The federal government has formally kicked off consultations on Canada’s next agricultural policy framework. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Agri-Food Neil Ellis, launched the federal process in a virtual event on Thursday. The framework has traditionally been a five-year federal-provincial-territorial agreement that encompasses most government programs and spending in agriculture,… Read More

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) announced a co-investment into pea, canola, and blended pea-canola protein ingredients in new plant-based products. Merit Functional Foods, TWC Nutrition, Daiya Foods, and Grand River Foods are partnering to product the new plant-based products, which could include alternative meat products, alternative dairy products, or other beverages. “Adding value to our crops… Read More

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Marie-Claude Bibeau announced May 19 that over $244,000 will go towards supporting the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI). The organization will continue its work to build public trust in the Canadian food system, and the announcement by Minister Bibeau comes after a meeting with several members. “COVID-19… Read More

Thanks for tuning into RealAg Radio on this Friday. On today’s show, you’ll hear: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Marie-Claude Bibeau, on the federal budget with opportunities and consequences for ag; A RealAg Issues Panel featuring Kelvin Heppner, Andrew Campbell, and Shaun Haney. The trio talk about Minister Bibeau’s interview, the strike at… Read More

The Canadian farming, food, and agriculture export sector generates millions of jobs and billions of dollars in value for the Canadian economy. For such an important industry, some are criticizing the Liberal government for not including enough for the sector in the 2021 budget. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), says there… Read More

The latest round of compensation payouts to dairy farmers for lost market share through international trade deals will be complete by the end of the month. This second round of the Dairy Direct Payment Program brings the total number of dairy farmers registered for compensation to 9,682. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced… Read More

This virtual on-location edition of RealAg Radio is brought to you by Farmer’s Business Network. On today’s show you’ll hear: The top ag news stories of the day with host Shaun Haney; Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), with a discussion on last week’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) meeting; Warren Kaeding, Saskachewan’s Minister of… Read More

After what feels like a never-ending game of extra innings baseball, the standoff between the Prairie provinces and the federal government over changes to AgriStability needs to end. All stakeholders are exhausted from the timeline-stretching, blown deadlines, fake outrage, and pure avoidance to find a solution to a rather simple issue. At different times it… Read More

Much of the oxygen surrounding agriculture in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been used on dairy, but expect wheat to gain increased attention in the coming weeks if some U.S. farm groups get their way. Newly reappointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has mentioned USMCA enforcement and wheat several times in recent speeches, and… Read More

Five projects focused on improving agriculture plastic waste management and bioplastics research will see a share of $4.5 million in funding via the federal government. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the funding today alongside Cleanfarms, a national non-profit industry stewardship organization. Cleanfarms will receive up to $1.1 million through the Canadian Agricultural Strategic… Read More

The federal minister of agriculture says it’s been over 100 days since proposed funding and changes to AgriStability were announced, but she has not received a clear indication from any of the three Prairie Provinces on whether or not they will sign on. In a press conference Wednesday morning, Agriculture and Agri-Food minister Marie-Claude Bibeau… Read More

The federal government has clarified how temporary foreign workers (TWFs) will reach farms this spring, in the face of requirements to stay in Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA). So long as temporary foreign workers travel privately to their farms and can safely complete their mandatory 14 day quarantine on-farm, they will not need to complete the three-day… Read More