China-Canada meat deal includes pilot project

The federal agriculture department revealed more details Dec. 7 about greater access for Canadian beef and pork in the Chinese market. Following a trade mission by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that concluded yesterday, there is an agreement to launch a pilot project on the export of chilled and fresh beef and pork from “Canadian establishments […] Read more


China agrees to accept more Canadian meat

More beef and pork can be sold into China following an agreement announced today by the federal government, but details are yet to be revealed. According to the Canadian Meat Council, Canadian bone-in beef, fresh chilled beef and pork products could see expanded access in a deal that could increase exports by up to $100 […] Read more


WTO tariffs apply if NAFTA fails

If negotiations for a new and improved North American Free Trade Agreement fall apart, Canada’s canola industry may have to cope with significant tariffs on oil exported to the United States. Under World Trade Organization rules, the U.S. could apply a tariff of 6.4 percent on crude and refined canola oil. “It doesn’t sound like […] Read more



North American ag ministers to meet in Denver

Agriculture ministers from North America are meeting in Colorado this week against the backdrop of uncertain NAFTA negotiations in Washington. Saskatchewan minister Lyle Stewart said discussions in Denver will most certainly focus on trade. “That’s always the topic of conversation at the Tri-National Accord and we think it’s particularly important that we’re there this year […] Read more


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



U.S., EU trade deal mired

DES MOINES, Iowa — In early June, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he’s open to restarting free trade talks with the European Union. Those talks have been stalled since last fall, when Americans elected Donald Trump as president. Ross may be willing to resume negotiations, but the National Pork Producers Council in the United […] 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


Unease growing in EU over CETA cheese clause

Canada’s dairy farmers say they have no comment on reports of a spat brewing over cheese allocations under the incoming trade agreement with the European Union. Most measures under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement are expected to take effect July 1. The agreement will allow an additional 16,000 tonnes of high-quality cheese and 1,700 […] 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


Remove trade barriers, says senate report

UPDATED – May 10, 2017 – 1540 CST – A new report prepared by Canadian senators says the federal government needs to do more to support farm exports and ensure that producers and processors have better access to key international markets. Among other things, the report calls on Ottawa to invest in grain transportation infrastructure, […] Read more