Early reports today that China would fully re-open its market to all Canadian canola are not correct, according to both the Canola Council of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Today marks four years since Canada signed an MOU with China on the blackleg issue. Discussion this week between China and Canada have been centred…
Early reports today that China would fully re-open its market to all Canadian canola are not correct, according to both the Canola Council of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Today marks four years since Canada signed an MOU with China on the blackleg issue. Discussion this week between China and Canada have been centred on the expiration of said…
Early reports today that China would fully re-open its market to all Canadian canola are not correct, according to both the Canola Council of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Today marks four years since Canada signed an MOU with China on the blackleg issue. Discussion this week between China and Canada have been centred on the expiration of said MOU, happening today. China has signalled that existing canola trade will continue — regardless of the MOU expiration, confirms the Canola Council of Canada.
A representative from the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada confirms that Customs China has indicated it will continue to allow canola imports, even with the expiry of the MOU. Delisted companies, Richardson International and Viterra, remain delisted and unable to ship canola seed to China at this time.
The representative says that there have been discussions on-going for several weeks so as to add certainty to what would happen as of April 1, with the MOU expiry. While this is not a return to full access into China, it does mean some trade will continue, and there had been delays in contracts due to the uncertainty. Currently, Canada is shipping about a third of the volume of canola seed it would have shipped pre-delisting.
Early in 2019, China halted Canadian canola from grain companies over a “technical issue” — claiming canola had been found to contain several pests species. Companies who had export licenses revoked said the shipments met all phytosanitary requirements at the time of export.
In recent history, China has bought as much as 40% of Canada’s canola crop each year. Canola exports were down 14.7%, or 641,100 tonnes, from December 2018 to 2019, largely because of lower exports to China, according to Statistics Canada.
The revoked export licenses came at a time when diplomatic relations with China were very strained over Canada’s detainment of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, on behalf of the U.S. government.
Worldwide trade of all commodities faces unprecedented disruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus first took hold in China late in 2019, and the country has recently started moving some manufacturing back online.
Devin Dreeshen, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, has announced the creation of Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), a non-profit, arm’s-length agriculture research organization. The creation of RDAR is the…
Devin Dreeshen, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, has announced the creation of Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), a non-profit, arm’s-length agriculture research organization.
The creation of RDAR is the result of consultation with farmers, industry, and key partners in the agricultural sector, the province says. It was established so that farmers, in collaboration with others involved in research, are best positioned to determine agricultural research priorities.
RDAR will replace previous research models, such as the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund (ACIDF).
The new model is designed to reflect the priorities of farmers and ranchers and to ensure that agriculture research in Alberta achieves outcomes that can be applied in the field and on the ranch.
The arm’s length group will have a regionally-representative advisory board that will assist an interim board to determine value, profitability, and areas of focus.
“We will make sure farmers direct research priorities. RDAR will ensure Alberta’s agriculture industry has more financial flexibility and autonomy to fund longer-term projects. Governments shouldn’t force an ideology on research priorities – research priorities should be determined by industry. Research can be a massive springboard for economic growth, and, with the right focus, RDAR can achieve that for Alberta’s farmers and ranchers,” says Minister Dreeshen.
Research funding will begin flowing by September 2020 and achieve full operational capacity by March 2021. $2 million in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will be provided this year to support initial operations.
Dr. David Chalack has been named as interim board chair. Dr. Gerald Hauer will serve as interim CEO, and Clinton Dobson will act as interim research director.
Industry reaction is optimistic, though most groups are still waiting to hear as to what the funding level will be of this new organization.
Alberta Beef Producers:
“We are pleased to see research directed by an arm’s length organization that hopefully will be able to make long term commitments free of government fiscal year challenges and election cycles. We are happy that it will be led by a board elected by farmers through their boards and commissions and that research will reflect the priorities of farmers and ranchers. We are not clear on how much research funding will be available to this organization, but the producer direction should be good fall all research priorities, including those of cattle and beef producers. We are wondering why the organization needs $2 million in operational funding to get established.” — Rich Smith, executive director
“We appreciate the Government of Alberta taking action on the agriculture research file and we look forward to working with RDAR. We really don’t know enough about the RDAR structure or the process to be able to comment at this time on the potential impact on our research priorities.We’re looking forward to learning more, specifically regarding the actual dollars allocated per fiscal year to the funding of research projects.” They also note that Dr. Chalack has been part of the dairy industry.
The Beaujot family and SeedMaster company have sold their remaining shares of Dot Technology Corp to Raven Industries Ltd. “The original sale of a majority interest in Dot to Raven…
The Beaujot family and SeedMaster company have sold their remaining shares of Dot Technology Corp to Raven Industries Ltd.
“The original sale of a majority interest in Dot to Raven that took place in November 2019, put Dot on a new path,” says Dot founder Norbert Beaujot. “This new path added Raven expertise in controls technology, as well as Smart Ag technology (another Raven acquisition), alongside of Dot’s home-grown electronic controls staff to solidify Dot’s electronic powerhouse.”
This sale by the Beaujot family of its remaining Dot shares will “simplify and streamline Raven’s ability to direct Dot’s path forward.”
The SeedMaster engineering and manufacturing staff (along with Norbert) developed and built all mechanical and hydraulic aspects and features for Dot.
The sale is prompted by the Beaujots viewing the project as a higher risk than the family wanted to carry on their own, which urged them to seek outside financial help and direction.
“We would like to thank all our staff (Dot and SeedMaster), friends, suppliers, Dot third-party implement partners, industry and government individuals who have supported and helped guide Dot through her infancy to where the company is now – it has been the realization of a dream,” says Beaujot. “Again, I wish Raven nothing but success on their path with Dot and I will continue to be a resource to support Dot on her journey to be the historical change for agriculture that she is poised to be.”
The Beaujot family and SeedMaster look forward to continued collaboration with Dot and Raven to help produce the most advanced technology for agriculture, not only with the autonomous platform but also with industry-leading farm implements for Dot, the family says.
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