Dairy bull market pauses to catch its breath

Increasing tension over trade in the first half of May led dairy manufacturers to begin selling off inventories. Many cooperatives had been building inventories of various products in anticipation that a trade deal between the U.S. and China was close, but that anticipation has given way to concern as import duties of up to 25 percent remain in place on various [...]

Stock markets slide amid U.S.-China trade uncertainty

Stock market volatility picked up last week with a further hike for U.S. tariffs on Chinese products. The Trump administration accused China of reneging on several areas previously negotiated, and tensions escalated further between the two countries. The current understanding is that imports already [...]

African swine fever: Hogs, China, & trade

One of the hottest current topics in agricultural markets is African swine fever, a virus ravaging the Chinese hog industry. Market concerns abound, from whether the virus can spread to other regions globally (such as the U.S.) to its potential impact on pork production [...]

Demand for nutritious beverages on the rise in China

In a recent report, USDA found urban Chinese consumers are eating and drinking healthier than in previous years, emphasizing “eating well” over “eating full.” This mindset, along with a need for convenient nutrition, has led to growth in China’s beverage industry. In fact, profit [...]

Trouble with China triggers decline in Canadian canola acreage

Canada is projecting new-crop canola plantings at 21.3 million acres, down 7 percent from 2018/19 and the lowest level in three years. The industry had expected some reduction, but it was a bit more extensive than expectations. Many growers are shifting acreage to wheat—spring [...]

Trade obstacles persist for U.S. pork

Last Thursday, Apr. 18, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its report on the impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ratification of the free-trade agreement (FTA) could improve the situation for U.S. pork exports, which have seen a sharp drop this past [...]

Rise in dairy product inventories

While trade tensions between U.S. and China are not yet settled and NAFTA’s replacement, USMCA, has not been ratified, exports of dairy products that would normally be shipping to these two key destinations have been lagging. Following U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, China and [...]