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(Left to right) Ruby, Jacob, Rita and Ross Canning at their beef operation near Geelong, Victoria in Australia.

Passion for raising cattle brings youth to Canada

Young Australian producer drawn to Canada for opportunities to benefit her herd back home

No matter where in the world you travel, family is at the heart of agriculture. Above the main show ring at Canadian Western Agribition in 2019, Ruby Canning was taking a short break in the International Business Centre. Backpack and camera at her side, the young Australian lit up when she talked about how much […] Read more

Burnt-out countryside north of Tumbarumba, New South Wales.

Reflections on resilience in Australia

As she joined the rebuilding effort on burnt-out farms in Australia, this BlazeAid volunteer found inspiration in people’s resolve to carry on

He hails from Snowy River,   up by Kosciusko’s side, Where the hills are twice as steep   and twice as rough… — A.B. “Banjo” Patterson, The Man From Snowy River We are a small band of BlazeAid volunteers gathered after dinner for a special rendition of Patterson’s epic poem, belted out by a hid- […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Barley finds support in lull between old, new crops

MarketsFarm — Feed barley bids in Western Canada are seeing some modest strength in early September, as old-crop supplies run out and the new crop is not yet available. “Prices have definitely gone up this past week,” said Mike Fleischhauer of Eagle Commodities at Lethbridge. Expectations for a good 2020 crop had farmers making space […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans extend rally on Chinese demand

Wheat down as Australia lifts harvest forecast

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Tuesday to notch an 11th-straight higher daily close, supported by a mix of chart-based buying, continued demand from top global buyer China and worries about U.S. crop potential, analysts said. Corn futures also climbed while wheat futures fell as larger harvests in Australia signalled greater export […] Read more


China ban turns Australian barley growers toward domestic market

Growers may shift to alternative crops next season

Sydney | Reuters — Australian farmers will be forced to sell their barley supplies to the domestic livestock industry or cheaper international markets after China effectively banned imports from Australia, farmers said on Wednesday. China late on Tuesday said it would ban barley imports from Australia’s largest grain exporter, just weeks after it slapped a […] Read more

Feds to probe complaints of wheat gluten dumping

New duties on six countries' gluten imports might follow

Federal officials are launching a probe into whether wheat gluten from six countries is being dumped in Canada at prices undercutting the domestic product. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said Friday it’s launching an investigation to determine whether “certain wheat gluten” from Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Lithuania is being sold at “unfair […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soybeans up with exports, corn up slightly on dry weather

Big expected Russian, Canadian crops weaken wheat

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures rose on Monday as a spate of new-crop soybean export sales eased concerns about forecasts of huge harvests across the U.S. Midwest. Corn futures were buoyed by dryness in top corn-producing states, as weekend rainfall missed drought-stricken parts of western Iowa. Meanwhile, wheat futures slipped on estimates for […] Read more

U.S. grains: Bearish supply outlooks spark selling in corn, soy, wheat

Wheat outlooks in Canada, Russia, Australia bearish

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell for the fourth day in a row to their lowest since June 30 as expectations kept building that growing supplies will outstrip demand even as top buyer China steps up its purchases, traders said. A bearish supply outlook also pressured wheat futures, which dropped to a one-month […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat futures fall on U.S. export woes

Corn, soybeans firm

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures dropped two per cent on Monday as rising expectations for harvests in Russia and Australia cast a shadow over already weak demand prospects for U.S. supplies, traders said. “Even though our prices are low, we are still being undersold,” said Al Kluis, managing director of Kluis Commodity Advisors. […] Read more

U.K. aims to join Trans-Pacific Partnership

London | Reuters –– The United Kingdom announced on Wednesday it would pursue accession to a revamped version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Today we’re announcing our intent to pursue accession to CPTPP, one of the world’s largest free trading areas,” Trade Secretary Liz Truss said. The British government said joining CPTPP would help the U.K. […] Read more