Within the last month, three grain companies have announced plans to add nearly five million tonnes of canola crush capacity in Western Canada. Richardson first announced a doubling of production to 2.2 million tonnes per year at its Yorkton, Sask. site, then Cargill announced plans to build a new 1 million tonne plant at Regina,… Read More

After a 30 month negotiation period between the longshoremen and their employer, as of April 13, there is a partial strike at the Port of Montreal. Greg Northey, vice president of corporate affairs with Pulse Canada, says the negotiations really picked up last summer when there was a total of 15 strikes, with one that… Read More

The Trade and Climate Change conference was held virtually on April 7 to 9, 2021, and was a joint effort of U.S.-based Farm Foundation and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). The objective of the conference was to explore topics in the context of global trade, where climate change policies have become “increasingly ambitious and… Read More

The latest round of compensation payouts to dairy farmers for lost market share through international trade deals will be complete by the end of the month. This second round of the Dairy Direct Payment Program brings the total number of dairy farmers registered for compensation to 9,682. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced… Read More

When we talk about trade, often times we talk about market access, tariff rate quotes, and other technical aspects. Climate change and carbon programing isn’t necessarily something that always comes to mind. Ted Bilyea of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), says there are currently big unknowns surrounding trade and climate change; particularly, how we… Read More

Much of the oxygen surrounding agriculture in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been used on dairy, but expect wheat to gain increased attention in the coming weeks if some U.S. farm groups get their way. Newly reappointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has mentioned USMCA enforcement and wheat several times in recent speeches, and… Read More

China has a large agricultural base, but despite this, their self-sufficiency is hindered by rapid urbanization and the sheer volume of people to feed. Even though it relies on other countries for commodities, China is a challenging country to do trade with. Canada’s not the only country that has had problematic negotiations with China —… Read More

If Canada celebrated Auto Industry Day, the Prime Minister and national leaders would boast of our modern technology, our ingenuity and automation, our global competitiveness and production figures, regardless of where we rank in the world order. But on Canada’s Agriculture Day, politicians celebrated small, quaint, pastoral perceptions of agriculture, as opposed to owning the… Read More

David MacNaughton, who served as Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S from 2016 to 2019, says that while the Canada-U.S. leadership relationship is much improved under President Joe Biden, Canada still needs to proceed with caution. Yes, President Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have kicked off their relationship with friendly words of warmth and a… Read More

It appears the Biden and Trudeau governments are seeing many issues through a similar lense so far, especially when it comes to fighting climate change, enabling diversity, and a belief in science. Tuesday morning, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Marie-Claude Bibeau and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack met virtually, to discuss the importance of the… Read More

The Western Canadian grain trade, with the support of the Prairie provinces, is launching a campaign to push for changes to “outdated and problematic” federal rules around the oversight of Canada’s ports, mainly driven by cost increases at the Port of Vancouver over the last few years. The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) says its… Read More

 

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