Ireland is exporting more beef to Canada than Canada sells to the EU, a region with 500 million people. | File photo

‘We’re being taken advantage of’

As predicted, cattle producers are reaping the benefits of the Canada-Europe free trade deal — but not in this country. In April, the Irish Times reported that Ireland’s beef exports to Canada have increased 700 percent since 2017, when the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement came into effect. The massive increase in beef exports is […] Read more

Suzanne Drisdelle, chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy in Irekand, spoke about the value of CETA when she addressed an Irish government committee in April. | Screencap via Twitter/@canadaireland

BLOG: CETA is working perfectly — for European farmers

Earlier this year, a representative of the Canadian government shared a positive message with farmers in Ireland. Suzanne Drisdelle, chargé d’affaires at the embassy, spoke about the value of the Canada-European Union trade agreement when she addressed an Irish government committee in April. She told the committee that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is […] Read more

The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government's compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. | File photo

Poultry, egg compensation applications now available

Applications for the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program are now being accepted. The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government’s compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. Producers are entitled to a dollar amount based on their quota holdings […] Read more


Starting last October, MPs from each of Canada's major political parties took part in meetings where witnesses spoke about trade and the pandemic. Government officials, trade associations, academics and others, like the Canola Council of Canada, were heard. | Screencap via ourcommons.ca

Report suggests better co-ordination of trade

Creating more export opportunities was also included in a new parliamentary report that studied post-pandemic trade potential

Better co-ordination across government agencies, the creation of more export opportunities for agri-tech and an increased focus on trade are recommendations found in a parliamentary report focused on international trade and COVID-19. The standing committee on international trade released its interim report in May, outlining four recommendations. Starting last October, MPs from each of Canada’s […] Read more

Mostyn Gregg, with Agrocorp International, believes the Australian crop will be sub-400,000 tonnes, or less than half of last year's bumper 900,000 tonne crop.

Supply shortfall looms for red lentils

Canada will face less competition in the red lentil export market this year, according to a panel of experts. Stat Publishing is forecasting 609,600 tonnes of production in Australia, but that is extremely optimistic, according to a trader from that country. Mostyn Gregg, with Agrocorp International, told delegates attending the Global Pulse Confederation’s Pulses 2.1 […] Read more


Most of the world's kabuli producers have either reduced their carryover or experienced production problems. | File photo

Global chickpea export supplies tighten

Navneet Singh Chhabra’s presentation on the world’s leading kabuli chickpea exporters was like a broken record. Total supplies for every exporter with the exception of Argentina are expected to be down in 2021-22 compared to the previous year. For most suppliers, it is due to the combination of lower carryover from the previous year’s crop […] Read more

The request marks an escalation of a U.S. complaint first lodged in December 2020, alleging that Canada was improperly allocating some of the USMCA's tariff-rate quotas on 14 dairy products, diverting a portion of them to Canadian processors and to the detriment of U.S. dairy farmers and processors. | Getty Images

U.S. formally requests dispute resolution over Canada’s dairy import quotas

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Tuesday it requested a dispute settlement panel to review a U.S. challenge to Canada’s application of dairy import quotas under the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade. The request marks an escalation of a U.S. complaint first lodged in December 2020, alleging that Canada was improperly allocating some of […] Read more

Starting last October, MPs from each of Canada's major political parties took part in meetings where witnesses spoke about trade and the pandemic. Government officials, trade associations, academics and others, like the Canola Council of Canada, were heard. | Screencap via ourcommons.ca

More co-ordination, diversity needed for post-pandemic trade: report

Better co-ordination across government agencies, creating more export opportunities for agri-tech and increasing a focus on trade are recommendations found in a parliamentary report focused on international trade and COVID-19. The standing committee on international trade released its interim report in May, outlining four recommendations. Starting last October, MPs from each of Canada’s major political […] Read more


Saskatchewan believes the London office will be a strategic location from which to seek investment within the U.K. and Europe. | Getty Images

Sask. gov’t announces new trade offices

Saskatchewan has announced the locations of four new trade offices promised in the recent budget. The offices are expected to open later this year in London, Dubai, Mexico and Vietnam. Trade and export development minister Jeremy Harrison said he has been working with officials from those countries who are on the ground in Canada. He […] Read more

Indonesia is Canada's largest market in Southeast Asia for agri-food products and Canada's single largest wheat customer, according to Global Affairs. | File photo

Canada, Indonesia prepare for trade talks

Canada may soon engage Indonesia in trade talks. The two nations have long flirted with the idea of a trade agreement, and Canada launched consultations of the subject in January. That consultation ended in February — a summary is expected to be published by Global Affairs this spring — but already Canadian trade officials are […] Read more