Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in Calgary on Wednesday to announce up to $6.4 million over three years to promote Canadian beef. The funding will support Canada Beef’s three-year market development and promotion plan, which targets regional hubs in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. “Canadian farmers and ranchers take pride in producing… Read More

Just ten days after Mexico announced it will drop its remaining import restrictions on Canadian beef, Taiwan has lifted its temporary ban on Canadian beef, effective July 8. The ban was issued following the February 2015 case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Alberta. “The Government of Canada welcomes the news of another restored market,” said Minister… Read More

The federal agriculture minister has launched online consultations on what Growing Forward 3 — or whatever name the Liberals give the next agricultural policy framework — should look like. Growing Forward 2, which encompasses most federal and provincial programs for agricultural research, market development and business risk management, expires on April 1st, 2018. Lawrence MacAulay, on… Read More

Dairy Farmers of Canada is welcoming the federal government’s commitment to providing a compensation package to mitigate the impact of the Canada-EU trade deal. There have been questions about the Liberals’ plans for trade deal compensation after the Conservatives pledged a $4.3 billion program for the supply-managed dairy and poultry sectors prior to their defeat… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay visited the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s annual meeting in Ottawa yesterday to announce $4 million in federal funds for three beef projects. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the three initiatives include: $2,601,500 million from the AgriMarketing Assurance Stream toward the development of tools to enable end-users (packers, retail food service), consumers… Read More

There’s a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with President Obama running tight on time and the frontrunners in the race to replace him — Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Cruz — voicing their opposition to the proposed trade deal. Both the U.S. and Japan, due to the size of their economies, must be part… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in Calgary on Wednesday to announce almost $2.6 million for developing markets for Canadian beef cattle genetics. The Canadian Beef Breeds Council will use the funding to “implement a market development strategy, attend international trade shows and lead missions to raise awareness of Canadian beef genetics,” focusing on key… Read More

The Western Grains Research Foundation has announced it will be investing $21.4 million in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s wheat and barley breeding programs over the next five years — the largest-ever industry investment in AAFC research. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Keith Degenhardt, vice-chair of WGRF, made the announcement in Saskatoon on Monday morning…. Read More

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced Thursday it will spend $1.75 million on research to enhance the energy of forage crops and study the impact dairy products like cheese have on human cardio-vascular health. The investment is part of the Canadian government’s Dairy Research Cluster, which was launched in 2013. As part of the Growing… Read More

A little over a week after the announcement of over $7 million for 40 crop-related research projects in Saskatchewan, the provincial government, along with the Government of Canada, gave another announcement — livestock and forage research projects will receive a $7.8 million funding contribution. “The livestock industry plays an important role in driving jobs and growth in… Read More