New technology in agriculture, such as self-driving tractors, preci-sion water uses or blockchains, can make a farm more efficient and sustainable, but a strong cellphone signal, or internet, is needed to make it work. | File photo

Universal internet access helps make food more sustainable

Consumers wanting to reduce the carbon intensity of their food should advocate for better rural internet. Producers know 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 […] Read more

The United Kingdom will no longer be included in Canada’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union Jan. 1, and the two countries have been hoping to reach their own deal.  | Reuters/Peter Cziborra photo

Early U.K.-Canada trade deal prospects not looking good

As prospects of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union collapse, there is growing doubt that a post-Brexit pact involving Canada can be completed by the end of the year. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31 and nearing the end of an 11-month implementation period where essentially agreements remain […] Read more

According to the World Trade Organization, between October 2019 and May 2020 G20 economies implemented 154 new trade or related measures, finding 95 to be trade-facilitating and 59 as trade-restrictive. | Screencap via Twitter/@WTO

COVID uncertainty continues to haunt global markets

Many countries implemented protectionist policies when the pandemic began, although the situation has been improving

The impact of COVID-19’s second wave is continuing to cause uncertainty in global trade markets. According to the World Trade Organization, between October 2019 and May 2020 G20 economies implemented 154 new trade or related measures, finding 95 to be trade-facilitating and 59 as trade-restrictive. “In the early stages of the pandemic, several of the […] Read more


Three trade deals later and Canadian farmers are looking to the federal government for promised compensation.  |  Mike Raine photo

Dairy farmers want compensation action

Canada’s dairy farmers are calling on the federal government to make good on its promise to compensate producers after giving up market share of the supply-managed industry to more foreign competitors. The Liberal government has told Dairy Farmers of Canada compensation is coming as a result of three major trade deals: the Comprehensive Economic and […] Read more

The federal government promised that Protein Industries Canada would add more than $4.5 billion to the gross domestic product over 10 years and create more than 4,500 jobs over that same time span, but the Parliamentary Budget Officer says there is little sign that is happening.  |  File photo

Supercluster defends against critical report

The Parliamentary Budget Officer recently found flaws with the research projects, including Protein Industries Canada

Protein Industries Canada remains confident in its pace of funding projects to grow the sector, despite a recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer. The PBO reported that the governing Liberals 2017 Innovation Superclusters Initiative has been slow to select projects and spend money. In 2017, five superclusters were given a total of $918 million […] Read more


U.S. election winner won’t make it easy for Canadian farmers

No matter who wins the upcoming election in the United States, Canadian farmers can expect to continue facing tough competition from their heavily subsidized peers south of the border. Early in Donald Trump’s 2016 election bid, it became clear U.S. producers saw Trump as the favoured candidate for president. His nationalist rhetoric helped win farmers […] Read more

To counter the growing prevalence of nationalistic policies, Canada is leading supportive countries in a WTO reform effort  to halt the introduction of new non-tariff trade barriers, such as unfair phytosanitary conditions or discriminatory rules of origin. | File photo

COVID uncertainty remains in global markets

The impact of COVID-19’s second wave is continuing to cause uncertainty in global trade markets. According to the World Trade Organization, between October 2019 and May 2020, G20 economies implemented 154 new trade or related measures, finding 95 to be trade-facilitating and 59 as trade-restrictive. “In the early stages of the pandemic, several of the […] Read more

Talks between the U.K. and EU have so far gone poorly and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now preparing voters to enter 2021 without a trade agreement in place. A deal between the two is likely being prioritized over negotiations with Canada. | Getty Images

U.K.-Canada trade deal prospects look grim

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 […] Read more


Ag committee resumes review of business risk management

Members of Parliament sitting on the committee studying agricultural and agri-food issues will have no shortage of topics to explore in the coming weeks. After months of not sitting, there is plenty of work to be done. The first meeting of the current parliamentary session was held Oct. 8. The last time the committee held […] Read more

The PBO reported the governing Liberals 2017 Innovation Superclusters Initiative has been slow to select projects and spend money. In 2017, five superclusters were given a total of $918 million to spend over five years on collaborative research. One of the superclusters created was Protein Industries Canada. | Screencap via proteinindustriescanada.ca

Protein supercluster defends against critical report

Protein Industries Canada remains confident in its pace of funding projects to grow the sector, despite a recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer. The PBO reported the governing Liberals 2017 Innovation Superclusters Initiative has been slow to select projects and spend money. In 2017, five superclusters were given a total of $918 million to […] Read more