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Canada has yet to sign the new three-way trade agreement between itself, United States and Mexico.

Lawmakers urged to pass CUSMA quickly

The bulk of concerns were raised by the dairy sector which is losing market share

An overwhelming majority of witnesses testifying to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee in Ottawa are supporting the quick ratification of the “new NAFTA” trade deal, but the dairy industry continues to voice its opposition. Parliamentarians in Ottawa represent the last of the three countries involved in the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) to ratify the deal, with the law

Lots of talk, few actions at ag ministers meeting

Action on AgriStability shortcomings could come by the end of the year

The annual meeting of Canadian agriculture ministers concluded with lots of talk — but no immediate changes along the lines recommended by a coalition of farm organizations. The ministers’ closing statement said they discussed trade disputes, support for dairy and poultry producers, labour shortages, fixing business risk management programs and preventing African Swine Fever from


As American farmers head into the 2019 growing season, a trade deal between the U.S. and China can’t come soon enough.

Comment: Spring needs to bring thaw in agricultural trade

U.S. farmers and ranchers need their markets back

For those of us who have slid, shovelled, and skated through the wildest up-and-down winter weather in years, here’s a warm thought: planting is well underway in parts of North America, with more to come soon. After that brief pleasantness, however, the outlook gets pretty cold pretty fast. Early February reports from the U.S. Department

Poultry producers say they’re bracing for a big hit from trade deals and they need clarity from government.

Poultry farmers say trade response for the birds

They want the federal government to take a bigger-picture view of helping them to adjust to market losses

Chicken, turkey and egg producers say a big hit is coming and the federal government needs to help them adapt. They’re facing increased imports allowed under a series of trade deals negotiated by the federal government and say a big-picture approach is needed. That was the message Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC), Turkey Farmers of

Editorial: Back to the future?

Trying to predict the future with any accuracy is a fool’s errand, but that doesn’t stop plenty from trying. One of the biggest fallacies people fall into is the ‘recency effect,’ when the events of the near past are assumed to be more important than earlier events. Informally, it’s become shorthand for the assumption that


Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told the Canadian Crops Convention March 6 in Montreal that while the world is the most protectionist since the 1930s there are still trade export opportunities for Canadian farmers.

Export opportunities in a protectionist world

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s strategy is to build alliances with like-minded countries that support rules-based free trade

This is probably the most protectionist time since the Great Depression of the 1930s. However, there are still opportunities for Canadian farmers to expand exports, says Canadian Foreigns Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. There are emerging markets in Africa and Asia where millions climbing out of poverty are willing to spend more on food, Freeland told

Export Development Canada expects the pork industry to win an additional $639 million over what is already a $1-billion-a-year Japanese market under the CPTPP trade deal.

Tallying up the CPTPP trade deal

Manitoba agriculture stands to benefit

Manitoba’s ag sector is getting ready for a new trade reality now that CPTPP has loosened trade bounds between Canada and Pacific Rim countries. The 11-nation trade deal, which was almost derailed in 2017 with the sudden withdrawal by the U.S., officially came into force Dec. 30, 2018, with Canada as one of the first

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media next to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during a roundtable discussion with farmers at the White House in Washington, U.S. April 25, 2017.

Comment: Sonny warned ’em — twice, in fact

Trump can’t claim he wasn’t forewarned about agriculture trade calamity

It’s Thanksgiving week recently here in the U.S., so let’s be generous: The White House trade policy, marked by its heavy use of import tariffs and presidential tweets, continues to confound economists and trading partners alike. A more accurate, less generous view of President Donald J. Trump’s trade policy would declare it an unhinged mess


Manitoba is experiencing growing interest in hog barn construction. 

Pork industry chalking up wins

While poor prices have grabbed the headlines the long-term trends are more positive

The Manitoba Pork Council is quietly celebrating a string of low-key wins during its fall producer meetings. From falling numbers of PED cases to a modest barn-building boom and new trade deals that will stabilize and expand markets, long-term trends look positive, the group says. Why it matters: The industry needs to stay focused on

Editorial: Volatility likely to linger

When you are as dependent on exports as Canadian farmers, the ability to weather volatile markets has to be part of the business plan. The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says Canada exports half of the beef and cattle produced, 70 per cent of its soybeans, 70 per cent of its pork production, 75 per cent