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Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal agriculture minister, attended CropConnect 2020 last week in Winnipeg.

Bibeau announces funding, but offers little on standing issues

The federal agriculture minister spoke briefly last week in Winnipeg

The federal agriculture minister told CropConnect attendees about two new programs last week, but had little new to say on long-standing producer concerns. Marie-Claude Bibeau was at the annual event to meet with Manitoba farmers and while there announced a total of $1.2 million in funding for the grain industry. Most of the money is

People shop for politics-themed shirts and other items at the store Raygun on the day of the Iowa Caucus in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 3, 2020.

Iowa’s anger over ethanol gives Democrats opening

Farmers were strong Trump supporters but now they say they’re being ignored

Reuters – In a speech last month to farmers in Texas, President Donald Trump won applause as he talked up recent U.S. trade agreements. When he tried to boast of his administration’s ethanol policy, however, he was met with silence. Iowa swung sharply to Trump’s Republicans in the 2016 presidential election, but Democrats hope anger


Consumers stock up at a Singapore supermarket on Feb. 7, 2020 after the state raised its coronavirus outbreak alert to orange.

Risk-off trade sentiment outweighing market fundamentals

Crops still out on the fields cast clouds over StatsCan’s latest data

The novel coronavirus epidemic accounted for many of the headlines moving the grain and oilseed markets during the first week of February, with traders uncertain over what the outbreak will do to the global economy and demand for food. China is a major driver of international markets, and an economic slowdown there will cause ripple effects elsewhere. Equity,

“The WTO and the rules-based system help our Canadian businesses, because they have the rules that they can depend on which helps them make the decisions... ” – Mary Ng, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister.

Canada promotes trade order

Ng quiet on U.S.-China trade deal, as fight for WTO reform continues

Canada’s Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng had little to say of the newly signed U.S.-China trade deal, claiming her office was still carefully reviewing it. Details of the first phase of the deal show China is committed to buying an additional US$40 billion to US$50 billion in agricultural products from

On January 31, Britain officially left the European Union.

Will it be business as usual after Brexit?

Britain’s EU departure might not mean much for Canadian farmers

Post-Brexit, the United Kingdom continues to suggest it will seek a stronger commercial relationship with Canada than it currently has under the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Andy Barr, head of trade and economics at the British High Commission in Canada, is optimistic a better trade relationship between the two nations


Editor’s Take: Lobby power

I’m sure at some point or another most farmers have felt their voice is never heard in public policy debates. There’s a germ of truth to it, mainly because of the demographic realities. When less than two per cent of the population is a member of any particular group, they’re always going to struggle to

Premier Brian Pallister speaks to producers at Manitoba Ag Days, January 21.

Province to up biofuels mandate within the year

The boost would increase biofuels consumption by about 47 million litres

Premier Brian Pallister will up the province’s ethanol and biofuel mandates within the year, he announced in an address to producers at Manitoba Ag Days on Jan. 21. “We’re going to have not only the cleanest electricity here in Manitoba, but the cleanest fuels as well,” Pallister said. If put into place, the increase would

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


A Chinese ship is loaded with soybeans at the Brazilian Port of Santos.

Crush margins, currency, charts show support for canola futures

South American soybean production could bring pressure

Canola values were well supported during the first full trading week of 2020 and have the potential to rally $10-$15 higher. Technical charts have projected canola values reaching $490-$495 per tonne. Some growers have throttled back on selling their product to wait and see if this price range will be realized. Barring sharp sell-offs in

Manitoba gathering data to press case for exempting grain drying from federal carbon tax

The Manitoba government is gathering data to make the case for exempting grain drying fuels from the federal government’s carbon tax. “So we’ll get the numbers together and then to (federal agriculture) Minister (Marie-Claude) Bibeau and we’ll continue to lobby on behalf of our ag producers,” Manitoba’s Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pederson said