Category: United States

No, agriculture won’t be quiet, Mr. Ross

We often hear that farmers need to tell their story. Farmers need to speak up and make sure their concerns are heard and are understood by politicians and consumers. Too many times our messages seem to fall on deaf ears with left and right leaning governments. However, last week’s #farmers4NAFTA campaign by U.S. farm groups and… Read more »

Could blockchain transform agricultural markets?

Before we begin to explain how blockchain may be a game changer for agricultural marketing let’s answer that question that is likely at the top of your mind. “What the the heck is blockchain?” According to the Harvard Business Review, it is “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and… Read more »

Canada reports a five month low in trade deficit due to rising exports

Both Canada and the United States released their export numbers for the month of October this week and there are some interesting takeaways. Fresh off last week’s third quarter GDP numbers that were dragged down by weak exports, the Statistics Canada trade data pushlished on Tuesday showed rebounding exports. Canada’s trade deficit shrank to a… Read more »

Wheat School: Not all bushels are the same

The bushel is a critical unit in grain farming. It’s used to describe volume in many contexts, including a crop’s yield per acre, the amount of grain that fits in a truck or bin, and as a fundamental piece of information in grain sales contracts. But not all bushels are the same. More specifically, a… Read more »

Will autonomous semi trucks have a fit in agriculture?

There are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States and somewhere around 300,000 in Canada. What does their future hold with recent developments in autonomous or robotic technology? We’ve talked about the autonomous semi truck Otto delivering beer and appliances in the past. Last week, we saw Tesla unveil its electric semi truck… Read more »

Dealing with the global milk protein glut

In the dairy food value chain processors play an integral role in product development. Dairy product development puts dairy components in protein bars, protein powder, ice cream, yogurt and baby formula. to name just a few. At Farm Journal’s MILK Business Conference, attendees heard from Micheal Dykes, President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association…. Read more »

Hear RealAg Radio during the SiriusXM free preview until November 27th!

If you’re curious what RealAg Radio is all about but don’t have a SiriusXM subscription, here’s your chance to check it out. SiriusXM is offering a free listening period for 60-plus channels, including RealAg Radio’s home on Rural Radio Channel 147!  The free trial runs until November 27th. Simply tune in (if you’re satellite radio equipped)… Read more »

Hey dairy, what about the rest of us?

It really seems that NAFTA is on thin ice, and this proverbial frozen trade pond seems to be full of cracks. North American agriculture is holding its breath before it’s plunged into the cold water under that ice, except, there is one agriculture group that has nothing to lose. They’re standing on land, by themselves:… Read more »

Declining milk powder prices have dramatically affected the U.S. dairy market

No matter where you run a dairy farm, the key is to get the milk out of the cow. Canadian and American dairies live under different marketing schemes, but there are many more similarities than differences. At the MILK Business Conference in Las Vegas, Mike Opperman, editor of MILK Magazine, chatted with Shaun Haney about… Read more »

Are we turning the corner on ag commodity prices?

Farmers are always hoping for higher prices in any market, but our wishes do not always come true. However, there are signs we’re turning a corner, with global demand outstripping supply. Many farmers and analysts have stared at their computer screen this fall to see Dec corn laser-locked around $3.50, along with other commodities like… Read more »

What is the right amount of on-farm grain storage?

Can you have too much grain storage on farm? Is on-farm grain storage a trap to procrastinate in marketing your crop? Depending on where you farm, what’s the ideal amount of grain storage relative to your annual crop production? On-farm grain storage has always been a necessity on the prairies, but capacity is growing in… Read more »

European Parliament passes non-binding motion to ban glyphosate by 2022

Glyphosate continues to face an uncertain future in the European Union, potentially impacting North American grain exports to the EU. The European Parliament voted in favour of banning glyphosate by 2022 on Tuesday, a day before a European Commission committee was set to vote on a proposal to re-authorize the world’s most commonly used herbicide… Read more »

AgriTalk — A Canadian invasion to discuss trade breakdown

RealAg’s Shaun Haney had the chance to be the guest host on AgriTalk, the leading U.S. agriculture radio program, filling in for Mike Adams on Thursday. With all the issues surrounding NAFTA, it was an opportunity for the American audience to hear the issues and opinions through a Canadian lens. Find other episodes of Agritalk… Read more »

On NAFTA: the U.S. is not negotiating, it’s making demands

As round four of the NAFTA talks comes to a close, you have to wonder why it took the U.S. this long to finally come around to the stiff demands laid out in round four. From auto to dairy, the U.S. provided a list of demands that Canada and Mexico have described as unacceptable, and,… Read more »

Canada rejecting aggressive demands, while refusing to walk away from NAFTA talks

The tone surrounding NAFTA negotiations certainly turned during the fourth round of talks, which wrapped up Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia. Pessimistic or gloomy would be appropriate descriptors, definitely out of tune, even if you’re optimistic. After three rounds with little progress, U.S. negotiators came out swinging, tabling multiple ‘non-starters’ in the eyes of Canada and… Read more »