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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

Comment: Election winds blowing big change in U.S.

In the recent U.S. election, one of the most prominent Dem losers was longtime ag committee chairman Collin Peterson. The race to be the new chair is already underway. The three front-runners — Georgian David Scott, Californian Jim Costa, and Ohioan Marcia Fudge — each represent a different direction. Scott and Fudge are stronger advocates


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.”

A street scene in Shanghai. 
China’s vast population makes 
food security an issue for it and 
an opportunity for Canada.

Canada and China have reasons to re-engage on agricultural trade

China needs reliable food sources and Canada needs reliable agriculture markets, new report argues

It might not seem like it, but Canada and China need each other, which could be an opening to re-engage with Canada’s second-largest agricultural export customer, says a new report from the Canada West Foundation (CWF). In many ways it’s an obvious match. Canada consistently produces a lot more food than it consumes so it

Can China be trusted on trade?

China is an important export customer for Canadian agricultural products, but can it be trusted? After the arbitrary arrest in December 2018 of two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, many Canadians would answer no. China using non-tariff trade barriers to cut back on Canadian canola seed, soybean and pork imports in 2019-20, added to


File photo of U.S. President Donald Trump taking questions from reporters in March 2019. The U.S. election held on Nov. 3, 2020, has not given the 45th president a second term in office.

Editor’s Take: Electoral train wrecks

I was texting with a retired farmer acquaintance this week about the U.S. election while he was deer hunting in the sandhills of western Saskatchewan. Like a lot of Canadians, he wanted to follow the unfolding events, even though he wasn’t in a reliable cellphone service area. So I’d agreed to keep him filled in

U.S. House agriculture leader loses election

Midwest farm sector unsettled by prospect it could lose its place at the table

Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peter­son, House Agriculture Committee chair, failed to win re-election in Minnesota on Nov. 3, a loss some agriculture leaders said could hurt the U.S. Midwest’s Grain Belt. Though Democrats retained control of the House and therefore will again chair the committee, Peterson’s exit could shift U.S. spending away from a region

The Fearless Girl statue is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on election day in Manhattan, New York City.

Investors focus on undecided U.S. Senate

As Biden edged in on presidency attention turned to stimulus, taxes, regulation

Reuters – As Democratic nominee Joe Biden edged closer to claiming the presidency, investors were focused on the still-undecided race for control of the Senate and the potential consequences for taxes, regulation and the outlook for more stimulus on Nov. 6. The benchmark S&P 500 had jumped nearly four per cent since election day, driven in part by expectations that divided control


“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