Agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay attended CropSphere at Saskatoon, Sask., on Tuesday where he announced funding for four new science clusters.  The clusters will represent barley, wheat, diverse field crops, and soybean, and are funded under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). The federal government will invest $39.3 million and along with $28.4 million in contributions from… Read More

In agriculture, when it comes to lobbying, big issues such as safety nets, carbon tax, and grain transportation tend to capture and command a large portion of farm organizations’ budgets and resources. These issues tend to fall under federal and provincial jurisdiction, but when it comes to government’s impact on farming, many times it’s at the… Read More

Ontario Federation of Agriculture president Keith Currie is hoping 2019 will be a prosperous year for farmers in the province. Earlier this week, the Colingwood, Ont., farmer was acclaimed to his third term as leader of the farm lobby organization. A big part of Currie’s success over past year has been his leadership in drafting… Read More

Brand new this year, China will be hosting its International Import Expo (CIIE). Ministers and trade partners from all over the world will be at this event, which is partnered with the World Trade Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Organizers say the aim for the… Read More

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, will be in Manitoba November 1. His trip is part of the federal trade diversification strategy that connects “innovative, ambitious and hard-working Canadians” to more global markets. In downtown Winnipeg, the Taste of Trade event will take place in which Carr will meet with agricultural producers, food… Read More

Legislation to enable the Saskatchewan government’s climate strategy was introduced in the provincial legislature Tuesday. This will allow components of Prairie Resilience, the province’s climate strategy plan, to move forward. Bill 132, the Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, implements the regulatory framework required to establish performance standards to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions,… Read More

A group of self described ‘like-minded’ World Trade Organization (WTO) members met in Ottawa this week. The WTO reform was hosted by Jim Carr, minister of international trade diversification for Canada. Not included in this ‘like-minded’ group was Canada’s closest neighbour and largest trading partner, the U.S. China also not included. The meeting, which took… Read More

The Trudeau government announced its plan for a federal carbon tax policy on Tuesday. It’s a move many saw coming, but some are already criticizing for the lack of transparency from the start. To break it down, as part of the federal plan, those provinces who don’t have a plan up to the Liberal’s standards… Read More