Port official follows motto: if you do it, do it right

Investing in bricks and mortar isn’t the only way Canada’s ports are preparing for growing global trade. A trade commissioner has been embedded with the port authority in Halifax since September as a part of a pilot project, Zatylny said. He works with Canada’s ports and port communities to get Canadian businesses export ready. He […] Read more


Pork sector expects trade benefits

No load of hogs will ever travel from James Hofer’s Hutterite colony to Europe. Nor will he likely know if meat from his pigs ends up on European dinner plates. However, he’s sure the Canada-European Union free trade deal will bring more money to his Manitoba colony’s hog operation. “With the percentage of pork that […] Read more


Ports eager to play role as markets open

Farmers and players in the grade trade aren’t the only ones looking forward to freer trade with Europe. Canada’s eastern ports are al-ready banking on more goods flowing through their facilities once the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement comes into effect. However, port authorities have also inherited aging infrastructure and face a cavernous funding gap […] Read more



Resolving the beefs blocking beef trade

This is part 2 of our three-part series on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. Writers from Glacier FarmMedia, which includes 
The Western Producer, interviewed experts to assess the value of CETA to Canada’s agricultural community.

This is part 2 of our three-part series on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. Writers from Glacier FarmMedia, which includes The Western Producer, interviewed experts to assess the value of CETA to Canada’s agricultural community. Stories from Parts 1 and 2 are linked below. John Masswohl found Canadian […] 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



‘600 million opportunity’ awaits cattle sector

The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union will increase beef market opportunities for Canadian producers. Though Canada has had access for its beef before, it was subject to tariffs and quotas that were cost prohibitive for most marketers. Under CETA, some of those previously existing conditions will improve, and new quota […] Read more


Doors may be open but welcome mat takes time

It’s one thing for governments to ink a deal. It’s another to fly across the ocean and shake hands, hang out and form real human relationships. However, the latter is what it takes to build new customers and markets, say some with much experience in Canada’s international grain business. “There’s nothing like getting on an […] Read more


CETA not silver bullet for European trade

Officials hope that processes governing the EU trade deal can nip issues in the bud before they escalate into political issues

Much of Canada’s grain trade is housed in the towers at Winnipeg’s Portage and Main intersection. In those towers, key marketing professionals are now examining how the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement could affect their companies, industries and interests. From institutions like the Canadian International Grains Institute to companies like Richardson International to organizations like […] Read more



Niche growers hope CETA will resolve GM issues

Western Canadian farmland might not seem close to Europe, but for many farmers, European markets already seem right next door. “We talk to Europeans pretty well every day,” said Paul Gregory, a honey and forage seed producer from Fisher Branch, Man. “It’s an important market for us.” The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the […] Read more


Will EU trade reap benefits for all?

Canadian producers and industry officials seem confident that the new trade deal with the European Union will open the market door wider to the region’s 500 million population. It’s tough to “nail a number to the wall and say this is the benefit” farmers will see with the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, said Cam Dahl, […] Read more