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

NAFTA negotiations could begin in 90 days, or Aug. 16 at the earliest, now that the notification is official. | File photo

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