Letters: Why parts of the world resist the American way of agriculture

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear editor, Declaring the modern American agriculture (as) science-based and suggesting anything else is less than that, is a shallow statement. (Farmtario, Jan. 25, 2021. page 10; “Agriculture visions collide in Africa”.) The “scientific” American agriculture has plenty of reason to do some soul searching when it comes to soil degradation, less than rigorous agro-chemical […] Read more

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Biden transition team holds talks with biofuel groups -sources

Reading Time: < 1 minute New York | Reuters – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has held calls with biofuel groups on topics including compliance with U.S. biofuel blending laws and Biden’s low-carbon climate vision, according to two sources familiar with the conversations. The discussions with biofuel trade groups as well as POET, a top company in the cellulosic […] Read more

Opinion: Biden’s victory a win for carbon pricing policy

Opinion: Biden’s victory a win for carbon pricing policy

Canada’s carbon pricing could help products get through a stiffer U.S. border

Reading Time: 3 minutes United States President-elect Joe Biden’s climate strategy will lay waste to the tired opposition some Canadians have to our country’s carbon pricing policy. Biden campaigned on aggressively combating climate change. When he becomes president in January, it is expected he will create investment in green technologies. Like Canada, the U.S. will soon be trying to […] 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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference on COVID-19 response on Nov. 6, 2020 in Ottawa. (File photo: Reuters/Patrick Doyle)

U.S. border restrictions to last a long time yet, Trudeau says

COVID would need to be 'significantly more under control'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa | Reuters — Canada will not agree to lifting a ban on non-essential travel with the United States until the coronavirus outbreak is significantly under control around the world, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. Trudeau’s comments were a clear indication that the border restrictions will last well into 2021. The two neighbours […] Read more


Snow and ice cover in North America as of Nov. 22, 2020. (NOAA.gov)

Most of Prairies already covered in snow

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Most of the Canadian Prairies were already blanked in snow by late November, with the deepest snowpack in Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to data compiled by Environment Canada and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Aside from the Rocky Mountains and some areas around the Great Lakes, the U.S. was largely […] Read more

There is a growing feeling that trade is not as important as it once was to America’s economic future.

Anti-trade sentiment grips the United States

U.S. is undermining the World Trade Organization amid domestic pressure to lower trade

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Blake Hurst senses shifting trade winds in the United States, and he doesn’t like the direction they are blowing. “Agriculture faces some real dangers from a change in our opinion and our approach to trade,” said the president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Why it matters: Changing global trade patterns render markets […] Read more

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Coronavirus kills 15,000 U.S. mink

Affected states aren't planning to cull

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chicago | Reuters — More than 15,000 mink in the United States have died of the coronavirus since August, and authorities are keeping about a dozen farms under quarantine while they investigate the cases, state agriculture officials said. Global health officials are eying the animals as a potential risk for people after Denmark last week […] Read more


U.S. senators ask EPA not to boost refinery biofuel obligations in 2021

U.S. senators ask EPA not to boost refinery biofuel obligations in 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters – A group of U.S. Republican senators asked the Environmental Protection Agency to consider a general waiver that would prevent an increase in biofuel blending obligations next year for oil refiners hit by a collapse in fuel demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. Senators including Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Ted Cruz […] Read more

Opinion: U.S. election winner unlikely to be friendly to Canadian farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – No matter who wins the upcoming election in the United States, Canadian farmers will likely continue to face tough competition from their heavily subsidized counterparts south of the border. In the 2016 U.S. election, it became clear early on that producers saw the eventual winner, President Donald Trump, as the favoured candidate. […] Read more