Smaller cattle organizations in the United States insist that the bigger groups, which support the North American Free Trade Agreement, don’t speak for the average producer.  |  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen photo

Does cattle sector have Trump’s ear on NAFTA?

The leaders of America’s agricultural groups are perplexed. U.S. organizations that represent corn growers, wheat growers, pork producers and other farm groups are strong supporters of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Their leaders have said, forcefully and repeatedly, that American farmers benefit from free trade with Mexico and Canada, but they might as well […] Read more

China will impose an additional 25 percent tariff on 659 U.S. goods worth $50 billion, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Tariff Commission of the State Council. | Twitter/@XHNews photo

China to impose 25 percent tariff on 659 U.S. goods worth $50 billion: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will impose an additional 25 percent tariff on 659 U.S. goods worth $50 billion, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Tariff Commission of the State Council. Tariffs on $34 billion of U.S. goods including agricultural products, autos and aquatic goods will take effect from July 6, Xinhua reported early […] Read more

The federal government brought forward legislation yesterday to enact the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The deal, better known as the TPP, is an 11 nation trade agreement that includes the key country of Japan. | Screencap via Twitter/@JustinTrudeau

Ottawa moves to ratify TPP-11

In a week where Italy threatened to blow up the Canada-European Union free trade deal and the U.S. formally imposed $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, there was actually some good news for Canadian farmers. The federal government brought forward legislation yesterday to enact the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The deal, better […] Read more


Hog farmers and pork industry players were upset, dismayed and angry at the World Pork Expo.
 | Screencap via www.worldpork.org

‘We are bleeding’: U.S. hog producer

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hog farmers and pork industry players were upset, dismayed and angry at the World Pork Expo. They became the first victims of retaliation by Mexico and China for United States President Donald Trump’s tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, and they didn’t hide their suffering. “We are bleeding,” said Ohio hog […] Read more

Mexico retaliated to U.S. tariffs with duties of its own, including 20 percent on imports of pork shoulders and legs. One U.S. pork farmer called it “devastating to my family and pork-producing families across the United States.” | File photo

Mexico hits back at U.S. with trade tariffs

MEXICO CITY —Mexico put tariffs on American products ranging from steel to pork and bourbon last week, retaliating against import duties on metals imposed by President Donald Trump and taking aim at Republican strongholds ahead of U.S. congressional elections in November. Mexico’s response further raises trade tensions between the two countries and adds a new […] Read more


The United States and Canada swung sharply on Sunday toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him

U.S.-Canada row escalates, Europeans criticize Trump’s G7 move

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (Reuters) – The United States and Canada swung sharply on Sunday toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him “very dishonest and weak.” The spat drew in Germany and France, which sharply criticized […] Read more

Trudeau, in an interview aired on Sunday by NBC's

Trump aide says Canada’s Trudeau overreacting to trade dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Trade frictions between the United States and Canada are a “family quarrel,” President Donald Trump’s economic adviser said on Sunday, brushing aside concerns expressed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an overreaction. The Trump administration said on Thursday it was moving ahead with tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, […] Read more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said America will impose import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, for Canada, Mexico and the EU. | File photo

U.S. hits Canada with metal tariffs, Canada hits back

Canada is hitting back against “totally unacceptable” U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said today that the federal government will impose duties worth $16.6 billion on American steel, aluminum and other products The dollar figure represents the amount of steel and aluminum that Canada exported to the […] Read more


Roll over, U.S. elephant; the mouse has roared

U.S. President Donald Trump is right: Canadians have exercised our dominance over the Americans on trade for long enough. The mouse has been nipping away at the elephant’s toes for so long that it can barely stand. Animal rights groups are now lamenting the fate of the elephant. As the president noted, we are indeed […] Read more

Earlier in May there was hope that Mexico, Canada and the United States could finalize a deal or possibly achieve an agreement in principle this month. But U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, stomped on that optimism May 17. | Twitter/@cafreeland photo

NAFTA deal appears unlikely for 2018

Robert Lighthizer has confirmed what trade analysts have been saying for a while: a new and improved North American Free Trade Agreement is a long way off. Earlier in May there was hope that Mexico, Canada and the United States could finalize a deal or possibly achieve an agreement in principle this month. But Lighthizer, […] Read more