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Why so much Canadian canola has gone to China

The economic superpower is the biggest buyer of many agricultural products

China has been buying about 40 per cent of the canola seed Canada exports, so losing that market, even temporarily, is a blow. That’s a lot of eggs in one basket. But it shouldn’t be a surprise, says Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s (CCC) vice-president of public affairs and president of the Canadian […] Read more


VIDEO: Finding solutions to harvest loss

Feed rate, combine settings often factors for higher losses

Angela Brackenreed with the Canola Council of Canada talks about harvest loss in canola, measuring harvest loss, and what producers can do to minimize the economic impact. Recorded at Manitoba Ag Days 2019 in Brandon. Video editing by Greg Berg.



Not time to retaliate on canola — yet

Some in the industry say it’s time to go political, but others say it’s too soon

Canada should retaliate against China’s boycott of Canadian canola seed, say several canola industry officials. That’s an option, but also a last resort, says the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “I would say no issue is off the table in terms of various approaches that we can take as a country to deal with the […] Read more


Comment: Why canola matters to all Canadians now

It’s the most Canadian of crops, a potent national symbol and now a target in a vicious diplomatic spat

The SNC-Lavalin case refuses to go away and has been garnering global media attention for weeks. The case has made our political elite look like diplomatic juveniles. The Wanzhou case in Vancouver has made things much worse. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou in December, Huawei’s VP and daughter of the company’s CEO, exposed Canada to […] Read more



KAP wants government action on canola spat

While Chinese and Canadian officials are talking, so far China hasn’t agreed to a face-to-face meeting

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is frustrated the federal government hasn’t done more to restore Canadian canola exports to China a month after the current trade dispute began. At press time Monday the Chinese had not replied to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s request to send a Canadian delegation to China led by the Canadian Food Inspection […] Read more


New chair and board members elected for canola council

Bradley named new chair at the organization’s annual meeting in Montreal

Charlene Bradley has been elected the new chair of the board of directors for the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). Bradley is vice-chair of SaskCanola. She succeeds David Dzisiak who finished his two-year term as chair and is stepping down from the board as a director. Several new members were also appointed to the CCC board of directors: […] Read more



Blooming canola field at sunset

Canola council moving on without Richardson

Outgoing chair optimistic about the future of canola and the CCC

When Richardson International, Canada’s largest grain company, ceased being among the Canola Council of Canada’s (CCC) core funders last year, it raised questions about the group’s future. But after a lot of hard work in 2018 reviewing its operations and setting new priorities, the CCC is in good shape, outgoing chair David Dzisiak told reporters […] Read more


Trade, market access canola council priorities

2018 saw some progress through some new trade agreements

Trade and market access are top priorities for the Canola Council of Canada (CCC), president Jim Everson told the CCC’s annual meeting here March 7. It’s not surprising given 90 per cent of Canada’s canola is exported. Last year was pivotal because new major trade agreements were taking shape or coming into force, he said. […] Read more



barbed wire fence and canola field

Canada rallies to restore Richardson canola exports to China

The Chinese say the ban is due to pests, but Canadians blame Huawei spat

China says it banned imported Canadian canola from Richardson International because of pests, but Canadians suspect it’s politics. China condemns Canada’s decision last fall to detain one of its citizens, Huawei vice-president Meng Wanzhou, at the request of U.S. government on alleged fraud charges and demands she be released. “Well, that’s obviously one of the issues […] Read more


Provincial ministers discussing China’s ban on imports of Richardson’s canola

The Manitoba government issued a statement supporting the province’s canola industry in the wake of China’s ban of the crop shipped through Richardson International whose headquarters are in Winnipeg. “Canola is a key driver of the agriculture industry in this province and in this country, and is Manitoba’s second-largest export product to China,” Growth, Enterprise […] Read more