Category: Trade

What we know (and don’t know) so far about the GM wheat discovery in Alberta

When you look at the scope of Canadian agriculture, the discovery of a handful of wheat plants containing an unapproved genetically modified trait growing on a remote site in southern Alberta last summer is a testament to the rigour of the Canadian regulatory system. First and foremost, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says none… Read more »

China calls the U.S. on its $50 billion retaliatory tariff threat

It’s getting easier to say that the U.S. and China are engaged in an all-out trade war. It has definitely been a frosty end to the week as the U.S. confirmed on Friday that it plans to add roughly $50 billion in trade tariffs under Section 301 on certain Chinese goods effective July 6. The… Read more »

Perdue targets new Canadian dairy class during meeting at the MacAulay farm in PEI

Sonny and Mary Perdue from Savannah, Georgia, visited their Canadian friends Lawrence and Frances MacAulay at their farm in Midgell, Prince Edward Island, on Friday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s visit with Agriculture Minister MacAulay in PEI was, as expected, a friendly affair, especially in the context of the recent narrative between President Trump and Prime… Read more »

Why parliament must pass the CPTPP: Cereals Canada

This op-ed was submitted by Daniel Ramage, director of market development with Cereals Canada Implementing legislation for the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is now in Parliament. Canada has a chance to demonstrate much-needed leadership and cooperation on trade with like-minded global partners. It is imperative for parliament to pass this legislation before its… Read more »

CPTPP implementation bill introduced in the House of Commons

Legislation required to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership — better known as the CPTPP — was tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday morning. “The momentum of our progressive trade agenda continues with this next important step on CPTPP. We negotiated the best deal for Canadians from coast to coast… Read more »

Canada-U.S. trade friction around dairy escalates following G7 meeting

What exactly was said behind closed doors we may never know, but shortly after the G7 meeting  held at Charlevoix, Quebec, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump made very public statements signalling an escalation of trade friction between the two countries. Trump’s annoyance with Canada’s supply management system (at least when… Read more »

CPTPP legislation to be tabled before summer break

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The Canadian government intends to table legislation to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) before the House of Commons rises for summer. International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne appeared before the House trade committee on Tuesday morning, where he confirmed the government’s plan to bring forward the bill to implement the Pacific trade… Read more »

Trudeau confirms flexibility on dairy in NAFTA talks, but what does that mean?

The Canadian government was on the media offensive this past weekend, after the U.S. administration applied steel and aluminum tariffs to imports from Canada while justifying the move as a national security issue. “What you are saying to us and all of your NATO allies is that we somehow represent a national security threat to… Read more »

Ag machinery manufacturers feel the pain of steel tariffs

Steel prices in North America are on the rise and the impacts are just beginning to be felt in farm country. In the U.S., steel prices were already up 37% year to date and expected to go higher with the imposition of 25% import tariffs on steel from Canada and Mexico. According to the Financial… Read more »

Concerns ripple across North American agriculture as tariff battle begins

The Canadian government was quick to announce $16.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed that Canada, Mexico, and the EU will lose their exemptions to 25 percent and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, as of June 1. The escalation comes as NAFTA negotiations appear to have stalled. Prime… Read more »

China set to buy 40% more U.S. farm products…or will they?

In a relatively short period of time the potential U.S./China trade war has shifted to becoming a “trade truce.” In potentially very good news for U.S. farmers, agricultural commodities could be one of the major beneficiaries. President Donald Trump is demanding an additional $25 billion in U.S. ag exports to China, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue… Read more »

CPTPP text tabled in the House of Commons

The Canadian government has taken a step toward ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne tabled the text of the 11-country trade deal in the House of Commons on Tuesday. However, the government must still introduce and pass a bill to implement the agreement before Canada can… Read more »

NAFTA talks ignore the Congressional line in the sand…now what?

Last week we heard House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) lay down a Congressional schedule deadline for  a NAFTA 2.0 deal of May 17th. The negotiators did not meet the deadline and in fact, it was ignored like it never existed. Each country is spinning their version of what is left to do to complete this… Read more »

Cream or sugar? Same lingo, same protection, but different countries

Nearly all of Canada’s international trade negotiations, at some point, involve discussions about the future of supply management for our dairy and poultry sectors. We’ve heard the U.S. dairy industry push hard against the supply management system for dairy in NAFTA 2.0 talks, especially Canada’s new class 7 pricing. Some Canadians cheer this U.S. rhetoric… Read more »

Grain Farmers of Ontario releases wish list ahead of the provincial election

Grain Farmers of Ontario wants to see a targeted growth strategy, a focus on business risk management programs, funding for an educational farm demo site, and signed trade agreements out of the next Ontario government. GFO also says it would like to see an exemption on farm fuel costs associated with Climate Change regulations of… Read more »