The News & What it Means – US-China trade deal attracts news coverage. But really, China buys what China wants

By John DePutter & Dave Milne – August 17, 2020
The News:

“China continues to lag behind the pace of imports from the US needed to meet the terms of the two nations’ trade deal, amid a rapidly worsening diplomatic standoff that’s sparking global fears of a new Cold War.”

Bloomberg, July 27, 2020

The News & What it Means – The USDA hits the mark on 2019-20 Brazil, Argentina soy production. Now, what about the 2020-21 crop? It will hold big sway in your soybean prices one year from now!

By John DePutter & Dave Milne – May 20, 2020
The News:

“USDA slightly lowered its (2019-20) forecast for South American soybean production. Dry weather has reduced yield potential of the crop, especially in southern Brazil and northern Argentina.”

Feedstuffs, May 13, 2020

The News & What it Means – Soaring Unemployment: Canadian Farms at Risk?

By John DePutter & Dave Milne – May 12, 2020
The News:

“US farm bankruptcies are continuing to tick higher and the toll may rise even further as off-farm jobs are lost in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the American Farm Bureau (AFB).”

Syngenta website article, May 8, 2020

The News & What it Means – Doing Business in a New Normal of De-Globalization

By John DePutter & Dave Milne – May 6, 2020
The News:

“Brazilian officials expect the new coronavirus outbreak to spark a rise in global agricultural protectionism, as countries seek to secure local food supplies.”

Reuters, May 4, 2020