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Ellen speaks to dieticians, chefs and food writers at an event in Toronto.

Canola advocate honoured by Dietitians of Canada

Faces of Ag: Trained as a teacher, Ellen Pruden has become a bridge between dietitians, chefs, food writers and the agricultural community

Canola Eat Well director Ellen Pruden is being recognized for her work bridging the gap between dietitians and agriculture. “Ellen has used her personal ties to Canadian agriculture to create unique and innovative opportunities for dietitians to learn about the complex world of farming and food production and has given us confidence to share that

The canola value chain isn’t ready to give up
yet on getting back into China.

Canola council not giving up on China market

More than a year after losing its biggest canola seed market the council is still working to restore normal exports

The Canola Council of Canada remains committed to regaining full access to the Chinese market for Canada’s canola seed. “Our priority is certainly to restore full trade and have all Canadian exporters included in that trade and we will keep working on this file until full trade is restored,” Jim Everson said during a webinar


A once-reliable trading partner is throwing its weight around again.

China decrees dockage reduction

The country has also indicated it will continue its lacklustre buying of canola

For a few hours last week Canadian farmers thought they were getting back China. In a world grappling with a global pandemic, the return of their biggest canola seed customer was a shot of good news. But the news report saying that was wrong, dashed their hopes. Instead what they got was another turn of

Richardson International's oilseed processing facility at Yorkton, Sask.

UPDATE: Richardson to pay quarantined employees

COVID-19: An earlier memo indicated staff under self-isolation would be required to take unpaid leave or holiday time.

Richardson International has clarified it intends to pay employees forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 concerns, provided they did not travel after federal restrictions were announced March 16. “Currently that is our intention,” said Jean-Marc Ruest, senior vice-president for corporate affairs and general counsel at Richardson International, a large agribusiness company based in Winnipeg. The

Exports of Canadian canola to China have seen setbacks as early as last February.

WTO ineffective, Canada not defending science, says Richardson VP

A senior official of one of the companies at the forefront of Canada’s ongoing trade dispute with China over canola says the World Trade Organization (WTO) cannot be relied upon, and that science-based decision-making is threatened on a domestic and international level. “We simply can’t rely on the existing WTO process as being the most


Richardson to replace northernmost grain elevator

Grain handler Richardson Pioneer plans to replace the northernmost grain elevator in its Prairie network by next fall. The arm of Winnipeg’s Richardson International said Monday it has started construction on a new elevator at High Level in northwestern Alberta, about 200 km south of the province’s border with the Northwest Territories. The new facility,

Shoal Lake Grade 12 student Austin Tataryn received his laptop from Richardson Pioneer representative Rick Kienas at a June 12 presentation at Shoal Lake School.

Gently used laptops find a new home

Former Richardson employee works with the company to donate surplus machines to high school graduates

Thirty high school students from Shoal Lake and Strathclair each recently received a refurbished laptop thanks to a joint initiative by Shoal Lake School alumna Jennifer Stefansson and Richardson International Limited. The new program is for high school graduates who have contributed to their community but do not have a laptop and intend to pursue

Since March Canadian canola exports have increased to some other countries, but not enough to offset what’s expected to be an extra million tonnes of potentially price-depressing canola carry-over at the end of the crop year July 31.

New Canadian canola seed sales made to China

Details are few but the canola council says normal canola trade with China has not been restored

Canada has made a “small amount” of new canola seed sales to China, but exports to Canada’s biggest canola customer aren’t back to normal. Not even close. “We are aware of a small amount of (canola seed) sales that have occurred (to China),” Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s vice-president of communications said in


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the first time acknowledged he believes China’s boycott of Canadian canola seed is linked to China’s trade dispute with the United States, including Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Trudeau acknowledges U.S.-China dispute linked to canola

The study into China’s concerns about dockage and blackleg is done but hasn’t been shared with China yet

The Canadian government has acknowledged for the first time publicly what most suspected: canola to China is the symptom, not the illness. China’s decision not to buy Canadian canola seed since March is linked to Canada’s arrest late last year of Meng Wanzhou, vice-president of Chinese technology firm Huawei, at the United States’ request. “We

The halt on canola shipments to China is hitting farmers first and hardest, according to KAP.

KAP wants government action on canola spat

While Chinese and Canadian officials are talking, so far China hasn’t agreed to a face-to-face meeting

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is frustrated the federal government hasn’t done more to restore Canadian canola exports to China a month after the current trade dispute began. At press time Monday the Chinese had not replied to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s request to send a Canadian delegation to China led by the Canadian Food Inspection