Canada consulting at home toward Indonesia trade deal

Possibility of broader Southeast Asian pact also looms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Continuing to seek out free trade deals in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada has launched public consultations on the merits of a potential bilateral pact with Indonesia. “Deepening trade ties with Indonesia would benefit Canadian businesses of all sizes and lead to economic growth and prosperity for years to come,” International Trade Minister Mary Ng said […] Read more

Longer-range forecast points to warmer-than-normal winter

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Warmer-than-normal temperatures are in the long-range forecast across all of Canada for the next three months, according to the latest outlook from Environment Canada. The latest seasonal forecast from the government agency, released Thursday, calls for a 40 to 70 per cent chance of above-normal temperatures from January through March for the western […] Read more

Former KAP president promoted at CGC

KAP GM to replace Chorney as CGC's assistant chief

Reading Time: 2 minutes The acting chief commissioner for Canada’s grain handling regulator has formally levelled up to the chief’s role, while the GM of Manitoba’s general farm group replaces him at the second seat. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Monday appointed Doug Chorney — an agricultural engineer and grain and oilseed grower at East Selkirk, Man. — […] 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


China’s vast population makes food security an issue for it and an opportunity for Canada.

Canada, China have reasons to re-engage on trade

Canada has in the past gone its own way on trade with Asia, says a Canada West Foundation report

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It might not seem like it, but Canada and China need each other. That could be an opening to re-engage with Canada’s second-largest agricultural export customer, says a new report from the Canada West Foundation. In many ways it’s an obvious match. Canada consistently produces a lot more food than it consumes […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans sink on South American rains, slowing demand

Wheat pressured by bumper crops in Australia, Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell for a third straight session on Tuesday on slowing export demand and as forecasts for more rain in South American crop areas tempered concerns about tightening supplies. Corn and wheat followed soybeans lower, pressured by improved South American crop prospects and a firmer U.S. dollar. Grain prices […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat posts weekly dip as supply worries ease

Corn, soy futures also lower

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell more than one per cent on Friday and recorded a weekly loss as expectations for bumper wheat harvests in Australia and Canada tempered fears of tightening global supplies. Corn and soybean futures declined on forecasts for beneficial rains in northern and central Brazil, although worries about dry […] Read more


U.S. in talks with Huawei exec on resolving criminal charges, source says

'This would be a great way to end this nightmare'

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reuters — U.S. prosecutors are discussing a deal with lawyers for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou to resolve criminal charges against her, a person familiar with the matter said, signaling a potential end to a case that has strained ties between the U.S., China and Canada. Negotiations between Meng’s attorneys and the U.S. Justice […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans up one per cent as soyoil climbs

Corn up; wheat declines on global supply outlooks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose about one per cent on Thursday, rallying on bargain buying after a two-week low set a day earlier and on uncertainty about South American crop prospects, traders said. Soybeans also drew support from strength in soybean oil futures, which advanced about two per cent on news of […] Read more