The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is calling on the federal government to keep its promise on compensation for dairy farmers, stemming from international trade deals that allowed for dairy product access into Canada’s supply managed value chain. “When a dairy farmer makes a commitment, his or her word is gold. We hold our government… Read More

It’s still in the very early stages of discussion, but a multinational infrastructure conglomerate with roots in Mexico has announced ambitious plans for a tri-national rail corridor linking the port at Mazatlan in Mexico’s northwestern Sinaloa state to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Caxxor Group’s CEO Carlos Ortiz told Mexican media, including daily newspaper Milenio, last week that… Read More

JBS Foods Canada has announced a long-term commitment with Kanematsu, a Japanese food service and distribution company. Japan imported 49,317 tonnes of Canadian beef valued at $353.5 million in 2019. The company will focus on using Alberta Beef-branded product, including Northern Gold and the Canadian Diamond Black Angus brand, in development of this overseas partnership…. Read More

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen were at Ken Lewis’ farm near Spruce Grove, Alta. on Wednesday to announce the province will be adding to its international offices in several key agricultural export markets. Specific trade and investment-focused officers will be added to Invest Alberta’s international offices at Mexico City and Singapore…. Read More

Agriculture leads the economy in Saskatchewan, and with the next provincial election slated for October 26, farmers are keen to know each party’s agricultural platform. Todd Lewis, president of Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and farmer south of Regina, joined Shaun Haney recently to talk about the organization’s concerns for provincial policies and how… Read More

Three years into the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, Canadian exporters are fed up with the EU using non-tariff trade barriers, red tape, and protectionist measures to keep Canadian products out of the union. In what was supposed to be an incredibly lucrative, two-way exchange of goods, CETA has delivered… Read More

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) has asked four cabinet ministers to push for progress on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), on the three year anniversary of the agreement coming into force. In a letter sent to Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, Minister of Finance Chrystia… Read More

In a leadership race finale that stretched well into the early hours of August 24th, Erin O’Toole emerged victorious. O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Ontario’s Durham riding, succeeds Andrew Scheer as Conservative Party leader. He defeated party co-founder Peter MacKay on the third ballot. Leslyn Lewis, who received the most votes in the majority of… Read More

The Maple Leaf Foods hog plant at Brandon, Man., has temporarily suspended pork exports to China on a voluntary basis. China has recently instituted new rules where any plant reporting COVID-19 cases is required to suspend exports. The Brandon plant has seen over 50 cases of COVID-19 among employees in the last few weeks, accounting… Read More

The Mexican government is planning to phase out the use of glyphosate by the end of 2024. The country has already blocked imports of the active ingredient of the world’s most commonly used herbicide, citing the precautionary principle and risk to the environment. With his agriculture and environment ministries in conflict over the issue, President… Read More

Domestically, Canada’s agri-food system is facing a lot of challenges, but the pressures aren’t from just within the country. Many newly-felt pressures are from external forces. A new report from Agri-Food Economy Systems based out of Guelph, Ont., outlines these new pressures on agri-food policy in Canada. The list of those pressures in the report… Read More

 

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