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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


The Manitoba clubroot advantage

So far the transmission pattern for the disease suggests farmers in this province still have time to act

It looks like clubroot is moving just a bit differently in Manitoba and that could be good news for producers trying to slow or stop its spread. Bruce Gossen, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), told the Manitoba agronomist conference earlier this winter there’s a clear pattern in the other Prairie provinces […] Read more



Clubroot: Coming soon to a canola field near you

Manitoba Agriculture tour offers insights and strategies on clubroot management

Clubroot isn’t yet a significant challenge for Manitoba canola growers. But the emphasis these days is on ‘yet.’ The first cases in the province were discovered in 2013, and more cases are popping up every year. Last August Manitoba Agriculture announced a further eight. That demonstrates how the disease has persistently and stubbornly survived and […] Read more


Dry spell pares Brazil soybean estimates as crop ratings slide

This could cause concern for China that is doubly dependent on the country as trade relations with the U.S. have been frosty

Brazil has harvested two enormous soybean crops in a row and will likely make it a third straight in 2019, but the volume might not be as big as market participants were initially expecting and this could be of particular concern for the top customer. Brazil has helped pad supplies in No. 1 buyer, China, […] Read more