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Wheat, canola exports ahead of year-ago pace

MarketsFarm — Canadian grain and oilseed exports are running well ahead of the year-ago level eight weeks into the 2020-21 marketing year, according to the latest data from the Canadian Grain Commission. Total bulk exports of the major grains and oilseeds, as of Sunday, of 7.17 million tonnes compare with the six million exported during


By allowing U.S.-grown grain of all types into our grain-handling and export system, we can also expect impacts on our grain transportation system.

Comment: Will Canada’s grain farmers be collateral damage?

The rush to pass Bill C-4 saw a number of under-the-radar changes shoehorned into the legislation

Canada is confronting an unprecedented crisis as we deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic. On March 12 Prime Minister Trudeau and at least two other MPs had to self-isolate after being exposed to the virus. The following day, Parliament decided not to carry on business as usual, and moved to recess until April 20. At

Although China curbed its Canadian canola imports, canola values were able to draw strength from exports to other markets.

2019-20 crop year could have been worse for canola

A recent Prairie crop tour points to a strong canola harvest

It can be said that things weren’t all that bad for canola during the 2019-20 marketing year. Given the grim outlook there was for canola over the fall and winter, it’s been a decent marketing year overall for the crop. Prices dropped because of China, but strong exports elsewhere, plus a larger domestic crush, combined

'Governance on the new merged “Seeds Canada” organization will be stacked against the seed grower,' says Lyndon Stall.

Comment: Seed growers — wake up!

Producer voice must be heard in this month’s Seed Synergy vote

Large multinationals are counting on seed and commercial growers skimming headlines and staying on the sidelines. The Seed Synergy groups that want to merge their organizations into a new “Seeds Canada‚” The Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC), Canadian Seed Institute (CSI), Canadian Plant


Canola exports top 10 million tonnes in 2019-20

MarketsFarm — Total Canadian canola exports during the 2019-20 crop year were up nine per cent on the year, and slightly above the five-year average, according to the latest weekly data from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). With 229,800 tonnes exported during the final week of the 2019-20 marketing year, the preliminary total canola exports

Canadian Grain Commission valuable, but room for improvement

Patti Miller says the CGC adds value, but can always improve and that’s why a review is warranted

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) adds value to Canada’s grain industry, but it can always do better, says its recently retired chief commissioner Patti Miller. “I wouldn’t have taken the job if I didn’t think there was value in the organization,” Miller said in an interview June 23. Miller, whose career in agriculture spans 35 years, including the

Patti Miller calls it a career after 35 years in Canadian agriculture

She credits hard work and collaboration for helping her along the way

When Patti Miller began her career in agriculture 35 years ago she never aspired to be the president and CEO of the Canola Council of Canada or the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) chief commissioner. “I’m still surprised I am here,” Miller said two days before retiring as chief commissioner June 25, 3-1/2 years after taking


Help wanted: CGC seeks new leadership

Two top slots are open at the federal agency

If you want to be a Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) commissioner, or chief commissioner, now’s your chance. The Canadian government is advertising both positions on the CGC’s website and Twitter. Applicants must apply online for the positions, which are cabinet appointments. The deadline is Tuesday (June 30). The jobs involve lots of travel in and

New declaration requirements coming up for grain deliveries

Regulatory changes also allow Canadian grades for U.S.-grown grain

Changes are afoot as early as next week for growers from all across Canada — and from the United States — who deliver grain to licensed Canadian buyers, as revised trade rules take effect between the two countries. With the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the successor trade deal to NAFTA, taking effect, new regulations addressing