Animal Industry Corn Users Suggest Lower Duties on US Corn Justified

Chuck Zimmerman

Harry SiemensIn my opinion is we need to lay this puppy to rest. Having Canadian corn users fighting with grain corn producers makes no sense at all, especially when it doesn’t really matter to the Americans. Lawyers representing the Animal Industry Corn Users suggest, if the Canada Border Services Agency follows its own guidelines, duties on U.S. corn entering Canada will be reduced substantially when it announces final subsidy and dumping determinations March 15.

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Wine & Accords Need Time

Chuck Zimmerman

EU Directorate-General For Agriculture & Rural DevelopmentA fine wine sometimes needs some time. And that’s the way our USTR, Rob Portman looks at the U.S./EU Wine Accord. It looks like we’ve reached an agreement, sort of. At least a beginning of an agreement. Actually a Wine Accord. It only took 20 years to get this far.

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Canadian Live Hog Prices will Remain Volatile

Chuck Zimmerman

Harry SiemensSaskatchewan Agriculture and Food says a combination of factors will keep hog prices volatile with some strengthening as we move toward spring. Brad Marceniuk said while live hog prices have continued to fluctuate, they have improved since the beginning of February when higher U.S. slaughter numbers and higher volumes of chicken and pork in cold storage pushed prices down.

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American increases in peas and lentils hurt Canadian producers

Chuck Zimmerman

Harry SiemensAmerican production of field peas and lentils has risen dramatically in response to government support under the Loan Deficiency Payment program. My colleague Kevin Hursh in Saskatoon, SA says back in 2002, the U.S. placed pulse crops under the LDP effectively guaranteeing producers a floor price. A report just released from Agriculture Canada shows the subsequent acreage and production increases.

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US Wheat Tariff Comes Off

Chuck Zimmerman

Canada Western Red Spring wheat can once again enter the United States, duty free. A U.S. tariff that stopped imports of Canada’s largest crop since 2003 has been fully dismantled, cementing a major NAFTA victory for western Canadian farmers. On February 24, the U.S. Customs notified all American ports of entry that imports of Canadian hard red spring wheat are …

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Dont Expect CWB Changes Anytime Soon

Chuck Zimmerman

Harry SiemensIt looks like Canada’s new Ag Minister is retreating from making changes to the Canadian Wheat Board, at least not quickly. In meeting with CWB officials, Manitoba’s Ag Minister Rosann Wowchuk, and reporters after the meeting, Strahl said, “What I said to the wheat board’s board of directors is the same thing that I’ve been saying publicly . . . that our campaign promise was to move toward dual marketing.”

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BSE Effects Continue in Canada

Chuck Zimmerman

Harry SiemensWhat do growing forages and BSE have in common you may ask? When the BSE crisis hit the Canadian cattle industry in 2003, most watched cattle producers struggle, what to do with their cattle, in some cases almost worthless. However, the effects of that crisis reached out to almost every segment selling into that industry.

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