U.S. dairy lobby increases pressure on Canada, NAFTA fight looms

OTTAWA/WINNIPEG (Reuters) — The United States dairy lobby is ratcheting up pressure on Canada as talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement draw closer. The U.S. lobby is demanding concessions the Canadian government looks unwilling to grant, according to people familiar with the file. That could lead to a brawl that sours efforts […] Read more


Canadian dairy looks to protect domestic market ahead of NAFTA talks

WINNIPEG — The head of Canada’s dairy industry group highlighted the role of Canadian dairy producers in the domestic market as the potential for trade agreement renegotiations loom. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier in the year he was considering pulling the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement, but later shifted his position […] Read more


U.S. farm leader advises against hasty NAFTA talks

DES MOINES, Iowa — Negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as August, and many people in the ag industry are hoping a new deal gets done quickly. However, the past-president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said pushing ahead with NAFTA re-negotiations is unwise because other policy […] Read more



U.S. ag secretary pours oil on troubled trade waters

It’s doubtful that U.S. President Donald Trump was thinking of Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign-policy advice — speak softly and carry a big stick — with his approach to NAFTA and agriculture in particular, but the United States is nonetheless following that counsel — sort of. Trump bludgeoned and blustered his way through criticism of the North […] Read more


U.S. farm leader advises against hasty NAFTA talks

DES MOINES, Iowa — Negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as August, and many people in the ag industry are hoping a new deal gets done quickly. However, the past-president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said pushing ahead with NAFTA re-negotiations is unwise because other policy […] Read more



U.S. ag secretary hopes to ‘modernize’ NAFTA, not break it

TORONTO, Ont. — If Canada wanted a friend inside the Donald Trump administration, one who has deep Canadian friendships and a desire to boost U.S.-Canada trade, they appear to have gotten lucky in Sonny Perdue. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was warmly received when he appeared at the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance conference June […] Read more


Cattle groups fear return of COOL

Cattle producer organizations, throughout North America, are worried that NAFTA renegotiations could provide an opportunity for the United States to re-introduce mandatory Country of Origin Labelling. On May 18, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that President Donald Trump’s administration plans to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA negotiations could begin […] Read more


Dairy tirade from U.S. won’t finish supply management

In a curious way, the brinksmanship practised last week by U.S. President Donald Trump over the North American Free Trade Agreement should pay off for Canada. When we look at what happened when Trump took control over the softwood lumber file — last week, he enacted an average import duty of 20 percent — steering […] Read more



Trudeau urges Trump not to pull out of NAFTA

OTTAWA (Reuters) —Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA in a call on Wednesday, saying such a move would be counter-productive, a Canadian source familiar with the matter said today. Trudeau made the comments after Trump told him he was thinking about pulling out of the North American […] Read more


White House readies order to quit NAFTA

UPDATE: President Donald Trump’s tweets later in the day appear to have altered the focus of the administration’s attitude toward NAFTA. Trump says NAFTA deal with Canada, Mexico, is ‘very possible’ WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with neighboring Canada and […] Read more