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Mini-shuffle includes new federal agriculture minister

Vancouver MP Jody Wilson-Raybould’s exit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet has led to a mini-shuffle and a new federal minister for agriculture and agri-food. Marie-Claude Bibeau, MP for the Quebec riding of Compton-Stanstead since 2015, replaced Lawrence MacAulay as agriculture minister on Friday, becoming the first woman to handle the ag portfolio. MacAulay, the

A recent poll found that only half of Canadians could recognize Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, and scarcely a quarter of them felt he was doing a good job.

Lawrence who?

Poll finds Canada's agri-food minister has 
low recognition among voters

An Angus Reid public opinion poll about the performance of the Trudeau cabinet shows only half of Canadians could recognize Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and not quite a quarter of those who could, think he’s doing a good job. He’s included in a group Angus Reid called the ‘middle ministers,’ many of whom are relatively


Last week in Rome a Canadian delegation led by Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay met with officials from ANACER (Associazione Nazionale Cerealisti), Italy’s grain trade association, to address Italy’s unfair barriers to Canadian durum wheat imports. Cereals Canada president Cam Dahl (l to r), MacAulay, Fabrizio Ricci, ANACER, Andrea Galli, ANACER and Canada’s Ambassador to Italy, Alexandra Bugailiskis.

Canada pushes for end to durum dispute

Agriculture Minister MacAulay pushes Italy to end barriers to Canadian durum imports

Regaining Canada’s traditional durum wheat export market to Italy requires a two-pronged approach — diplomacy and legal action through the World Trade Organization (WTO), says Cereals Canada president Cam Dahl. But Canada’s Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wouldn’t commit to the latter, when speaking to reporters from Rome Oct. 11, after the high-level Canadian delegation he

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says U.S. wheat will be treated exactly like Canadian wheat which means unregistered varieties will automatically receive the lowest grade.

MacAulay clarifies USMCA, wheat grading, dairy compensation

The minister also briefed reporters on his EU trade mission last week

American wheat entering a Canadian elevator will be graded like Canadian wheat under terms of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), says Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay. That means to be eligible for a Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) grade, wheat, whether grown in the U.S. or Canada, must be from a variety registered in Canada.

Made-in-Canada sustainability approach gains support

The ALL initiative is endorsed at the G20 ag ministers' meeting for putting research into fields

The world needs more Canada — at least when it comes to a sustainable agriculture initiative that’s garnered global attention. The Canadian-led initiative called Agroecosystems Living Labs (ALL) shows how to raise food sustainably in the face of climate change. It has been endorsed at the annual meeting of G20 agriculture ministers. ALL brings scientists,


Federal government to invest $8.3-million in organics

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay today announced a federal investment of up to $8.3 million to the Organic Federation of Canada, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters. The research investment, which includes an additional $4.4 million in contributions from industry, will help the organic sector enhance productivity through better soil health and

AAFC funds Crop Agronomy Cluster

The cluster consists of eight research activities ranging from soil health to herbicide resistance and climate change adaptation

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay recently announced $6.3 million for the Western Grains Research Foundation for a five-year ‘Integrated Crop Agronomy Cluster.’ The WGRF said the cluster has been established because Canadian farmers face agronomic challenges that cut across multiple crops, and there are gaps in multi-crop and systems approaches to agronomic research. The

MacAulay chided for asserting farmers support carbon tax

Farm groups say they’re concerned about climate change and other environmental issues, but that doesn’t mean they support this policy

Despite widespread criticisms of the federal carbon tax from farm groups, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has told both senators and MPs that farmers back it. “Farmers fully support it,” MacAulay told the Senate. “I can assure you the farmers are fully on our side and have always helped in this area.” The minister’s answer blended


The federal and provincial agriculture ministers, Ralph Eichler (l) and Lawrence MacAuley, signed a new five-year bilateral agriculture agreement last week in Winnipeg.

Province signs five-year agreement worth $176 million

The cost-shared initiative will be consolidated into one program and called Ag Action Manitoba

Funding will begin to flow right away from the new bilateral five-year $176-million agreement signed between Manitoba and the federal government last week, Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says. This is the Canadian Agri­cultural Partnership (CAP), part of an overall $3-billion federal program supporting cost-shared initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories, to be consolidated

Lawrence MacAulay, the federal agriculture minister, recently spoke to U.S. farm groups in support of NAFTA.

MacAulay takes case for NAFTA to U.S. farmers

He’s the first Canadian minister to speak to the nearly 
100-year-old organization

Lawrence MacAulay’s speech in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was well received by an estimated 5,000 people attending the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee Jan. 7. The bureau, the United States’ largest farm organization, also supports NAFTA. “My message to you this morning is the Government of