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CAFTA Supports Canada-EU Trade Talks

The Canadian Agricultural Trade Alliance has come out in favour of ongoing talks towards a comprehensive trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. Stan Eby, president of CAFTA, said Canada is too reliant on the U. S. for exporting agricultural products, which is why it is critical for the European market to open. Canada

CWB Survey Says Farmers Want Control

“The message from farmers is crystal clear: they want to be firmly in charge of their marketing organization and call the shots on its future.” – ALLEN OBERG The majority of western Canadian farmers believe they should be the ones deciding the future of the Canadian Wheat Board, according to the board’s annual producer survey.


CWB Lowers Price Outlooks

The Canadian Wheat Board has lowered its price projections for most classes of wheat and durum sold during the 2009-10 (Aug./July) crop year. The Pool Return Outlooks, released January 28, were left unchanged for barley. Wheat values were steady to down $5 per tonne from December, with most classes of wheat seeing declines. The CWB

Manitoba Harvest Wraps Up

Manitoba farmers are nearly finished this year’s harvest, with only a few corn and sunflower fields left, according to the last crop report from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives for the season. Warm and sunny weather allowed the majority of acres to be harvested across the province, said the Nov. 23 report. Soybean yields

Canada/EU WTO Dispute Over

The formal end of Canada’s WTO trade dispute with the European Union over genetically modified organisms (GMOs), announced July 15, will benefit the country’s canola sector, according to an official with the Canola Council of Canada. “The Canadian government has worked really hard on this and we really appreciate all their efforts,” said JoAnne Buth,


Weather scares boost new-crop lentils

Tight supplies and weather concerns in Saskatchewan are helping to boost new-crop red and green lentil prices in Western Canada. Prices in the country for new-crop red lentils are sitting around 35 cents a pound, with prices for large green lentils just a couple of cents below that, said Gerald Donkersgoed of Finora Inc. in

Large Canadian oat stocks seen tightening

After two years of large oats production in Western Canada, a smaller 2009-10 crop and a less-than-ideal start to the growing year could see burdensome stocks finally begin to decline. Statistics Canada’s seeded acreage report released Tuesday said 3.879 million acres of oats had been planted in Western Canada as of June 3. That’s down

Man. soy acres short of early estimates

Soybean acreage in Manitoba has fallen short of early expectations as cool temperatures, wet weather and flooding caused farmers to think twice about planting the crop. Through the winter and early spring there had been talk that Manitoba farmers would seed up to 400,000 acres of soybeans this year, weather permitting. There were indications of