Welcome to Frontlines: Geopolitics affecting agriculture with Jacob Shapiro of Cognitive Investments and Shaun Haney! On this podcast episode, Shapiro unpacks the results of this week’s Mexican presidential election. Shapiro says that electing Claudia Sheinbaum as its president-elect is a net positive for the country, but potentially negative for Canadian and American agricultural producers, as… Read More

Methane emissions from cattle have received plenty of mainstream attention over the past decade, with calls to eat less beef often not accounting for the carbon sequestration and biodiversity benefits of producing highly-nutritious food on grasslands. The panel in this episode of the Ag Policy Connection ruminates on how environmental policies can help or hinder… Read More

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) continues to raise major concerns about Bunge’s proposed acquisition of Viterra. A decision on whether to allow the multinational grain company deal to go ahead in Canada — and what the conditions will be if approved — is currently before the federal cabinet, as Transport Canada wrapped up… Read More

Whether we’re talking imports of electric vehicles or pea protein, or promises made ahead of upcoming elections, tariffs are back in the spotlight in many Western countries, including the U.S. The Biden government’s decision to impose high tariffs on Chinese-made EVs is in line with past decisions that were made by the Trump administration, while… Read More

Over nine thousand workers with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be in a legal position to go on strike as of Thursday, June 6. The border workers, who are members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, have been without a contract since June 2022. CBSA says the border will remain open if… Read More

There are plenty of active agriculture-related files on Parliament Hill heading into the final three weeks of the spring session, including carbon pricing policy, capital gains tax changes, HPAI in dairy cattle, funding for 4-H, and the implementation of a Grocery Code of Conduct. The Conservative Party’s shadow minister of agriculture and deputy chair of… Read More

10 national farm and commodity organizations are raising concerns about the federal government’s plan to increase the capital gains tax inclusion rate and related tax policy changes that were announced in the 2024 budget last month. The organizations, including the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canadian Cattle Association and Grain Growers of… Read More

The term “agricultural extension” generally refers to the process of applying new research and knowledge to help farmers improve farming methods and techniques. While this concept has existed for thousands of years, the word “extension” itself dates back to the 1860s in England when universities made an attempt to extend practical information through lectures outside… Read More

The draft 2023 Farm Bill passed by the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee last week is facing an uphill battle to gain approval from enough Democrat lawmakers ahead of a looming September 30th deadline on the extension of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House committee bill would increase support for farm commodity programs,… Read More

MPs on the House of Commons’ agriculture committee have published a list of recommendations for the federal government to tackle the issue of food price volatility after studying the topic over the past six months. The committee heard from a long list of witnesses, including executives from Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys-owner Empire, Walmart Canada and Costco,… 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

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

 

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