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New report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute calls for ‘quality growth’ strategy as Canada eyes roughly doubling export share by 2027

A new report released by a Canadian think-tank urges the agricultural sector to set its sights on ‘quality growth’ as it aims to increase agri-exports over the next decade. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute’s report, Barton Forward: Optimizing Growth in the Canadian agri-food sector comes as the sector now eyes boosting agri-food exports to $75

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 18. (Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis)

Trump’s tariff war threatens to erode support of farmers

Chicago | Reuters — President Donald Trump’s tariff battle with key buyers of U.S. apples, soybeans and corn threatens the support of some of his biggest backers — U.S. farmers now seeing their livelihoods in jeopardy. Farmers overwhelmingly supported Trump in the 2016 election, welcoming how he championed rural economies and vowed to repeal estate




The Mississippi River. (Mark D. Tomer photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Soaring river freight hits U.S. farmers

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. farmers are running out of options for their just-harvested corn and soybeans as delays on the Mississippi River, the main conduit for crops to export markets, cause shipping backlogs, while grain storage on the river’s banks is filling up. Low river levels and backups at aging locks have slowed navigation

The Big River Resources ethanol plant at West Burlington, Iowa, about 120 km southwest of Davenport. (Steven Vaughn photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

U.S. ethanol expected to be competitive in 2017

San Diego | CNS Canada –– Weaker commodity prices and less international competition are expected to lend demand and profitability to the U.S. ethanol market in 2017, one analyst says. But changing political and policy environments — in the U.S. and abroad — add an element of uncertainty to the market, and the potential to


Lutz Goedde

Canada could do better in agri-food

Trust and transparency will be key to Canada’s export competitiveness in the future

Canada shouldn’t be content with its status as the world’s fifth-largest food exporter because it could be setting the global export pace, a conference on the future of the Canadian agri-food industry has been told. “Canada is a laggard in the world food trade,” Lutz Goedde, of Denver-based McKinsey & Co. and a former CEO

A hog finishing barn in China. Pork production in the country fell five per cent in the first six months in 2015.

Chinese slowdown could affect grain demand

After several years of stratospheric growth, China's economy has hit a rough patch

It’s an issue observers have talked about for years. But in recent weeks it seems to have reached a tipping point — at least according to general consensus from a cacophony of commentators. China is slowing down. Its stock market has fallen sharply since mid-June and the government is panicking, leaping into action with a