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Mexico eyes Brazil farm products as hedge on Trump threat

Brasilia | Reuters — Amid trade tensions with the U.S., Mexico plans to send a delegation next month to visit Brazilian corn, beef, chicken and soy producers as an alternative to U.S. suppliers, its representative in Brazil said on Friday. Mexican charge d’affaires Eleazar Velasco said Brazil is uniquely positioned to expand agricultural commodity sales […] Read more



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U.S. ag sector seeks opportunities in face of challenges

CNS Canada — With shrinking farm income and a rising debt-to-asset ratio, the U.S. agriculture industry’s leaders are eyeing opportunities that could help it return to a point of profitability. U.S. net farm income is forecast to decline in 2017, with projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showing an 8.7 per cent drop, bringing […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Profit-taking pressures cattle futures, boosts hogs

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mostly lower on Friday while lean hog futures gained sharply as investors took profits in each livestock contract, traders and analysts said. Cattle fell after Thursday’s nearly four-week high and hogs rebounded from a roughly two-month low. “It’s just an end-of-the-week rally,” Rosenthal Collins […] Read more

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Coop federee cracks $6 billion mark in revenues

Revenues for expansion-minded Quebec agrifood and retail co-operative La Coop federee crossed the $6 billion mark in fiscal 2016, leading to a substantial jump in patronage dividends to producers. The co-operative at its annual meeting reported earnings, before patronage dividends and income taxes, of $275.44 million on $6.335 billion in revenues for fiscal 2016, up […] Read more


Between the Rows: Consolidations, composites, canola

Have farm commodity groups in Canada got enough common ground to consider not only collaborating, but merging? On the latest episode of Glacier FarmMedia’s new weekly podcast, Between The Rows, host and Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour speaks with Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson coming out of the recent CropConnect conference, on the potential for producer […] Read more

EU trade deal moves forward but questions remain

CETA is bucking an international trend that sees countries pulling back from trade deals

With ratification by the European Parliament and the House of Commons, the Canada-Europe free trade deal known as CETA has taken a giant step forward. But questions remain about its full implementation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the ratification is an important milestone. “Canada and the EU will now complete their respective legislative and regulatory […] Read more



From cheese to maple syrup, what’s in EU-Canada trade deal?

The European Union and Canada will kick-start a multibillion-dollar trade pact called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in the coming months after it secured approval from EU lawmakers on Wednesday. Parts of the deal, particularly concerning investment, will only come into force after clearance by more than 30 national parliaments and the assemblies […] Read more


VIDEO: A message for Canadian agriculture

Meet misinformation with storytelling, says CBC Radio's Terry O'Reilly

Terry O’Reilly, veteran ad man and host of the popular CBC Radio show “Under the Influence” told an Ag Days audience in Brandon, Man., on Jan. 18 that telling an emotional story is a better way to influence opinion than repeating facts and figures. Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson met with O’Reilly after his presentation […] Read more




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