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

Dairy tirade from U.S. won’t finish supply management

In a curious way, the brinksmanship practised last week by U.S. President Donald Trump over the North American Free Trade Agreement should pay off for Canada. When we look at what happened when Trump took control over the softwood lumber file — last week, he enacted an average import duty of 20 percent — steering […] Read more

Trudeau urges Trump not to pull out of NAFTA

OTTAWA (Reuters) —Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA in a call on Wednesday, saying such a move would be counter-productive, a Canadian source familiar with the matter said today. Trudeau made the comments after Trump told him he was thinking about pulling out of the North American […] Read more

White House readies order to quit NAFTA

UPDATE: President Donald Trump’s tweets later in the day appear to have altered the focus of the administration’s attitude toward NAFTA. Trump says NAFTA deal with Canada, Mexico, is ‘very possible’ WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with neighboring Canada and […] Read more

Canada, China explore trade talks

Farm groups are excited that Canada has launched exploratory free trade agreement talks with China. The Asian country accounted for $5.6 billion in Canadian agri-food exports last year, making it Canada’s second largest market after the United States. China buys one-third of Canada’s canola exports and is an important market for soybeans, pulses, wheat, barley, […] Read more

Rural Canada can’t afford trade giveaways

In the decades since the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement and later the North American Free Trade Agreement were signed, Canadian agriculture has undergone a significant shift. There was once a multitude of diverse local and regional economic drivers, but now we have a one-size-fits-all, export-driven, low-priced commodity production model. Farm capital needs have sky-rocketed […] Read more