Monthly Archives: April 2017

Where Art Thou Plant 2017? — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grain markets ended the month of April on generally jovial terms as weather concerns (AKA premiums) are playing to the minds of the bullish speculators. For the week, oats was the biggest performer, up 5.3%, followed by Chicago’s soft red wheat market, gaining 2.55%. Corn gained 0.5% on planting concerns while soybeans fell 0.55% on the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 27: NAFTA Flip-Flop, Plant17 & Crop Insurance for Unharvested Acres

Thursday’s podcast features Toronto-based international trade lawyer Mark Warner, sharing his insight on the news around NAFTA this week and what the renegotiation process with the Trump administration could look like. Greg Sears, chair of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, discusses the tough situation facing Alberta producers who still have around a million acres of unharvested crop and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 28: Trudeau’s Farm Visit, Ontario Budget & Operation Pollinator

Ontario field editor (and sheep doula) Lyndsey Smith joins Kelvin Heppner to co-host today’s show, which includes discussion about the pre-election budget unveiled in Ontario; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Lewis family farm at Gray, Saskatchewan; and the launch of a new project by Syngenta and the Soil Council of Canada to help wild bees… Read more »

What Should We Expect From NAFTA Renegotiation?

Reports the White House was finalizing an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement sent shockwaves through the markets and export-reliant sectors of the economy, including agriculture, on Wednesday. However, after President Trump spoke with leaders from Canada and Mexico on Wednesday night, the White House issued a statement… Read more »

Ontario Reveals First Balanced Liberal Budget in a Decade

Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government released its 2017-18 budget on April 27. The budget is the first balanced Liberal budget in a decade. However, the provincial debt now sits north of $300 billion with interest charges estimated at $12 billion annually. The $141 billion budget includes huge dollars for health care, some education tweaks, and 2,000… Read more »