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ROBLIN, Man. — The surge of counterfeit honey into global honey supplies has been devastating for Canadian beekeepers. “It’s been twisting my hand because I can’t stay here,” said Tim Wendell of Wendell Honey. “I don’t know if the price is coming back or how long it’s going to take. It always has come back, […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:53:38 PM

As supply tightens, farmers should consider stocking up on diesel before it’s too late, according to an analyst. “We think the market’s getting kind of overdone down here and this might be your best chance,” said Phil Flynn of the Price Futures Group in Chicago. “If we do get a cold winter, I think we’ll […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:45:26 PM

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been praised and pilloried for her negotiation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement, now dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Which does she deserve? University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well. “Ultimately what happened here is we get an […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:43:25 PM

African swine fever is about to unleash the most profound changes in meat and feedgrain markets that farmers will see in their lifetime, says a market analyst. Shawn Hackett, president of Hackett Financial Advisors, said a “pandemic of infection” in China is going to lead to surging demand and prices for North American meat products. […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:39:12 PM

So, what now? With the U.S. midterm elections done, we have more certainty about who has the power and influence in Washington for the next two years. Unfortunately, that doesn’t provide a lot of certainty for trade. Will the U.S. approve NAFTA2? Will the U.S. attempt to get back into the new Trans-Pacific Partnership? Most […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:36:33 PM

There are several take-away messages from the November monthly supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you take China’s stocks out of the totals, global corn and wheat year-end stocks should shrink this year compared to last, providing support for grain prices. The November estimate of the U.S. soybean crop is […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:34:02 PM

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he “would make Canada unrecognizable.” His agriculture minister, Gerry Ritz, certainly did his part to make Canadian agriculture and food unrecognizable. Ritz’s destructive record speaks for itself. Does Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair really want to damage its reputation by inducting former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz (2007-15) into Canada’s […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:27:03 PM

The federal government has come out in favour of gene editing. Or, more accurately, the Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce “safe and affordable food, feed, fibres, and energy in the 21st century.” The quote comes from a statement released in early November and was delivered during a World Trade […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:25:21 PM

A number of transportation services are beginning to take shape on the Prairies, filling the gap that Greyhound left behind when it disappeared from rural roads at the end of last month. The long-time motor coach operator is being replaced by a variety of providers, including government-subsidized services and the private sector. There are shuttles, […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:23:13 PM

BENTLEY, Alta. — Ongoing uncertainty around changes to the Canadian dairy system influenced Dennis and Laurie Duncan’s decision to sell their 70 dairy cows at their third generation farm. “We sold five years ago due to the threat of losing quota to trade negotiations,” Dennis said. “Now we’re just grain.” Coulee Ridge Farms grows canola, […] Read more

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11/15/2018 4:18:05 PM

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