GFM Network News


U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

Trump questions request for Chinese delay on farm trip

United Nations | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday questioned a decision by his top trade negotiators to ask Chinese officials to delay a planned trip to U.S. farming regions after trade talks last week, saying he wanted China to buy more U.S. farm products. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at

At Ag Days in January Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced legislation to streamline KAP’s checkoff. The legislation went from second reading to Royal Assent in just four and a half days and will take effect Dec. 1.

Streamlined, improved KAP checkoff takes effect Dec. 1

Bill 35 went from second reading to Royal assent in just four and a half days

The Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) will have an improved membership checkoff in place Dec. 1, the start of its new fiscal year, thanks to legislation that was passed and given royal assent Nov. 9 and 10, respectively. Bill 35, the Agricultural Producers Organizations Funding Act, passed third reading unanimously in Manitoba legislature, following a marathon


MLA wants red tape removed from farm group

Blaine Pedersen says the rules deter rural businesses

A Manitoba Conservative MLA says it’s time to inject “some common sense” into the rules that govern direct-to-consumer sales by farmers. Blaine Pedersen, (PC-Midland) has gone to bat for a small group of farmers recently outed for using a web-based ordering system and delivering uninspected chicken and ungraded eggs to customers in Winnipeg and other

India potato story underscores need for reform

Reuters / Buried in recent monthly data for wholesale prices in India, the wild gyrations of a humble vegetable tell the tale of an economy trapped in inflation by its own rigidities. Back in December, after a bumper harvest of potatoes, furious farmers dumped tonnes of their crop on roads in protest over a crash

Canada pushing Japan to take older Canuck beef

Efforts to get Japan to reopen its borders to Canadian beef less than 30 months of age “are proceeding well,” says Pierre Lemieux. “They are assuring us that progress is being made, that work is underway and there is certainly a good spirit of willingness and co-operation,” said Lemieux, parliamentary secretary to the minister of


Food strategy missing from ag committee report

The Commons agriculture committee is backing calls for a national food strategy, but says there’s not time to develop one before the launch of the Growing Forward Two program next April. “It’s really a different issue from Growing Forward, which is a slate of programs to help farmers,” said Tory MP Larry Miller, the committee’s

China asks distillers dry grains’ buyers to report imports

beijing / reuters /China’s Commerce Ministry is expanding import reporting requirements to cover domestic buyers of the feed ingredient, distillers dried grains (DDGs), as Beijing aims to monitor its surging imports of major farm products. From June 1, importers of DDGs must report contracted import volumes, origins and arrival times twice a month, according to

Travel, trade and local markets

It was no surprise to learn last week that our federal minister of agriculture has racked up $271,000 in travel expenses since March 2011, the most of anyone in the federal cabinet. But unlike some of his colleagues, whose expense accounts have raised eyebrows among Canadians and howls of protest from opposition critics, we expect


China To Become World’s Top Farm Products Importer

BEIJING / REUTERS China will become the world s largest importer of agriculture products in five to 10 years as the country faces pressure from shrinking farmland and other constraints on production, a top government think-tank researcher was cited by local media as saying. Cheng Guoqiang, a researcher with the Development Research Center of the

Reformist Japan Farmers Urge Free Trade To Spur Change

Like other farmers on this fertile, coastal plain in northeast Japan, where patchwork rice fields stretch to the mountains beyond, Kazushi Saito knows first hand that the nation s shrinking agricultural sector is in dire straits. But unlike many, the 54-year-old rice farmer backs a controversial free trade deal that could remove a near 800