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

No panic from Canada, Mexico over threat to terminate NAFTA

Donald Trump has been in full bully-boy mode about NAFTA, twice threatening to “terminate” it in recent days. And his U.S. Trade Representative immediately tabled a demand to eliminate the Chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism, a provision that Canada and Mexico have often said is key to protecting them against the overwhelming power of the […] Read more


Wheat growers insist that the federal government not give up the components of the North American Free Trade Agreement that have benefitted them, particularly tariff reduction and measures that address non-tariff trade barriers, sanitary and phytosanitary regulations and regulatory co-operation.  |  File photo

Navigating NAFTA: the path forward

With the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement slated to begin in a few weeks, the Alberta Wheat Commission has been assessing the potential impacts on the Canadian grains sector and communicating farmers’ concerns to the federal government. Key to these efforts was AWC’s contribution to the government’s NAFTA consultations. NAFTA has benefitted […] Read more

The U.S. lobby is demanding concessions the Canadian government looks unwilling to grant, according to people familiar with the file. | File photo

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


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. | File photo

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

The numbers are big when it comes to trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico, but a farm leader says more goes into a trade deal than just dollars and cents.  |  File photo

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

Sonny Perdue, the U.S. secretary of agriculture, met with officials and reporters during a recent visit to Canada to explain the administration’s position for the pending NAFTA negotiations.
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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


John Weber, the past-president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said pushing ahead with NAFTA re-negotiations is unwise because other policy issues should be dealt with first. | Robert Arnason photo

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

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was warmly received when he appeared at the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance conference June 5. He and former Quebec premier and senior federal cabinet minister  Jean Charest held a

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