Canada’s largest agriculture lender believes predictions of a re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are premature and a patient strategy is the best path forward for the Canadian government and the country’s supply managed sector. Speaking at the Canadian Dairy XPO last week in Stratford, Ont., Farm Credit Canada agricultural economist Jean-Philippe Gervais told… Read More

The 11 remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership met on the sidelines of Asia Pacific trade talks in Chile yesterday to discuss the future of the TPP now that the U.S. has withdrawn. “The participating partners reiterated their firm commitment to collaborate in keeping markets open and to the free flow of goods, services and… Read More

It was a great week for Canada in terms of trade on several fronts. You can say many negative things about Prime Minister Trudeau, but you cannot take away his government’s effort to extend Harper’s commitment to trade. There is much discussion and renegotiation to still happen, but the week of February 13th was very good for… Read More

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, and Canada needs to move on to ‘plan B’ for increasing market access into Asia, according to Glen Hodgson, senior fellow with the Conference Board of Canada. “The Japanese are trying to keep it alive, but it’s effectively dead. I do think we should be developing a ‘plan B’ for Asia,… Read More

As officials left the recent trilateral meeting between Canada, United States, and Mexico, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney was able to talk about the outcome of the meeting with Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) vice president of government relations. When Shaun talked to John Masswohl, with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, it was clear that the… Read More

One of the major agriculture lobby organizations in the United States is the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). With members across the country, there are many priorities for the AFBF under the new Trump administration. At this week’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association meeting in Nashville, Shaun Haney spoke with AFBF president Zippy Duvall. Duvall is a… Read More

Everybody’s waiting to see what President Trump plans to do with NAFTA, but it’s unlikely it will be detrimental to the movement of cattle and pigs across the Canada-U.S. border, says Guelph-based livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier. While Trump’s “Buy American” policy and willingness to flat-out talk about being protectionist are concerning, Grier says he… Read More

Whether it’s through the Trans-Pacific Partnership or not, Canada’s meat processors say they need a trade deal with Japan to maintain exports. While Australia and New Zealand remain hopeful the TPP can move forward, the 12-country deal’s future looks bleak after President Trump followed through on his campaign promise to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement this… Read More

Although United States farm groups and ag interests are still sorting out where they stand with the new administration, several voiced immediate criticism of President Trump’s formal commitment to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday. The TPP — a multilateral trade deal between Canada, the U.S. and 10 other countries around the Pacific Rim —… Read More