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U.S. causing ‘trying times’ for trade

The U.S. is among the nations leading an inward turn around the globe

A recent virtual summit focusing on managing agri- cultural trade in an increasingly chaotic world focused largely on recent actions taken by the United States. Hosted by the Farm Foundation and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), the conference brought together trade experts from various backgrounds to discuss issues of trade on July 8. Joe

“It’s Good, Canada” will share personal stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain.

Two national campaigns launched for food supply chains

Food industry aims to inform consumers as COVID raises interest in food

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is launching a new campaign to inform consumers on how the food system works. “It’s Good, Canada” will share personal stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain and provide information about farming, transportation, processing, retail and production on its website, itsgoodcanada.ca. “It’s natural for Canadians to have an interest and


GHG emissions in the Canadian agriculture sector peaked in 2005 while production has steadily increased.

Canadian farmers have made significant emissions reductions

But their contributions are little understood or recognized, a new report says

Canadian farmers receive too little credit for their progress in curbing carbon emissions that cause climate change, according to a new study. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) recently released the report, which took full aim at another recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. CAPI says it fails to mention “the Canadian

Canada needs to be a place that will sustainably produce more food — not less — while retaining consumer trust and confidence, says David McInnes.

Workshops conclude more credibility needed for Canada food brand

The nation needs to up its game to become a food safety leader

A lot remains to be done to give the Canada brand the global cachet needed to make Canadian food exports international bestsellers, a series of cross-country workshops has concluded. Organized by Canada 2020, the workshops will conclude in November with a session in the national capital that is intended to pull together the ideas that

“Demand is still very strong in that country for high quality canola, which we have lots of. I am very hopeful that once they are ready to start buying again we’ll be there to sell it to them.” – Rick White

Past China canola dispute resolved, this one will be too: Innes

Canada has resolved past disputes over canola exports to China and Canada’s canola industry expects the current one will be too

Canada can’t count on past rates of growth in canola exports to China once tensions between the two countries are resolved, according to a recently published paper. The paper, distributed by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), concludes China is on the road to more food self-sufficiency and food import diversity. However the canola industry


Record shows China prepared to use non-tariff trade barriers

A letter issued by China’s Ministry of Agriculture documents China’s plan to use non-tariff trade barriers to bolster domestic rapeseed production

China’s interest in using non-tariff trade barriers to bolster domestic domestic food production is on the public record, says a recently published paper on Canada-China canola trade, distributed by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said in a letter it would monitor canola imports “to protect the (domestic) rapeseed industry…”

“In the dictionary sustainable is a level line. That’s not where we want to be. We’ve got to be beyond sustainable.”


Beyond buzzwords: Ag Excellence panel weighs in on ag export targets

Strong trade agreements, addressing labour shortages, reliable infrastructure, sound ag education and public trust are all key ingredients

Graeme Finn recalls handing a visitor to his farm a handful of soil and asking their thoughts. The Alberta beef producer had World Wildlife Fund representatives there to hear how their Madden-area farm’s grazing practices were benefiting species at risk. “Well, it’s dirt,” Finn recalls them saying. “I said, ‘you’ve got more life forms in

4-H members get a first-hand look at Ryan Boyd’s swath grazing system Oct. 21, 2017, during the Manitoba 4-H Council Senior Members Event.

Can Canada have its cake and eat it too on exports?

There are challenges ahead if Canada wants to meet the Barton Report’s export targets without natural resources picking up the tab

If Canada wants to grow its agriculture exports sustainably in the coming years, it’s going to need more farmers like Forrest-area producer Ryan Boyd. In recent years he’s tested new intercrop mixes and cover crops, hosted field and pasture tours, showcased a solar watering system and shared his forays into swath and high density grazing.


One section in the Barton Report encourages farmers to adopt more sustainable farm practices by tying them to farm support programs.

BRMs important to achieve $75-billion export target

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute issued a paper on what it heard from the industry on the Barton Report

It’s going to be a balancing act between the protection of agriculture safety net programs and the need for innovation as farmers pitch in to meet the goal of growing Canada’s food and agriculture exports. The federal government flagged agriculture as a growth area in the 2017 budget, calling for exporters to grow to $75

Yes, we can

New report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute calls for ‘quality growth’ strategy as Canada eyes roughly doubling export share by 2027

A new report released by a Canadian think-tank urges the agricultural sector to set its sights on ‘quality growth’ as it aims to increase agri-exports over the next decade. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute’s report, Barton Forward: Optimizing Growth in the Canadian agri-food sector comes as the sector now eyes boosting agri-food exports to $75