A threatened U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement puts Washington state’s booming food and agriculture sector at risk.  |  File photo

Washington’s dairy farmers need NAFTA

The Washington state dairy industry contributes nearly US$4 billion a year to the state’s economy and provides more than 18,800 jobs. In fact, dairy is part of a booming food and agriculture sector that creates more than 736,700 jobs and provides a $69 billion economic stimulus to the state. But a U.S. withdrawal from the […] Read more

In an op-ed published this morning, the Association of American Railroads argued that abandoning NAFTA would be a mistake and that Canada, Mexico and the United States should be looking for ways to improve the trade deal. | Screencap via www.aar.org

American railways support NAFTA

Another U.S. industry is standing up for the North American Free Trade Agreement – America’s railways. In an op-ed published this morning, the Association of American Railroads argued that abandoning NAFTA would be a mistake and that Canada, Mexico and the United States should be looking for ways to improve the trade deal. “The conversation […] Read more

On Nov. 14, a group of 168 commodity groups, farm associations and Fortune 500 companies such as CHS, Cargill and John Deere sent letters to governors of every U.S. state. The letter urged the governors to lobby U.S. President Donald Trump and remind him of the importance of NAFTA. | File photo

U.S. agri-food starts pro-NAFTA letter campaign

Dozens of American food companies and an even larger number of agricultural associations made their voices heard this week: they want the U.S. to remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement. On Nov. 14, a group of 168 commodity groups, farm associations and Fortune 500 companies such as CHS, Cargill and John Deere sent […] Read more


Canadian agri-food processors who sell to the United States would be forced to find other options if the North American Free Trade Agreement was ended.  |  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook photo

If NAFTA ends, is Canada’s food sector prepared?

Bombardier responded to American trade action by marrying a foreign competitor and deciding to move some production to the U.S. Canadian dairy processors have responded to supply management’s restrictions by buying companies and expanding into the U.S. How would Canadian-based food companies respond to the cancellation of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Some economists […] Read more

No fall-back deal in effect if NAFTA axed

With North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations faltering, it’s possible that the U.S. could walk away from the talks and kill the deal. Should that happen, a few observers have said the original U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement would take effect. That would lead to negotiations between Canada and the United States to up-date that deal. […] Read more


The most recent talks included a U.S. demand that Canada dismantle its supply management system for dairy, eggs and poultry within 10 years. | File photo

Latest NAFTA talks wrap, U.S. demands Canada end supply management

The fourth round of NAFTA negotiations wrapped up earlier this week with one certainty: there will be more talks. Despite an earlier U.S.-imposed deadline of the end of this year to reach a deal, trade representative Robert Lighthizer announced the country would participate in negotiations at least until the end of next March. The fifth […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the south lawn of the White House before their meeting about the NAFTA trade agreement renegotiation in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11.  |  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst photo

Federal government defends supply management at NAFTA

Canada will continue to defend its supply management system for dairy in the face of American demands for greater transparency and access in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. Agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay said Oct. 16 the Canadian government and its negotiators remain firm in their support. In a conference call from Europe, where […] Read more

Dan Rorvig, a cattle rancher from central North Dakota, supports free trade, but says the world won’t end if Trump terminates NAFTA. Rorvig thinks the U.S. and Canada will work out a bilateral deal to maintain the free flow of beef and cattle.  |  Robert Arnason photo

U.S. rancher backs free trade

MCVILLE, N.D. — Dan Rorvig looks like a cattleman should look. Dressed in jeans, cowboy boots, a tan vest, cowboy hat, a Lanny McDonald-style mustache and crow’s feet around his eyes, Rorvig has the appearance of a rancher from Hollywood central casting. What’s different about Rorvig, aside from his glasses, is he doesn’t have the […] Read more


In a conference call from Europe, where he was helping launch the trade agreement with the European Union, MacAulay said supply management is an excellent system that warrants defending. | File photo

Feds remain staunch supporters of supply management

Canada will continue to defend its supply management system for dairy in the face of American demands for greater transparency and access in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said Oct. 16 the Canadian government and its negotiators remain firm in their support. In a conference call from Europe, where […] Read more

Will the U.S. pull out of NAFTA?

Journalists, lobbyists and anyone in Washington, D.C., with an interest in trade likely has an opinion about the following question: if negotiations stall, will U.S. President Donald Trump walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement? Some trade analysts have said Trump’s threats are a strategic bluff to get a better deal for the […] Read more