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Comment: U.S. corn, soy sales at 14-year low

The dawn of the new U.S. marketing year comes with burdensome supplies and absent buyers

As the 2019-20 U.S. corn- and soybean-marketing years begin, the amount of product sold for export through mid-month is dismal, dampening the chances of trimming domestic supplies over the next year. Through Aug. 15, some 9.94 million tonnes of corn and soybeans have been sold to foreign buyers for shipment in 2019-20, down 55 per […] Read more


Opinion: The enemy of my enemy remains an enemy

Trade wars are proving more complex than the tweeter-in-chief expected

Most farmers are old enough to remember when the U.S. president noted that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” That was, after all, several tariff hikes, dozens of trade meetings, and more than 15,000 presidential tweets ago. It may seem like a lifetime but it was just 19 months ago, on March 2, […] Read more



Opinion: Resetting U.S. corn expectations after USDA’s acreage shocker

It would appear corn acreage actually is far higher than anyone expected

Reuters | Chicago – For the second time in less than two months, overly aggressive market expectations for the U.S. corn crop tanked Chicago corn futures August 12, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture published its latest round of reports. Analysts did not think it was possible for U.S. farmers to have planted as many […] Read more


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Opinion: Agriculture policy revisions needed for new era

Canadian farmers cannot afford a business-as-usual approach any longer

Carbon taxes, pesticide regulations and food policy are three topics CFFO asked to be brought to the table at the federal-provincial agriculture ministers’ meeting. With “business as usual,” Canada is risking fair treatment of our farming sector and worsening trade distortions and business sustainability. Firstly, carbon taxes could raise the cost of Canadian food production, […] Read more



Comment: China clearly has Canada’s number on food safety

They’re using every tool they can to undermine Canada’s quality food brand, and we're losing the battle

Canada is losing the game of food safety optics against China. While Canada has demonstrated many times that its food safety record is outstanding, in fact, one of the best in the world, none of it matters now. Since Meng Wanzhou, the vice-president of Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018, China has been […] Read more


Comment: Hey vegans, time to grow up

Divisive and self-righteous tactics could easily backfire at a crucial moment

Vegan groups are using billboards these days in the Atlantic region to denounce dairy farming practices, and telling consumers that dairy is scary. Some of these ads show a picture of a young calf, saying that someone “took its mom, its milk, then its life.” All this is to encourage people to switch to a […] Read more



Comment: Looks like 2019 is one of THOSE years

While the Canadian Prairies are dry, the U.S. is struggling with very wet conditions

For many of us, certain years are permanently imprinted in the brain: 1983, 1993, 1995. While rainfall is generally welcomed, there are those years when one wishes that it would just hold off long enough to get the crop in the ground. Surely 2019 is destined to join that company. Worse than that, it looks […] Read more


Comment: Welcome to paradise, er, paradox

There’s an interesting paradox occurring in today’s commodity and financial markets. Maybe you’ve noticed it; market watchers certainly have. Here’s what they’ve seen: Every time President Donald J. Trump takes to Twitter to threaten a nation with import tariffs — most recently, Mexico — the U.S. stock market shoots higher. Paradoxically, however, every time U.S. […] Read more



Comment: Break out the guacamole

The U.S.-Mexico dispute could translate into both opportunities and perils for Canada

In an unprecedented move recently, and in a single tweet, President Trump opted to impose five per cent tariffs on all Mexican imports until the illegal immigration issue gets resolved. As the world has now realized, when the White House is willing to intertwine both foreign and trade policies, markets around the world tumbled. In […] Read more


Comment: ‘A lick and a promise’ aren’t enough

It’s one of the worst seeding seasons in memory for Midwestern U.S. farmers and their government isn’t helping

Most American farmers spent the last week of May and the first week of June either driving through mud or stuck in it. Their two farming partners, Mother Nature and Uncle Sam, were little help; one brought threats of more rain and mud, the other threats of more tariffs and bailouts. Farmers in my neighbourhood, […] Read more