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Manitoba Corn Growers Association general manager Pam de Rocquigny says COVID-19 hasn’t slowed her organization from issuing cash advances.

Corn Growers says cash advances flowing fast

The canola growers’ association expects its backlog to be cleared up by month’s end

COVID-19 has delayed delivery of cash advances by the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), but that hasn’t been the case for the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. “It (COVID) hasn’t impacted our ability in terms of still providing that service standard (of dispersing advances) three to seven (business) days (after receiving a completed application),” association general

FarmCash currently offers no- and low-interest loans to Alberta farmers against 50 different products.

Alberta’s FarmCash considering expanding services to other provinces

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) got into the cash advance business last year creating FarmCash Advance for Alberta farmers only, but it’s considering expanding to other provinces, says FarmCash chief operating officer Syeda Khurram. That’s despite a number of other well-established grain and oilseed advance administrators, including the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Manitoba Corn Growers Association and


Younger farmers say cash advance delays are preventing them from accessing spring inputs.

Canola Growers’ cash advances delayed by COVID, new rules

Canadian Canola Growers Association has made some changes that are causing farmers some short-term pain for long-term gain

COVID-19 and new government cash advance rules are slowing Canada’s biggest cash advance administrator from getting badly needed money to farmers this spring. But the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) says it’s now in a better position to serve farmers no matter how long the pandemic lasts. In mid-March CCGA CEO Rick White moved 50 employees focused on the

Matt Kynoch, solutions supply specialist with Enns Brothers, demonstrates a worn spray nozzle at the June 22, 2017 canolaPalooza event in Portage la Prairie. The 2020 events have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Canola council wants federal research to go forward

However, because of the pandemic, 2020 canolaPaloozas have been cancelled

The Canola Council of Canada believes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) can still take on high-priority research projects this growing season, including canola yield trials and research into yield-robbing canola diseases, despite COVID-19. However, this year’s canolaPalooza events in the three Prairie provinces showcasing the latest canola agronomy have been cancelled because of the virus,

'As an industry, we are concerned that the immediate impact felt by beef, pork, and potato producers in Manitoba could have a lasting effect.' – KAP

Renewed calls for farm aid get louder

Canola Growers and KAP want Ottawa to up its contribution to AgriInvest

Farm groups continue to push for aid in the wake of China reducing imports of Canadian canola seed and COVID-19. During regulator meetings of the Canola Working Group, which includes federal government officials, the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) has been asking for business risk management program (BRM) reforms, and a government-mandated increase in biofuel,


A once-reliable trading partner is throwing its weight around again.

China decrees dockage reduction

The country has also indicated it will continue its lacklustre buying of canola

For a few hours last week Canadian farmers thought they were getting back China. In a world grappling with a global pandemic, the return of their biggest canola seed customer was a shot of good news. But the news report saying that was wrong, dashed their hopes. Instead what they got was another turn of

A new report documents proposals – such as non-tariff trade barriers – China could deploy to bolster domestic rapeseed production.

Is Canadian canola a victim of China’s desire to be more food self-sufficient?

A recently published paper says the disruption in canola trade with China has more to do with its push for food self-sufficiency than politics. The Canadian canola industry disagrees

Canada’s canola industry and the federal government were surprised when China abruptly stopped buying canola from two Canadian exporters in March. But a new report prepared for the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) suggests they shouldn’t have been. China has, for socio-economic and political reasons, had been planning to reduce imports of canola from Canada

“Demand is still very strong in that country for high quality canola, which we have lots of. I am very hopeful that once they are ready to start buying again we’ll be there to sell it to them.” – Rick White

Past China canola dispute resolved, this one will be too: Innes

Canada has resolved past disputes over canola exports to China and Canada’s canola industry expects the current one will be too

Canada can’t count on past rates of growth in canola exports to China once tensions between the two countries are resolved, according to a recently published paper. The paper, distributed by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), concludes China is on the road to more food self-sufficiency and food import diversity. However the canola industry


The trade dispute with China has made finding new markets for canola a priority.

Canadian canola hits great wall of China

China won’t discuss the situation with Canadian officials

Despite the ongoing efforts of Canada’s canola industry and the federal and provincial governments, China still is not importing Canadian canola seed, or even willing to discuss its de facto boycott that began in March. “It appears there is no immediate solution to this issue,” Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson told a webinar

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the first time acknowledged he believes China’s boycott of Canadian canola seed is linked to China’s trade dispute with the United States, including Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Trudeau acknowledges U.S.-China dispute linked to canola

The study into China’s concerns about dockage and blackleg is done but hasn’t been shared with China yet

The Canadian government has acknowledged for the first time publicly what most suspected: canola to China is the symptom, not the illness. China’s decision not to buy Canadian canola seed since March is linked to Canada’s arrest late last year of Meng Wanzhou, vice-president of Chinese technology firm Huawei, at the United States’ request. “We