The prime minister announced the appointment of a new deputy minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) on Friday. Lawrence Hanson, currently associate deputy minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, has been chosen to replace Stefanie Beck, effective June 3, 2024, as the top bureaucrat in the federal agriculture department. Beck is moving on… Read More

Governments in many countries are enacting policies aimed at mitigating climate change — massive subsidies, carbon levies, and strict regulations — that also have consequences on trade flows. Billions of dollars of incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act in the U.S., the Canadian government’s carbon taxes, and the EU’s biofuel feedstock requirements and carbon border… Read More

North American cattle industry representative met last week in Mexico to attend the Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas’ (CNOG) annual meeting and a trilateral meeting between the parties. Up for discussion was sustainable global trade that encourages efficient production practices, as well as focusing on protecting herds from animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth and lumpy… Read More

There are many priorities that influence how land is used — the need for housing and economic development often drives the conversion of farmland and natural habitat into urban or suburban landscapes, but food security, productivity, biodiversity, crop or livestock prices, renewable energy policy, and of course, NIMBYism are among the many factors that can… Read More

When it comes to agriculture and the environment, some people see agriculture as a solution, while others view it as a problem. And in politics, people with different perspectives and levels of awareness about farming often sit in the same caucus or cabinet, influencing where a party stands on environmental policies that affect agriculture. Canada’s… Read More

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s third and final ruling announced Friday on gene-editing for crop variety development clears the path for this precise, cost-effective plant breeding tool to be used in Canada. Does this mean farmers will have access to new drought-resistant or nitrogen-efficient varieties for next year? Not so fast, says Krista Thomas, vice-president… Read More

There’s more work to do to improve where canola’s carbon intensity score ranks in the tax credit regime for renewable fuels in the U.S., according to the executive director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA). After taking a few days to digest the U.S. Treasury Department’s awaited announcement last week of new requirements for… Read More

By Cam Dahl, general manager for Manitoba Pork It is not your great-granddaddy’s farm anymore. While some may have nostalgia for the old farm with a little red barn that housed a few chickens, a couple of pigs, and a dairy cow, it is better for both the environment and the economy that agriculture has… Read More

May 3, 2024 will go down as “a ground-breaking day for Canadian agriculture,” says the Canada Grains Council’s vice-president for trade policy and seed innovation. That’s because the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published the third and final update regarding the rules for gene-edited crops going forward, clearing a regulatory pathway for them to be… Read More

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