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China trade can be boosted

Agri-food exports could thrive but Canada needs to push to reduce tariffs and other trade barriers

China is a growing market for Canadian agri-food exports and could become even more important if it reduces tariffs and other trade barriers, says the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. The call came as four federal cabinet ministers were in China to discuss improved relations. While a free trade deal with China seems far away, proposals

Members of Illinois Soybean Growers Association and a trade group of grain buyers from Sri Lanka inspect soybeans of Pioneer-DuPont Seed facility in Addieville, Illinois, September 19, 2018.

U.S. farmers scramble to contain trade war damage, find new markets

Replacing a customer the size of China, however, is proving to be a very tall order

Clouds crowded the Illinois sky as Nick Harre walked away from his combine at the peak of harvest to join four fellow farmers in greeting some unlikely visitors. Inside a nearby seed barn, they made their pitch to eight Sri Lankan government officials: Please buy our soybeans. The wooing of such a tiny market underscores

Workers transport imported soybeans at a port in Nantong, Jiangsu province, 
China April 9, 2018.

As China soy demand wavers, U.S. farmers turn back to grains

It looks like soy will only be king of the U.S. Grain Belt for a single season

Reuters – Since the mid-2000s, North Dakota farmer Paul Thomas has planted more of his land with soybeans as China’s demand for the oilseed grew. The shift culminated this year when Thomas planted 1,600 of his 5,000 acres with soybeans — the most ever. But Thomas and many farmers like him plan to return to

World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, July 26, 2018.

U.S. President Trump forces WTO revamp

Threats and demands from the U.S. president have sparked an ‘existential crisis’ for the organization

The World Trade Organization is scrambling to develop a plan for the biggest reform in its 23-year history. This comes after U.S. President Donald Trump brought the world’s top trade court to the brink of collapse by blocking appointments of its judges and threatening to pull the United States out of the organization. Trump’s administration

Pastors and congregation members harvesting wheat for communion bread at Plainsong Farm & Ministry in Michigan.

Eat, pray, farm

U.S. churches turn faith lands into food

Thomson Reuters Foundation – As Baltimore was convulsed by protests in 2015 over the death of a young black man in police custody, a handful of people in the eastern U.S. city started worrying about a related issue: food. Thousands of demonstrators thronged the coastal city’s streets to protest the death of Freddie Gray, 25, forcing


Sheep in Australia drought.

The many facets of drought

Drought has effects that ripple through the supply chain

Manufacturers may start reducing wool content in clothing By Jonathan Barrett Yennora, Australia | Reuters Auctioneer Ian Sharp has been selling Australian agricultural products to the highest bidder since 1968, and he’s never seen demand like this before. Earlier this year, the benchmark price for fine Australian merino wool gained a foothold above the once

Research scientist Philip Lyons stands in front of a tank holding rainbow carp at Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre, in Leende, Netherlands.

New technology allows more sustainable aquaculture

Alternative protein sources such as insect meal could replace fish meal fed to fish

Many are familiar with farmed salmon, catfish or tilapia. But there are many more potential species, says a research scientist at an aquaculture facility here. “When you compare fish farming to terrestrial farming we have thousands of different fish species that we could potentially farm… and when you compare that to terrestrial farming we have

Dutch dairy farmer, Cees Beekmans stands with his cows in his milking barn on his farm near Dongen, Netherlands. Beeksman had to cull 20 cows from his herd when the phosphate rights program came into effect.

Losing one quota means gaining another

Dutch dairy farmers are now free to produce all the milk they want — if they buy quota to produce more phosphate

CNS Canada/Dongen and Oirschot, Netherlands – Dutch dairy farmers were excited when the European Union removed milk quotas in 2015. For years the Netherlands had been hitting its quota, so dairy farms could finally grow. But when that growth happened too fast, there were new problems. Dutch dairy farmer Cees Beekmans says government officials claimed


Sheep shearers are a hot commodity in Australia right now as producers try to capitalize on higher wool prices after a generations-long slump.

Falling off the sheep’s back: Why Australia can’t capitalize on record wool prices

A long-awaited surge in wool prices has met a shortage in key personnel and a low sheep count

Sheep farmers in rural Australia waited more than half a century for wool prices to come roaring back, only to find there aren’t enough shearers to trim their golden fleeces. “Once upon a time you could go down to the local pub and arrange for some fellas to come in and start almost immediately —

A truck lines up to be loaded with soybeans in a farm in the city of Primavera do Leste in the central Brazilian state of 
Mato Grosso.

Corn as cash: Brazil’s bartering farmers raise risks for Canada’s Nutrien

Lack of credit makes for an interesting and unfamiliar business environment in this Latin American powerhouse

Taking a page from its aggressive growth strategy in the United States, cash-rich Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien plans to plow investment into Brazil in a bid to reap up to 30 per cent of farm supply sales in fertile pockets of the country. But business in Brazil’s farm sector — the world’s fastest growing —