The federal finance department has scrapped its plan to delay implementation of legislation passed by Parliament that would reduce the tax burden for intergenerational transfers of small businesses, such as family farms. Bill C-208, the private member’s bill that was sponsored by Manitoba Conservative MP Larry Maguire, received Royal Assent before Parliament rose for the… Read More

Originally announced in the provincial budget earlier this year, the Ontario government has officially launched the new Winery Agri-Tourism COVID-19 Relief Initiative. The fund of $10 million will be distributed to Ontario wineries and cideries with on-site stores whose business were impacted by COVID-19 safety measures to stop the spread of the virus. Businesses that saw a… Read More

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced $2.6 million in federal funding for the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) to support three projects that will assess and improve alfalfa growth using artificial intelligence and develop a carbon offset system for grasslands. Some of the funding announced July 19 will also be used… Read More

A familiar face is returning as Manitoba’s agriculture minister. Ralph Eichler, who served as the province’s ag minister from 2016 to 2019, has been sworn in as minister of agriculture and resource development as part of a small cabinet shuffle announced by Premier Brian Pallister on Thursday (July 15). Eichler replaces his successor and long-time… Read More

The U.S. President signed an executive order last week with 72 points of action focused on addressing competitive issues in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, technology, and drugs. The document tackles issues ranging from the meat-packing industry, to railways and ocean freight logistics, and on to the right to repair farm equipment and… Read More

The federal government has rejected Saskatchewan’s plan to replace the federal carbon tax, while at the same time announcing stricter requirements for provinces looking to avoid the federal carbon pricing system starting in 2023. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the rejection “can only be viewed as an arbitrary and political decision,” in a statement issued… Read More

The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame has announced its slate of inductees for 2021. The prestigious list features Gordon Bacon, Dr. Don Buckingham, Stan Eby, Johanne Ross, and Dr. Phil Williams. “This year’s inductees have all had a major impact on Canadian agriculture – elevating the profile of Canada’s pulse sector, leading Canada’s beef sector… Read More

The dispute between Canada and the U.S. over the allocation of dairy tariff rate quotas under the new North American trade deal took a step toward resolution this week, as the members of the three-person dispute panel that will issue a ruling on the U.S. complaint were announced. Elbio Oscar Roselli Frieri will chair the… Read More