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No BRM breakthrough reached at ministers’ meeting

AgMins fail to find solution to business risk management program woes

No consensus on changes to business risk managements (BRM) programming was reached during the latest round of federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meetings. After the meetings ended Friday, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau explained Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the programs at a 60-40 split between her government and the provinces. Bibeau’s

A recent survey of consumers noted high praise for Canada’s food system in response to COVID-19.

COVID confidence a silver lining

The pandemic has spurred all-time high confidence in Canadian food system

A new report says Canadians have more confidence than ever before in the food system, but concern remains over rising costs. In its 2020 Public Trust Research Report, “Trends in Trust & The Path Forward,” the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI), 47 per cent of those surveyed report being confident in the overall direction


Agriculture committee finalizing BRM recommendations

Report will be sent to the federal agriculture minister for consideration

Members of the federal committee on agriculture are finalizing recommendations for business risk management programs ahead of federal-provincial-territorial meetings to discuss the matter. Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Agriculture Critic Lianne Rood says a report will be sent to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau ahead of meetings with provincial ministers, scheduled to take

President-elect Biden expected to be ‘very U.S. minded’

China, WTO and CPTPP are all international issues that could benefit

President-elect Joe Biden is not expected to drastically change American trade policy, but his approach to other nations, particularly China, will likely differ. “The spirit of American trade policy is actually quite consistent between the Democrats and the Republicans,” said Canola Council of Canada’s Brian Innes. “That spirit is being aggressive with the world to get terms that help America.”

“Agriculture has to be in the centre of the relaunch of our economy... “ – Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Agriculture seen as engine of recovery for Canada

Bibeau touts more exports, regional supply chains and processing

Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadian agriculture will be the “powerhouse of the economy” as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to specific opportunities for the industry to grow. During a virtual “fireside chat” at the International Economic Forum of the America’s Toronto event on Oct. 27, Bibeau expressed optimism over export


New tech in agriculture can make a farm more efficient and sustainable, but strong connectivity to the internet is essential to make it work.

Opinion: Universal internet helps make food more sustainable

Urban consumers could become great advocates for rural internet

Consumers wanting to reduce the carbon intensity of their food should advocate for better rural internet. Most agricultural towns have broadband, but in the country cell service fades. Telematics produced by farm equipment has to be stored, getting pushed to the cloud at the farmyards while IoT devices use networks, like LoRaWAn. Network-controlled automation is

“COVID-19 has put us on a digital fast track, farmers are going online. They are rapidly innovating, creating ways of selling their products to keep themselves afloat.” – Alison Sunstrum, CNSRV-X.

More technology needed for post-COVID agriculture

A silver lining of the pandemic is that it has jump-started agriculture’s digital evolution, observers say

Experts speaking at the virtual Toronto Global Forum say a meaningful economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic should emphasize the need for technology in the agricultural sector. Alison Sunstrum, founder and CEO of CNSRV-X, said she hopes there is a digital response to the pandemic. “COVID-19 has put us on a digital fast track, farmers

AgriStability in Bibeau’s sights as ministers’ meeting booked

Removing reference margin limit a palatable option

Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture are scheduled to meet Nov. 20 and 27 to discuss improving business risk management (BRM) programs. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie Claude Bibeau said she is confident counterparts from Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia will be willing to contribute their share to make significant improvements to AgriStability, the


Feds back pork producers with new levy on imports

New national pork agency to be up and running next summer

A new agency will use funds from a new levy on imported pork to pay for research and promotion for the Canadian pork sector. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie Claude Bibeau on Thursday officially announced the creation of the Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency (PRA). The Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC) and Agriculture and

A post-Brexit deal in Britain with the European Union is being prioritized before any deal is likely to be reached with Canada.

Grim prospects of U.K.-Canada trade deal by end of year

The U.K. is preoccupied with ensuring there’s not a hard Brexit from the EU

As prospects of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union collapse, there is growing doubt in a post-Brexit pact involving Canada being completed by the end of the year. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31 and is nearing the end of an 11-month implementation period where essentially agreements remain status quo while the U.K. negotiates a more permanent