apply to the agriculture industry. For years, the sector has […] Read more

With spring seeding fast-approaching couched with uncertain commodity markets, there’s growing fear that the dispute with China is poised to hugely impact Canadian farmers’ bottom lines.

Opinion: Agriculture now part of grand global political game

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

The news came in a single news release, quietly sent out the afternoon of March 21. Despite ongoing conversations, the Canola Council of Canada had been informed Chinese importers were no longer interested in purchasing Canadian canola seed. Technical conversations, the release said, had not shown an “immediate resolution was possible.” At this time, Canola […] Read more