GFM Network News


Canadians should resurrect the so-called “Third option” first proposed in 1972.

Opinion: Canada needs to rethink U.S. relationship

Recent events should force Canadians to rethink our country’s relationship with the U.S. Canada will always be a mouse in bed with the elephant, but we need to realize the elephant is sick. American leadership is deeply corrupted, with President Donald Trump making clear he values economic and personal gain over human life. He has

Editor’s Take: Send in the clowns

The finding of ‘double criminality’ by B.C. Supreme Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes in the Huawei case last week dashed any hopes of a quick and orderly wrap-up to Canada’s ongoing diplomatic war with China. Justice Holmes ruled that the crimes Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is charged with in the U.S. are also crimes in


An Australian farmer unloads barley at a farm near Gunnedah, 275 miles northwest of Sydney.

Australian barley farmers, Canadian canola growers share Chinese nemesis

China is Australia’s biggest malting barley market, but Chinese tariffs will all but stop Australian barley imports. Sound familiar?

Australian barley farmers and Canadian canola producers are on opposite sides of the world, but share a common blight: China, once their best customer is now a hostile adversary, accused of letting geopolitical goals sideline international trade rules. May 19 China, which accounts for two-thirds of Australia’s malting barley exports, imposed an 80.5 per cent

Weather disruptions can lead to production losses across major agriculture-producing regions.

Farm Credit Canada highlights three disruptors in 2020

The federal ag lender says climate change, protectionism and automation are the issues to watch this year

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) believes there are three major factors that will disrupt Canadian agriculture in 2020, according to a prepared statement from the federal agency. Those disruptors are climate change, protectionism and automation, which FCC chief agricultural economist J.P. Gervais said could promote or inhibit growth in the industry. “We call them disruptors for

The Year in Doggerel: 20-20 Foresight

As you may know, in each year’s first edition We follow a time-honoured farm writer’s tradition Of reviewing the past year in doggerel (that’s badly rhymed text) And giving you fearless predictions on what to expect for the next Since she’s in charge, I hesitate to criticize Mother Nature’s decisions But I wish she could


Even as North America’s new trade deal clears a major hurdle, the WTO faces an existential crisis.

Farmers caught in WTO crossfire

The U.S. is letting the global trade bloc wither on the vine, while it fights economic wars

As the World Trade Organization faces a crisis that renders it impotent and potentially on the verge of dissolving, Manitoba farmers are facing more trade uncertainty than ever. “We’re really in unchartered territory here,” University of Manitoba agricultural economist Ryan Cardwell said in an interview Dec. 12, while attending a trade meeting in Washington, D.C.

As the White House openly panders to its rural voters, China, wall or no wall, continues to play the long game.

Comment: U.S. trade policy hits the Great Wall

China plays the long game; United States keeps getting played

Several years ago, when Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman was asked to choose which rising Asian nation, China or India, he’d bet the farm on, Friedman didn’t hesitate to pick India. The reason, he explained, was that while both nations were on an expressway to the future, India, the world’s largest democracy, had an open

U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping won’t be signing any deals at the cancelled APEC Summit in Chile.

More curveballs for U.S./China trade pact

Chile will no longer be the venue for signing the partial trade agreement 


With a tremendous amount of anger and frustration pouring onto the streets of Santiago, Chile, the country’s president cancelled the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit. The gathering of government leaders from around the Pacific Rim was to take place in the Chilean capital on Nov. 16 and 17. However, floods of demonstrators protesting against harsh economic conditions


Canada exported just 112,000 tonnes of canola to China in May based on sales made before the current dispute, down 79 per cent compared to May 2018.

Escalation of canola dispute with China won’t work

Market analyst Mike Jubinville doesn’t see a resolution any time soon

Retaliating against China over its import restrictions on Canadian canola will only make the dispute harder to resolve, according to MarketsFarm analyst Mike Jubinville. Some commentators and farmers are demanding Canada retaliate, for example, by subjecting Chinese imports to intense inspections. “Taking an aggressive position with China is absolutely pointless,” he said in an interview