Grain companies have laid out their priorities for the current review of the Canada Grain Act, with consultations underway until April 30. There have been multiple attempts to update the Act going back to the early 2000s, but they’ve all been derailed before reaching the point where the legislation was changed. As Wade Sobkowich, executive… Read More

The theories range from “evil” American milk making its way into Canada, to mistreatment of cows or mysterious supplements fed to cows, to enzyme activity; but any sort of factual explanation for why some Canadians are saying butter has either changed consistency at room temperature or changed in flavour since August 2020 remains a mystery…. Read More

One year in to navigating a global pandemic, it’s clear that the economic health of consumers is ailing, but it’s difficult to measure by how much; and until COVID-19 passes, any economic recovery in Canada is strained. “It’s interesting, when we think back to a year ago, just before the pandemic really began to bear… Read More

Dairy farmers can check the mailbox soon for directions on how to access the next payment under the Dairy Direct Payment Program. The federal government announced last week that dairy farmers will receive cash payments on the basis of milk quota. The total payouts will equal $468 million in 2020-21, $469 million in 2021-22, and $468 million in 2022-23. In order… Read More

Now that inauguration day has come and gone in the U.S., many Canadians are wondering what impacts the Biden administration will have on Canada. Top of mind for the agricultural sector: what will trade relations look like? Narrowing it down even more, what will Biden’s approach be to the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA)? Tyne Morgan, host… Read More

The federal government has announced $162.6 million in additional funding for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) over the next five years, and $40 million per year in added funding for the agency on an ongoing basis after that. The funding boost, announced by Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Health Minister Patty Hajdu on Friday, follows… Read More

What can farmers and ranchers expect from President Joe Biden’s administration? Tyne Morgan, host and executive producer of the U.S. Farm Report, joins Shaun Haney for a fast-paced, 30 minute conversation covering what to expect from Biden’s first 100 days in office, if ad hoc payments will continue, and commentary on Biden’s choices for leadership… Read More

Saskatchewan’s crop commissions are going to be pushing for mandatory grain export reporting, as well as continuing their effort to have farmers rewarded for sequestering carbon, following their 2021 annual general meetings this week. SaskCanola, Sask Wheat, SaskBarley, SaskFlax, SaskOats, and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers hosted their annual meetings in a virtual version of the annual… Read More

Mexico’s president has published a decree beginning the phase out of the use of glyphosate and genetically modified corn in the country. Biosafety authorities of the country will “revoke and refrain from granting permits” for genetically modified corn, including imports. The decree from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador published on December 31, 2020 cites protection… Read More

Speak up and speak positively about not just agriculture, but also about the potential for careers in agriculture, and we’ll see more people take an interest, says young farmer and agriculture advocate Emmett Sawyer, of Acme, Alta. In this LIVE! Q&A host Kara Oosterhuis and Sawyer unpack some of what is happening (slight pandemic interruptions… Read More

What is old is new again, as former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is headed back to the post he held for eight years under the Obama administration. The Biden-Harris transition team formally announced the former ag secretary and Iowa governor’s nomination to the agriculture position in cabinet on Thursday. Former Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry… Read More

Dairy has become the first issue under the new NAFTA to be challenged with potential enforcement action. As expected, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday announced it is seeking consultations with Canada regarding the allocation of the dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for market access negotiated in the USMCA. “Canada’s measures violate its commitments… Read More

The U.S. government is preparing to challenge how Canada has implemented its dairy market access under the new North American trade agreement, which took effect on July 1, 2020. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer could announce the enforcement action as early as Wednesday, December 9, according to a U.S. industry source familiar with the matter…. Read More

 

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