Tag: Lawrence MacAulay

Perdue targets new Canadian dairy class during meeting at the MacAulay farm in PEI

Sonny and Mary Perdue from Savannah, Georgia, visited their Canadian friends Lawrence and Frances MacAulay at their farm in Midgell, Prince Edward Island, on Friday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s visit with Agriculture Minister MacAulay in PEI was, as expected, a friendly affair, especially in the context of the recent narrative between President Trump and Prime… Read more »

MacAulay tells Senate most farmers support federal carbon tax moves

Whether he meant to say it or not, the federal agriculture minister is drawing criticism for a comment he made to the Senate on Tuesday regarding how farmers view the federal carbon tax. Responding to a question from Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen about the impact of the carbon tax on farmers in New Brunswick, Lawrence… Read more »

Saskatchewan and Alberta announce funding leading up to CAP launch on April 1

The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments have announced funding for provincial programs under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). The five-year federal-provincial-territorial agriculture framework is set to begin this weekend (April 1), as Growing Forward 2 comes to an end. Alberta Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in Calgary on Monday, where he announced $406 million… Read more »

Ag Minister MacAulay announces $25 million “clean technology” program

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay visited a dairy farm near St-Eugene, Ontario on Monday morning to announce $25 million for the “Agricultural Clean Technology Program.” “This investment will help Canadian farmers stay on the cutting edge of clean technology by targeting developments in bioproducts and precision agriculture,” said the minister. “Our government has made both… Read more »

Ministers send letter to railways requesting plan to address backlog

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with quotes from CN Rail’s interim CEO. The federal transport and agriculture ministers sent a letter to the chief executives for Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) on Tuesday expressing concern over problems with rail service. “We are writing regarding our concerns with respect to… Read more »

MacAulay launches six federal programs under new Canadian Agriculture Partnership

With the five-year Growing Forward 2 agriculture framework wrapping up next month, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay launched six federal programs under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) at the Canada’s Agriculture Day celebration in Ottawa on Tuesday. CAP is the acronym for the new $3 billion, five-year federal-provincial-territorial agriculture funding agreement that begins on… Read more »

MacAulay non-committal on dairy program to offset CPTPP concessions

The federal Liberals remain non-committal on whether they will offer compensation to the supply-managed dairy and poultry sectors for market access that will be conceded if the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is ratified. The CPTPP terms agreed to last month would open up an additional 3.25 percent of Canada’s domestic dairy… Read more »

MacAulay announces funding at SaskPulse meeting

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay attended a Saskatchewan Pulse Growers’ regional meeting in Regina on Monday and announced around $575 thousand in funding for pulse crop market development projects. The minister’s visit comes amid market uncertainty for the Canadian pulse industry with India — Canada’s largest export customer — having imposed 30 and 50 percent… Read more »

Federal funds allocated to update Canadian organic standards

The Canadian organic production industry received confirmation today that the federal government will provide financial support for updating organic standards. Today in Guelph federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay annouced the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) the “necessary funds to cover costs associated with the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards… Read more »

NAFTA renegotiation still up in the air after key players address American Farm Bureau meeting

After an event that featured congressmen, senators, the U.S. agriculture secretary, Canada’s minister of agriculture, and even the president of the United States, NAFTA renegotiation and the future of agricultural trade between Canada and the U.S. is still in limbo. On Sunday, Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay addressed the large crowd at the American Farm… Read more »

MacAulay announces six programs receiving $1 billion in funding under Canadian Ag Partnership

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced six programs that will receive a total of $1 billion in federal funding under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) at Agribition in Regina on Friday. The six programs to be offered under the new agricultural policy framework slated to begin on April 1, 2018 are named: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness,… Read more »

India imposing 50 percent duty on peas and 20 percent duty on wheat

In a move to support domestic prices after a bumper crop, India’s government has announced a 50 percent import duty on peas, while also raising its tariff on wheat from 10 to 20 percent. The country’s Central Board of Excise and Customs issued an order on Wednesday seeking to “increase rate of basic customs duty… Read more »

U.S. dairy request a ‘non-starter,’ says ag minister

American requests for changes to Canada’s supply management system for dairy and poultry are a “non-starter,” said Canada’s agriculture minister on Monday. U.S. negotiators introduced an initial dairy proposal on Friday, which calls for increased transparency and changes to Canada’s milk class system, including the elimination of the new class 7 that has taken away… Read more »

MacAulay downplays impact of proposed tax changes

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay continues to downplay the potential impact of the Liberals’ proposed tax changes, despite widespread concerns voiced by many farmers, small business owners and their accountants. The minister took 10 minutes to sit down with RealAgriculture in his office in the Confederation Building on Parliament Hill this week to discuss the tax… Read more »

Ag minister avoids saying much on tax changes

With farmers, farm organizations, and accounting firms that work in agriculture voicing serious concerns about the federal government’s proposed tax changes, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay broke his media silence on the subject on Friday afternoon. For all of 50 seconds. The Full Story: Facing the politically dangerous choice of siding with the farm community or… Read more »