The executive director at Soy Canada says exporters are reporting that China is holding shipments of soybeans on arrival while the country conducts tests for “some normal plant pathogens.” “We haven’t heard of this happening before, so it seems to be new,” Ron Davidson says. The delay has not yet been confirmed to RealAgriculture by… Read More

Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-food minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau says she met with China’s Agriculture Minister Han Changfu while at the G20 agricultural ministers’ meeting held at Niigata, Japan, last week. When speaking to Minister Han, she expressed Canada is “increasingly troubled” by the lack of evidence provided to Canada regarding the pests of concern in relation… Read More

Agriculture ministers from the countries who make up the G20 traveled to Niigata, Japan, this week, including Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. The purpose of the meeting for Canada’s ag minister is to build stronger relationships with trading partners, to help grow the nation’s economy, and to create good, well-paying jobs for Canadian… Read More

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced 4-H Canada will receive up to $3 million over three years for the development and delivery of innovative programs and initiatives across Canada. The funding comes from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) AgriCompetitiveness program. Minister Bibeau made the announcement to a group of 70 4-H youth… Read More

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has confirmed with RealAgriculture, two Canadian pork exporters have had their permits suspended. The news broke late Wednesday and so far the Agriculture Minister isn’t aware of any other permit agriculture related suspensions at this time other than two canola exporters. The minister says the reason for the suspensions… Read More

The federal government has increased the Advanced Payment Program cap from $400,000 to $1,000,0000 for all producers  in an effort to help farmers in the face of current trade issues with China. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced several changes to the Advanced Payments Program at a press conference Wednesday morning. “Canada’s farmers… Read More

The Saskatchewan government is calling on the federal government to stick to their word when it comes to the Advanced Payment Program (APP) for farmers. On Tuesday, Premier Scott Moe wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining a letter he sent last month and the need for changes to the APP, especially during… Read More

Federal minister of  Agriculture and Agri-food Marie-Claude Bibeau was on hand at St. Breslau, Ont., to announce a repayable interest-free loan of $10 million for Ontario pork processor Conestoga Meats. “Conestoga Meats and its farmer-owners are very appreciative of the interest-free loan that the Government of Canada is making to our business,” says Arnold Drung,… Read More

While attending the Council of Dairy Farmers of Quebec’s annual general meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the federal government is providing $376,668 to the Cheese Expertise Centre (CEC). This money will go into two projects to keep Canadian cheese makers “competitive and innovative,” according to Bibeau. “With the assistance provided by… Read More

In her first trip to Saskatchewan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau spent the day in Saskatoon discussing the issue of China blocking Canadian canola shipments with producers and industry stakeholders. Trade Diversification Minister, Jim Carr was also present during the two part meeting held late last week. Bibeau says they’re “ready to go” when… Read More

Effective immediately, China’s General Administration of Customs has banned Viterra’s shipments of canola to the Asian country. This announcement by China comes just days after the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) stated, “Chinese importers refuse to purchase any canola seed from Canada at this time.” A spokesperson at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada stated to RealAgriculture… Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last visited Winnipeg, Man., about a month ago for a funding announcement. According to his updated itinerary, he’ll be returning to the River City this week alongside Minister of International Trade Diversification, Jim Carr to meet with  CEO and president of Richardson International, Curt Vossen. The meeting comes five days after… Read More