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Vice-Premier Liu He and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands after signing Phase 1 of the U.S.-China trade agreement during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 15, 2020.

What does China do next?

No one knows if the promise of the Phase 1 deal will become reality

There are hopes in the markets that China will soon begin its US$40 billion in purchases of United States agricultural products, as outlined in the Phase 1 trade agreement. The positive feelings have been on the rise because Feb. 15 marks the day that Phase 1 officially comes into effect. However, there have been indications

Weak currency supports Brazilian selling

The weak real is seeing real returns for Brazilian growers rising as markets fall

Reuters – Brazil might not be harvesting soybeans at a record pace, but farmers there are certainly selling their crops at a much quicker clip than usual due to the weak currency and uncertainty over how the U.S.-China trade deal will affect their business. Brazil typically ships more than half of its annual soybean exports


People shop for politics-themed shirts and other items at the store Raygun on the day of the Iowa Caucus in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 3, 2020.

Iowa’s anger over ethanol gives Democrats opening

Farmers were strong Trump supporters but now they say they’re being ignored

Reuters – In a speech last month to farmers in Texas, President Donald Trump won applause as he talked up recent U.S. trade agreements. When he tried to boast of his administration’s ethanol policy, however, he was met with silence. Iowa swung sharply to Trump’s Republicans in the 2016 presidential election, but Democrats hope anger

Letters: Crown land sales already raising ire

In response to Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen’s letter in the Jan. 16 issue of the Co-operator: Minister Pedersen, I am new to this part of the world, but not to ranching. And I’m a fast learner. I understand that many producers were unhappy with the old points system used, in this province,

Producers need to pay close attention to four essentials: understanding their situation, understanding their finances, knowing their cost of production and how their commodity is priced.

Risky business? For farmers it’s just another day at the office

Peril can come in all forms, from the predictable to ‘black swan’ events

Farmers, by the nature of their business, must embrace risk. But at the same time, they need to manage it. That was a central theme at the 2020 Keystone Agricultural Producers AGM during a recent Tuesday morning panel discussion on risk management, featuring two farm management experts. Eric Olson, a farm management consultant with MNP’s


The United Grain Growers 45,000-bushel elevator at Minnedosa in 1969.

Comment: Looking back at when co-ops ruled the elevator business

A new book reveals new information on the last days of the Prairie grain co-ops

If you’re younger, you may find it hard to believe that farmers used to own most of the Prairie grain and grain-processing industry and that they received part of the profits every year. If you’re older, you may know that, but wonder how that changed so quickly. And did it have to change? That’s the

Letters: Buying local no disaster

I believe buying Canadian food is a great idea. Hence I was troubled by Sylvain Charlebois’ article in the January 30 Co-operator, which noted Feds’ Buy Canadian food campaign could be a disaster. The federal government is pursuing CETA the Canadian European Trade Agreement which could result in French cheese being more available than Manitoba

We need to have some type of avenue for young farmers, who are not at 85 per cent equity because this land will not pay for itself.” – Bill Campbell, KAP president

KAP passes resolutions on farmland access

Delegates raised concerns of private investors buying land and squeezing farmers out of the market

Access to land, particularly for young farmers, was front and centre on the second day of Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) annual general meeting. Two resolutions related to increasing land access passed in the final day of the meeting. The first called on KAP to lobby for tax breaks for landowners who rent or sell to


Brazilian meat packers have said higher corn prices in that country will be passed on to chicken consumers.

Brazil antitrust regulator opens probe

Move comes after executives of meat packers JBS and BRF said corn prices would be passed on


Reuters – Brazilian antitrust regulator Cade on Jan. 30 opened an investigation into meat packers JBS SA and BRF SA, according to a decision signed by the agency’s superintendent. The decision said the probe was launched based on an article in Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico that described executives of the two companies saying at an

It is vital that producers and industry stakeholders work to inspire the next generation to embark on agricultural careers.

Comment: Growing agriculture’s next generation

More needs to be done to demonstrate agriculture is a great career choice

The agriculture industry is a vital driver of the Canadian economy, contributing over $122 billion each year to the national GDP. With the world’s population expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, the industry has a significant opportunity to grow in economic importance as it expands to feed a growing global community. However, the agricultural