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

The news The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) has received $6.2 million in  funding from the federal government, announced by new Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau. Cigi is based at Winnipeg, Man. The funding is earmarked to expand the market for Canadian wheat through technical support, market research, employee exchanges, and customized training for customers… Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had to make some changes to cabinet, following the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould (and subsequent testimony regarding the SNC-Lavalin controversy) from the Veterans Affairs post. Now former Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay has been moved to Veteran Affairs, while Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie was shuffled… Read More