National Newswatch

Round 2 in the Canada-U.S. dairy dispute coming up

May 31 2022 — Alex Binkley — Canadian TRQ changes don’t satisfy the U.S. Ottawa—Canada and the U.S. will try to iron out their differences on how the federal government’s tariff rate quota (TRQ) system is supposed to work through further consultations under CUSMA, says Trade Minister Mary Ng. Canada made some changes after a CUSMA dispute panel released in early January […]

Farmers have to be involved in development of national soil strategies for carbon storage

May 30 2022 — Alex Binkley — Carbon sequestration capability will vary by soil types across the country.   Ottawa—It is critical that government programs to enhance soil carbon sequestration have farmers involved in their development from the start, says a report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. Following Best Management Practices (BMPs), Canadian farmers can capture atmospheric carbon and store it […]

Census shows what needs addressing to keep agrifood growing

May 27 2022 — Alex Binkley — Plenty of issues for government policy makers to address.   Ottawa—The release of the 2021 agriculture census is stirring lots of contemplation about what its findings should tell producers, agrifood groups and governments, say close observers of the sector. Serge Buy, CEO of the Agri-Food Innovation Council, said it was interesting to see that more […]

The Indo-Pacific region has a lot of export potential for the agrifood sector

May 25 2022 — Alex Binkley — Canada needs an office focused on expanding trade with that region.   Ottawa—Canada needs to remain focused on expanding trade in the Indo-Pacific region while ensuring the terms of trade agreements are actually implemented, say agrifood export groups. They told the Commons international trade committee the region represents a strong market for Canadian farm and […]

Grains Council welcomes new plant breeding rules from Health Canada

May 24 2022 — Alex Binkley — Some genetic modifications in foods will continue to require close assessment.   Ottawa–Health Canada has released updated guidance for plant breeding innovation that the Canada Grains Council (CGC) says sets out clear rules for both public and private sector researchers using the latest plant breeding techniques. The guidance includes a transparency mechanism for all gene-edited […]

Canada offers the U.S. a new approach to dairy imports

May 18 2022 — Alex Binkley — Dairy processors welcome the plan.   Ottawa—Canada has proposed changes to its dairy tariff rate quota (TRQ) system to meet U.S. complaints about the one the government implemented after the CUSMA trade was struck. International Trade Minister Mary Ng said a CUSMA dispute panel report issued last Dec. 20 concluded that Canada’s exclusive allocation of […]

Grain farmers want their sustainability efforts recognized

May 17 2022 — Alex Binkley — Government needs to better understand what farmers have done.   Ottawa—Grain farmers want to be seen as heroes rather than villains when it comes to protecting the environment through their efforts to reduce emissions and increase carbon sequestration, says Susie Miller, Executive Director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC). In conversations with more […]

Demand for dairy products remains strong despite price increases

May 16 2022 — Alex Binkley — Eastern Canadian producers will get additional production opportunities.   Ottawa—Consumer demand for dairy products has remained strong despite the price increases triggered by the higher payments for producers announced earlier this year by the Canadian Dairy Commission, says a forecast issued by Farm Credit Canada. The jump in the farm gate price led to higher […]

Government proposes measures to better assess railway performance

May 12 2022 — Alex Binkley — Similar action underway in the U.S.   Ottawa—The main freight railways operating in Canada would have to file detailed freight handling information with Transport Canada under changes proposed by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. The information on waybill, traffic, and service and performance would show their customers and government how well the carriers are moving freight […]

Agrifood community welcomes Senate soil study

May 10 2022 — Alex Binkley — Study should look at the state of all soils in Canada.   Ottawa—An examination of the state of Canada’s soils by the Senate agriculture committee is long overdue and should be closely followed by the agrifood community, says Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph. He said the […]

Feds deliver more assistance to PEI potato growers

May 7 2022 — Alex Binkley — CFIA will perform more field inspections this year.   Ottawa—The federal government is offering some additional support measures for PEI potato growers as they prepare for spring planting while watching wearily to see if the U.S. will lift all its restrictions against their products because of a few findings of potato wart virus last fall. […]

Farm groups looking for support for a science-based pesticide policy

May 4 2022 — Alex Binkley — Farmers and others can support them with letters to the government.   Ottawa—Seven agriculture groups are seeking support from farmers and the public for federal consultations on changes to the Pest Control Products Act to result in a science-based pesticide regulatory system. Cereals Canada, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Grain Growers of Canada, Canola Council of […]

CFA sets the record straight on agriculture’s role in carbon emissions

May 3 2022 — Alex Binkley — Farmers should be in a revenue neutral position when it comes to fuel taxes.   Ottawa—The federal government needs to acknowledge farmers have worked hard to control their greenhouse gas emissions and forcing them to pay the carbon tax on some food-producing activities can reduce their international competitiveness, says the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA). […]