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McDonald’s says it remains committed to Canadian ranchers while piloting plant-based options

For a company that proclaims its loyalty to Canadian ranchers on the back and sides of its transport trucks, navigating a foray into the plant-based market is going to be somewhat tricky. McDonald’s marketing director Jean-Guillaume Bertola fully understands that the company has to strike a balance between adapting menus based on changing consumer preferences […]

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Canada’s BSE risk status application delayed, but moving forward

Canada’s current bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) status, as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is “controlled risk.” Canada was eligible to apply to downgrade its risk status last summer, however, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s on track to submit for “negligible risk” status by July of this year. “The U.S. […]

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Coronavirus complicating excitement over Phase One China-U.S. trade deal

The China-U.S. mega trade deal promising big things for ag product sales has seen some of its momentum lost to the coronavirus outbreak. “It makes things way more complicated,” says Don Close, a senior analyst at RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness. “As soon as that agreement was signed, U.S. markets started to sell off, and have […]

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China’s promised Ractopamine risk assessment could signal a move to science-based beef trade

News of the U.S./China trade deal has largely focused on China agreeing to purchase $80 billion in U.S. agricultural goods over the next two years, but there are other clauses in the text of the deal that have the potential for a large impact on American and Canadian beef producers. The deal also includes a […]

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Beef Market Update: Bearish corn, international market demand, and weather unknowns

In a stroke of good luck, both Anne Wasko of Gateway Livestock Exchange, and Shaun Haney, host of RealAg Radio, were in San Antonio, TX this week to take in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s annual convention. That means this edition of the Beef Market Update is a very special in-person recording, which makes the… […]

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Feed costs look to be contained for cattle feeders heading in to 2020

Feed costs are one of the cost variables that cattle feeders have to keep a close eye on no matter the year. Early indictions for this year, at least, look to be feeder-friendly. The 2019 corn crop faced very adverse conditions and still came out with a respectable yield. United States Department of Agriculture and […]

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Saputo announces dairy plant closures in Ontario and New Brunswick

Montreal-based dairy processing giant Saputo has announced plans to close facilities at Trenton, Ont., and Saint John, New Brunswick. The company says the closures are “aimed at improving its operational efficiency and right-sizing both its manufacturing footprint and sales force in Canada.” The Trenton plant is scheduled to be shut down in September of this […]

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U.S. ag secretary believes Canada will live up to its dairy commitments in USMCA

United States Department of Agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue held a press conference at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention this week in San Antonio, Texas, to talk about the U.S. government’s work on trade, dairy access, and more. As one of the biggest supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump’s agenda, Secretary Purdue boasted about the […]

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Country of origin labelling still top of mind at NCBA

Beef industry leaders from Canada, United States, and Mexico are meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this week at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Convention. Representatives from all three countries discussed the progress on ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. With Mexico and the U.S. ratifying the deal, Canada is the lone country left […]

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Mind Your Farm Business — Ep 48: Avoiding marketing plan pitfalls

What carries greater downside risk — having to sell in a down market to generate cash flow, or pre-selling a crop in increments? The short answer is, it depends, but the in-depth explanation is that panic or stressed sales by their nature are rarely the most profitable. Pre-selling some crop carries a risk, yes, but […]