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to international markets.

New trade order called bad news for Canada

A new report says Canada and its farmers aren’t equipped to deal with a move away from the ‘liberal world order’

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers face a starkly worsened long-term world market for their crops and livestock, fears a Canadian agricultural economics analysis firm. And that means many basic assumptions of how farm markets and prices behave might have to be radically reconsidered. “Some of the assumptions of the liberal world order — price arbitrage and […] Read more

Opinion: Current trade environment not just an either/or scenario

Canada needs to push for a rules-based, free-trade world, but also to push back against countries resorting to coercion

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – At some point we might have to accept that this new trade reality is actually real. Then we’ll have to react to that reality by changing the way we farm, act and interact with the rest of the world. That’s something quite a few Canadians are grappling with in light of the […] Read more

China to resume imports of Canadian beef and pork

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters – China will resume imports of Canadian beef and pork, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, some four months after Beijing blocked shipments amid an escalating diplomatic feud between the two countries. “Good news for Canadian farmers today: Canadian pork and beef exports to China will resume,” Trudeau tweeted. The Chinese embassy in […] Read more

Beijing’s refusal to order U.S. farm buys becomes pain point

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington/Beijing/Reuters – U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major sticking point in talks to end the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to several people briefed on the negotiations. Trump has said publicly that China could buy as much as $50 billion of U.S. farm […] Read more

Canada, China meet over canola stalemate

Reading Time: 4 minutes [UPDATED: Oct. 31, 2019] Glacier FarmMedia – Canada and China finally had a face-to-face meeting *Oct. 28 in Geneva on China’s de facto import ban of Canadian canola seed. The private consultation under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) went well, according to Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s *vice-president of public […] Read more


Oil vs Corn: U.S. lawmakers set hearing on fractious biofuels policy

Reading Time: 2 minutes The U.S. oil and corn industries will continue a long-running public battle over America’s biofuels policy on Tuesday during a Congressional hearing about the Trump administration’s use of “secret waivers” for refineries. The hearing set by the Energy and Commerce Committee will air out the grievances of two key political constituencies heading into next year’s […] Read more

Carbon costs affecting grain drying for Prairie farmers

Opponents say the rebates won't fully cover the additional costs farmers must pay

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta struggling to get their crops harvested will also be paying higher costs for drying thanks to the federal carbon levy. While the federal carbon price offers relief for gasoline and light fuel oil costs used in tractors and trucks, there is no exemption for grain drying […] Read more

Key federal minister in Canada/China dispute fighting cancer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Just days after two senior cabinet ministers from the Prairies were defeated in Monday’s federal election, the Liberal government is now facing the possibility of a third stepping away from cabinet. International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr from Manitoba announced on Friday that he has been diagnosed with a type of blood cancer known as […] Read more


Editorial: Canada’s election forgoes agricultural issues

Reading Time: 3 minutes There hasn’t been much to get excited about in the current federal election, especially if you’re interested in agriculture policy. Political parties have concentrated on their opponents more than on selling themselves. Agriculture has received little time in the greater discussion. In fact, as I write this, we still don’t even know the Conservative platform, […] Read more

Glacier FarmMedia opens bureau in Ottawa

Reading Time: 3 minutes These days I am becoming more thankful to those who do thankless work. About a month ago, I settled in Ottawa. I claim “the west” as home to those here who ask. Most of my growing up was in Calgary and the bulk of my journalism career up until now has been in Saskatchewan. Now […] Read more