National Newswatch

Employment department plans to discuss changes to foreign workers program with farm groups

Sep 12 2019 — Alex Binkley — No specific proposals have been outlined yet.   Ottawa—The Employment Department says it’s planning to engage farm organizations and workers about key issues involving the hiring of foreign workers to fill vacant jobs in the agrifood sector. The announcement provided no details on how or when engagement would be held. Their focus would be on […]

Sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to U.S. agricultural exports to be investigated

Sep 10 2019 — Alex Binkley — U.S. looking for grounds to push for market openings.   Ottawa—Canadian trade observers should be keeping a close eye on a fact-finding investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) looking for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) barriers to U.S. agricultural exports. The investigation was requested by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as part of the […]

DPAC says the federal government has reneged on promise of compensation for trade agreement impacts

Sep 9 2019 — Alex Binkley — Bibeau says the government is still working with the supply-managed sector.   Ottawa—Dairy processor groups across the country say the federal government has reneged on its promise to compensate their members for the economic harm that will result from the European and Pacific free trade deals and the new NAFTA when it is ratified. The […]

Government needs to address the financial plight of all farmers, AGgrowth Coalition says

Aug 28 2019 — Alex Binkley — Bibeau says the government is responding and more will be done.   Ottawa–Export-oriented farmers are facing significant market disruptions due to global trade disruptions and want the federal government to provide them with financial support as it plans to do for 11,000 Canadian dairy farmers, the AGgrowth Coalition says. The Coalition has been pushing for action for months […]

Sustainable agriculture is essential to feeding growing global population

Aug 21 2019 — Alex Binkley — Two CAPI conferences hear about lots of ideas that won’t be easy to implement.   Ottawa—Moving to sustainable agriculture practices receives plenty of platitudes but making them actually happen won’t be a simple endeavour, two conferences sponsored by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute have concluded. The conferences in Calgary and Guelph earlier this year heard […]

Dairy farmers to receive $1.75 billion during next eight years to compensate for losses from trade deals

Aug 19 2019 — Alex Binkley — Announcement covers only one of three areas under discussion with the dairy and poultry sectors.   Ottawa–The announcement of $1.75 billion in financial aid for dairy farmers during the next eight years to offset the impact of increased domestic market access under trade deals settles only one of the compensation discussions affecting supply management that […]

No simple solution to achieving sustainable growth in food production, CAPI report says

Aug 13 2019 — Alex Binkley — Science research needs to be integrated with industry practices for national and international progress.   Ottawa—The farm community needs a network of experts and practitioners to work together in tackling the obstacles to achieving clean growth in future food production, says the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). In a report full of ideas and information […]

DMA and FCC to expand their mental training partnership in rural Canada

Aug 7 2019 — Alex Binkley — The need for action echoes Commons agriculture committee report on mental health.   Ottawa—The Do More Agriculture (DMA) Foundation and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) are extending and expanding their partnership to bring mental health awareness and training to rural Canada. The two-day training program, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is aimed at developing […]