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U.S. lawmakers skeptical of promises to shield farmers from trade dispute

Overland Park, Kan. | Reuters — U.S. lawmakers and the farm industry were skeptical of the Trump administration’s promise to shield farmers from the rapidly escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, concerned about the lack of details in protecting the agricultural export sector now embroiled in the back-and-forth. Major farming states supported U.S. […] Read more

Canada to probe claims of Turkish pasta dumping

Three Canadian makers of dry wheat pasta have got their wish for a probe into whether competing products from Turkey are being dumped into the Canadian market. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced Tuesday it has launched an investigation into whether certain pasta products originating in or exported from Turkey are being sold at […] Read more


Russia to boost grain transport subsidies in 2018

Moscow | Reuters — Russia will spend two billion roubles (C$43 million) in grain transportation subsidies to help to speed exports in 2018, the deputy agriculture minister said on Thursday. Already among the world’s largest wheat exporters, Russia is trying to step up a gear after this year’s record crop, which is keeping its grain […] Read more

Ahead of NAFTA talks, Canada says dispute mechanism essential

Ottawa | Reuters — An effective dispute settlement mechanism is essential in any trade agreement, Canada’s foreign affairs minister said on Friday, less than a week before the first round of negotiations on the North American trade pact. Canada’s desire to include a dispute settlement mechanism in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) […] Read more



China slaps more duties on U.S. DDGS

Beijing | Reuters –– China will impose anti-subsidy duties of between 10 and 10.7 per cent on imports of U.S. animal feed ingredient known as distillers’ dried grains (DDGS), the Commerce Ministry said in a preliminary ruling on Wednesday. The move was widely expected after the government announced a similar move on anti-dumping duties last […] Read more


China slaps anti-dumping duties on U.S. DDGS

Chicago/Beijing | Reuters — China on Friday slapped anti-dumping duties on a U.S. animal feed ingredient known as distillers’ dried grains (DDGS) amid an intensifying spat between the world’s two largest economies over agricultural trade which totaled over US$20 billion last year. Beijing’s preliminary decision calls for duties of 33.8 per cent, effective immediately, the […] Read more

Egypt public prosecutor orders 13 arrested in wheat corruption case

Cairo | Reuters — Egypt’s public prosecutor has ordered the arrest of 13 people for 15 days pending an investigation into their role in a wheat procurement corruption scandal, judicial sources said on Saturday. Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, has been mired in controversy over its wheat supplies, with industry officials claiming that over […] Read more


Pitting supply management against U.S. subsidies seen as ‘unfair’

CNS Canada — How will Canada’s supply management system stack up against America’s domestic supports if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes to fruition? It’s a question that hasn’t been answered, say some experts from Canada’s farming institutions. “It would be completely unfair if we have to compete with lower prices, because those lower prices are […] Read more

China pledges $11B to support grain farmers

Beijing | Reuters –– China will give a total of 57.8 billion yuan (C$11.26 billion) to grain farmers as part of efforts to deepen rural reform, promote modern agriculture and raise incomes for farmers, state news agency Xinhua said. The total includes 14 billion yuan in direct subsidies, while 20.4 billion yuan will go to […] Read more