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CBOT November soybeans

U.S. grains: Soy firm on export sales, trade optimism

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures firmed on Thursday as strong weekly export sales data and hopes for progress toward a U.S.-China trade deal more than offset pressure from a crop-boosting Midwest weather forecast. Corn also rose as the market weighed favourable harvest weather against signs of improved demand for the grain, while wheat […] Read more



Roquette appoints new vice president

Jean-Philippe Azoulay will help the company consolidate as a pioneer of plant protein, CEO says

Plant-protein giant Roquette has appointed a new vice president, the company announced September 19. Jean-Philippe Azoulay will serve as vice president of the group’s pea and new proteins business line, which the company says is key to Roquette’s global growth strategy. “I am passionate about the future of food production and about the role companies […] Read more


Calls for WTO action against Italian restrictions on Canadian durum

The federal government is going to the WTO over canola and Cereals Canada wants Ottawa to do the same for durum

Cereals Canada is among the many farm and agricultural industry groups welcoming the federal government’s decision to take China to the World Trade Organization over its ban on Canadian canola seed. But Cereals Canada wants Ottawa to do the same with Italy because its mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (mCOOL) policy restricts Italian imports of […] Read more



Canola win for Canada at WTO could be a ‘pyrrhic victory’

But that doesn’t mean Canada shouldn’t challenge China at the World Trade Organization, a move being welcomed by farmers and industry alike

It may be a case where winning feels more like losing. Canada is taking China to the WTO over the ongoing dispute over canola seed. But even if Canada prevails, there’s no guarantee China will resume shipments, and the victory could prove Pyhrric, as any tarrifs that Canada might then legally impose could end up […] Read more


How much has losing China cost Canadian canola growers?

The canola council estimates $1 billion on annual basis, but a recent report says the price drop is within the recent trading range

Losing access to China’s canola seed market will cost Canadian farmers $1 billion annually, according to a Canola Council of Canada estimate. But University of Manitoba agricultural economists Derek Brewin and Ryan Cardwell aren’t so sure. The council’s estimate is based on canola futures prices having dropped 10 per cent from February, before China stopped […] Read more




Province pledges funds for water access for drought-stricken areas

Efforts to provide relief stymied by back-to-back elections

Help is on the way for drought-stricken Interlake and Parkland ranchers, but it’s unclear how much — or how helpful — it will be. “[It] really does nothing for the guys up here,” said Art Jonasson, reeve of the RM of West Interlake. On September 12, the province announced it would provide funding under Ag Action Manitoba […] Read more




beyond breakfast sandwiches

Tim Hortons retreats from Beyond

Tim Hortons is dialing back its Beyond Meat marketing in Canada and will keep the plant-based meat substitute on its sandwich menus in Ontario and British Columbia alone. The coffee-and-donut chain, an arm of Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International and Canada’s biggest fast-food chain by number of outlets, first test-marketed breakfast sandwiches with the U.S. company’s […] Read more