In an announcement that seemingly came out of nowhere, the Canadian Pork Council and Canadian Meat Council issued press releases early Tuesday afternoon, saying meat exports to China could resume. | File photo

Beef, pork exports to China to resume

UPDATED: November 5, 2019 1445 CST – After months of no sales, Canada can once again export pork and beef to China. This morning, just before lunch, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that Canadian pork and beef sales to China could resume. The Canadian Pork Council and Canadian Meat Council congratulated Trudeau and the government […] Read more

Ryan Cardwell, who studies international trade policy, explained during a Keystone Agricultural Producers meeting held late October in Brandon how a WTO dispute between Canada and China could potentially play out. | Robert Arnason photo

Is a WTO win worth the hassle?

On Sept. 9, Canada took the first step of challenging China’s ban on canola seed imports by sending a formal letter to the World Trade Organization. The request for consultations with China may evolve in to a full-fledged case at the WTO. After a few years, Canada might win the case and have the right […] Read more

All party leaders and their candidates are asked to take the time to appreciate the important contribution that agri-food exports make to the Canadian economy.  |  File photo

An open letter to federal party leaders

Dear Party Leaders: As the voice of Canadian agri-food exporters, representing the 90 percent of farmers, producers, food processors and agri-food exporters who rely on global markets for their livelihoods, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance is writing to express what’s needed for Canada’s agri-food exporters as we enter the homestretch of the 43rd election. As […] Read more


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump after signing a joint statement on trade during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Sept. 25.  |  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst photo

Canada takes U.S.-Japan trade deal in stride

The recently signed agreement mirrors the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Canadian agriculture officials do not feel threatened by a new tariff agreement signed between the United States and Japan. The new pact mirrors the agricultural tariff reduction commitments contained in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), of which Canada is a member, implemented on Dec. 30, 2018. Canadian and Australian wheat farmers […] Read more

Doug Zink checks the quality of soil in his soybean field near Carrington, North Dakota, in August.  |  REUTERS/Dan Koeck photo

Trump’s trade-war aid sows farmer frustration

ROCHESTER, Minn., (Reuters) — The U.S. government is paying Texas cotton farmer J. Walt Hagood US$145 an acre for losses related to President Donald Trump’s trade policies. But Minnesota soybean farmer Betsy Jensen will get just $35 an acre. Both farmers’ sales have taken heavy blows in Trump’s trade war with China. Neither understands why […] Read more


At Trump's direction, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has rolled out $28 billion in trade aid for farmers over the past two years - $12 billion last year and another $16 billion announced this July and being disbursed now. |  REUTERS/Carlos Barria photo

Trump trade-war aid sows frustration in farm country

ROCHESTER, Minn., (Reuters) – The U.S. government is paying Texas cotton farmer J. Walt Hagood $145 an acre for losses related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. But Minnesota soybean farmer Betsy Jensen will get just $35 an acre. Both farmers’ sales have taken heavy blows in Trump’s trade war with China. Neither understands […] Read more

The U.S.-China trade war is getting the most attention these days, but Stefane Marion of the National Bank of Canada says the free trade environment of the last 20 years is under threat around the world.  |  Reuters/Ng Han Guan photo

Trade disputes called threat to global economy

MONTREAL — Hearing all the grim talk about slowing global growth and seeing alarming signs from the bond market, it’s understandable that many believe the world is fated to fall into recession soon, acknowledges the chief economist of National Bank of Canada. But unless some wild cards get played, the actual chances of a nearby recession […] Read more



Alberta trade minister Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta trade mission planned for Japan, South Korea

Alberta’s trade minister will soon be off to Japan and South Korea to promote the province’s agriculture and forestry industry, aiming to expand market access and diversification. Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. She is travelling on behalf of Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen. The province said in a news release […] Read more

The United States International Trade Commission says the main impact of the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be on dairy, poultry and sugar products.  |  File photo

U.S. trade analysis expects little impact from new deal

The U.S. International Trade Commission expects U.S. dairy exports to Canada to rise by $227 million a year while imports of Canadian dairy products will increase by $162 million

An analysis by the United States International Trade Commission suggests the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement will have little impact on agricultural trade. The 379-page report concludes that once fully implemented the provisions of the proposed trade pact will increase U.S. agriculture exports by 1.1 percent while imports will rise 1.3 percent. The main impact will be […] Read more