Canadian dairy farmers and processors say a federal innovation package announced last week is only one step toward helping the sector cope with the challenges of trade deals.
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Programs help dairy sector offset impact of CETA

Federal agriculture minister announced $350 million in programs to boost productivity and competitiveness

Canadian dairy farmers and processors say a federal innovation package announced last week is only one step toward helping the sector cope with the challenges of trade deals. The organizations representing the industry said $350 million is welcome, but it may take more than that to mitigate the effects of trade. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay […] Read more

Canadian meat plants use various treatments to remove bacteria that have yet to be approved.  |  File photo

More work needed on pork, beef access despite CETA deal

A free trade agreement with the European Union is far from being a done deal for Canadian beef and pork producers. Canadian food safety practices are yet to be approved and until that happens, there will be no exports under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Canadian meat plants use various treatments to […] Read more

Canada's agriculture and trade ministers today announced a $350 million investment in two programs designed to help the dairy industry through the implementation of the European trade agreement. | File photo

Ottawa to help dairy farmers adjust to CETA with $350 million

Canada’s agriculture and trade ministers today announced a $350 million investment in two programs designed to help the dairy industry through the implementation of the European trade agreement. Producers will be eligible for a share of $250 million, over five years, to help them update farm technology and equipment, such as robotic milkers, automated feeding […] Read more


EU, Canada sign free trade deal but battle not over

EU, Canada sign free trade deal but battle not over

BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The European Union and Canada signed a free trade agreement on Sunday that aims to generate jobs and growth though it must still clear some 40 national and regional parliaments in Europe in the coming years to enter fully into force. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the treaty along […] Read more

Belgium breaks deadlock over CETA

Belgium breaks deadlock over CETA

BRUSSELS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Belgium agreed to a deal with its regional parliaments on Thursday to approve a landmark EU-Canada free trade agreement, breaking a deadlock that has blocked the pact for weeks. Prime Minister Charles Michel said the heads of the regions had drawn up an addendum to the agreement that answered their […] Read more


All 28 EU governments support the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but Belgium cannot give assent without backing from its five sub-federal administrations, and French-speaking Wallonia has steadfastly opposed it. Canada's supply-managed dairy sector has been one of the contentious issues in CETA discussions. | File photo

Canada walks out of trade talks with ‘incapable’ EU

BRUSSELS, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Canada’s trade minister walked out of talks in Belgium on Friday, declaring that the European Union was incapable of sealing a planned transatlantic free trade deal designed to boost growth in both economies. All 28 EU governments support the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but Belgium cannot give assent […] Read more

Canadian producers wanting to export to the EU will be required to follow strict production standards, but differences in handling food safety  make it too costly.  |  File photo

Canadian beef exports to EU in limbo over E. coli dispute

A proposed CETA trade deal won’t benefit the cattle industry if requirements relating to food safety are not resolved

If differences of opinion over food safety practices are not resolved, the big promises of a new European market for Canadian beef may be a pipe dream. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is close to being signed but issues over carcass washes to remove bacteria like E. coli are points of contention behind the […] Read more

In the long run, it's hard to say what will happen, but free trade with Europe now seems much less likely than it did two days ago, says Sylvain Charlebois, the dean of management and an expert in food processing economics at Dalhousie University. | File graphic

Brexit casts cloud over Canada-EU trade deal

In the short term, the Brexit means Canada-U.K. and Canada-EU trade could be disrupted by currency volatility. In the long run, it’s hard to say what will happen, but free trade with Europe now seems much less likely than it did two days ago. Those are some of the quick conclusions of Sylvain Charlebois, the […] Read more


Bison seen as biggest benefactor

Canadian producers came to understand the folly of overdependence on one market when BSE was discovered in Canada in 2003 and the United States closed its borders to cattle and beef. That message was further solidified when the U.S. imposed country-of-origin labelling, which again reduced marketing opportunities across the border. The portions of COOL that […] Read more