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China’s 2020 corn, wheat imports reach record highs

Beijing | Reuters — China’s grains imports soared to record highs in 2020, customs data showed on Monday, after tight domestic corn supplies pushed prices to multi-year peaks, driving demand for cheaper imports. China, the world’s top agricultural market, bought a record 11.3 million tonnes of imported corn last year, including 2.25 million tonnes in

Grain aflatoxins lead to U.S. pet food recalls, dog deaths

Pet food maker expands recall after more than 70 dogs die, 80 sickened

Reuters — Midwestern Pet Foods is expanding a recall to include several more products sold under its Sportmix brand and other labels after at least 70 dogs died and 80 others are known to have become ill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The food was found to have potentially unsafe levels of


Grain, seed corn growers get access to seasonal worker program

Maple syrup also added to national commodity list

Growers of grains, oilseeds and seed corn and maple syrup producers may be able to get in on the federal Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) for the 2021 season. Federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough announced Nov. 27 the national commodity list (NCL) would be expanded to include seed corn, oil seed, grains and maple syrup

Grain, oilseed exports well ahead of year-ago

Chinese demand up substantially for Canada's crops

MarketsFarm — Canadian grain exports continue to run at a very solid pace, with canola, wheat and barley movement-to-date all up substantially on the year. Total exports of Canada’s major grains and oilseeds as of Nov. 29 came in at 18.9 million tonnes, according to Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) data. That’s up by nearly five

Crop stocks forecasts mostly unchanged in AAFC supply/demand report

Corn carryout revised upward

MarketsFarm — Updated crop supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released Friday, included only minor changes from the previous month. Larger adjustments are expected after Statistics Canada releases its final production numbers for the year on Dec. 3. Canola and all-wheat ending stocks for the 2020-21 marketing year were both left unchanged at 2.25


IGC cuts record-large world grain production outlook slightly

MarketsFarm — World grain production for 2020-21 was revised slightly lower by the International Grains Council in its latest report Thursday, but the group is still anticipating record large supplies overall. Wheat and coarse grains are forecast to total 2.226 million tonnes, which would be down by one million tonnes from the September forecast but

U.S. grains: Crop prices slide as pandemic concerns rattle markets

Traders await U.S. export sales data Thursday

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain and soybean futures fell on Wednesday as part of a broad sell-off in markets fueled by concerns about the economic impact of a global surge in COVID-19 cases, traders said. Losses in agricultural futures pulled corn prices back from a 14-month high reached on Tuesday and soybean prices down

Grain, oilseed exports running ahead of average

MarketsFarm — Canadian grain and oilseed exports have left the country at a rapid pace during the first 10 weeks of the 2020-21 crop year, with canola, wheat,and barley movement-to-date all up substantially on the year. Total exports of Canada’s major grains and oilseeds as of Sunday came in at 9.57 million tonnes, according to


USDA data show tighter U.S. grain, oilseed stocks

MarketsFarm — Quarterly stocks data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed tighter-than-expected supplies of soybeans, corn, and wheat in the country. Soybean stocks, as of Sept. 1, 2020, were pegged at 523 million bushels, which was down by 42 per cent from the previous year and below average trade estimates. Corn stocks were below

Canada not benefiting from CETA, Bibeau says

Ex-premiers write to Ottawa with critique of EU's continued trade barriers

Canada is not benefiting from the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union (EU), federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau grants. Expected to spur $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the free trade deal has fallen short of those targets since its implementation in 2017. In a letter Monday to Prime Minister Justin