The American soybean industry has already developed a sustainability program.

Soybean growers may need certification for EU

Canadian sector urged to ponder such a program as European Union moves toward requiring proof of sustainable production

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian soybean growers may soon need sustainability certification if they want to sell into the European feed market. Europe is edging toward a sustainability requirement for imported soybeans. “The European Commission is pushing feed manufacturers in Europe, very forcefully to increase the amount of sustainably produced soybeans going into the feed market,” said Ron Davidson, […] Read more

A barley crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on July 30, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

China’s appetite for feed barley sucks in new crop from Canada, France

Tariff on Australian barley favours other suppliers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Paris | Reuters — China’s buying spree of French and Canadian barley is spilling into the 2021-22 crop with large forward purchases, due to its major feed grain needs and a prohibitive tariff on Australian barley, traders and analysts said. China has been sweeping up huge volumes of foreign crops to help feed a pig […] Read more

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U.K. to ask to join Trans-Pacific trading bloc ‘shortly’

Bilateral deals signed or in works with several CPTPP members

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — Britain will soon submit its application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade bloc, trade minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday. Since deciding to leave the European Union, a process it completed at the end of 2020, Britain has been seeking out new trading arrangements around […] Read more

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France backs non-GMO regulation for crop gene-editing in EU

Reading Time: < 1 minute Paris | Reuters — France sees crops developed using gene-editing techniques as different to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and opposes a European Union court decision to put them under strict GMO regulations, the country’s agriculture minister said. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2018 that mutagenesis, among so-called new breeding techniques (NBT) based […] Read more

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EU farmers could get cash to curb emissions from belching livestock

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels | Reuters — Farmers should get European Union funding to reduce methane emissions from livestock or increase organic farmland, the European Commission said on Thursday, under plans to make agriculture greener. The EU is nearing the end of a two-year battle to overhaul its massive farming subsidies scheme, to attempt to align the agriculture […] Read more

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Britain, Canada agree on post-Brexit rollover trade deal

Tailor-made comprehensive pact expected to follow

Reading Time: 2 minutes London/Toronto | Reuters — Britain and Canada struck a rollover trade deal on Saturday to protect the flow of almost $35 billion-worth of goods and services between them after Brexit, and vowed to start talks on a bespoke agreement next year. As Britain prepares to end its transition out of the European Union on Dec. […] Read more

A deal between the Canada and the U.K. will likely have to wait as U.K. negotiations continue.

Canada, U.K. trade deal progress in doubt

The U.K. will be out of the CETA agreement by the end of the year and status of talks is unknown

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – As prospects of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union collapse, there is growing doubt a post-Brexit pact involving Canada can be completed by the end of the year. Why it matters: Trade between Canada and the U.K. has been governed by EU trade rules, and if no […] Read more


European Union corn imports set to jump

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters – European Union imports of maize could rise to 20 million tonnes this season after drought is expected to leave the bloc with a smaller than average crop at a time of ample international supply, the EU’s executive said recently. For the EU’s 27 member countries, the European Commission’s official forecast is for 2020/21 […] Read more

During a Sept. 25 virtual appearance at Politico’s Agriculture and Food Summit, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s agriculture minister, said she would like Canada to benefit from CETA “which is not the case yet.”

Industry, government play role in fixing CETA: Bibeau

Ag minister reminds European buyers about high quality Canadian food

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau says industry and government have a shared responsibility to fix a trade deal that hasn’t brought strong results for Canadian producers. Expected to generate $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union has fallen short […] Read more

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Britain to protect pork pies, whisky with new scheme after EU exit

Reading Time: < 1 minute London | Reuters — New rules to guarantee the authenticity and origin of traditional British foods, such as Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies, after the end of the UK’s Brexit transition period, were set out by the government on Thursday. Britain left the European Union at the end of January and an 11-month […] Read more