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Trade deal hailed by Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is hailing the completion of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement and encouraging its swift ratification. “The experience of the North American beef cattle industries under NAFTA is testament to the value of trade agreements,” it said. “Access to global markets, including the North American market, means that on average that each animal […] Read more



Canada’s dairy industry is facing “death by a thousand cuts” from concessions in back-to-back international trade agreements, said Alberta Milk general manager Mike Southwood.

Another blow for Canada’s dairy industry

Dairy farmers frustrated and disappointed but other farm sectors welcome the NAFTA replacement

Many Canadians breathed a collective sigh of relief when Canada, the U.S., and Mexico agreed to a new trade agreement at the end of September. But for the country’s dairy industry, this proposed deal is just another in a series of blows that is slowly but surely bleeding the industry dry. “This is definitely death […] Read more

These cows at Airport Dairy near Fort Macleod — along with all their Canadian cousins — have unexpectedly found their way into the centre of high-stakes NAFTA negotiations.

The milk in the middle of the high-stakes NAFTA drama

A new milk category thrust dairy farmers into a political firestorm — so what is Class 7 all about?

It seemed like a win-win — until a new milk category caught the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump and unexpectedly became one of the key sticking points in NAFTA negotiations. It’s called Class 7, which is milk protein isolates (dried milk powders high in protein). It was introduced in 2016 in response to diafiltered […] Read more


This photo of President Donald Trump was taken just before he announced missile attacks on Syria — a story which relegated fears of a trade war with China to the back pages.

Farmers wonder what’s next from mercurial president

The threat of a trade war has been pushed off the front pages, but continues to roil the farm sector

The phrase ‘that’s so last week’ is supposed to be ironic, but it’s an apt description for the ongoing whirlwind of trade measures coming out of the Oval Office.  Since ordering tariffs of 25 per cent on US$50 billion worth of Chinese goods in early April, U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered more tariffs on […] Read more

The low dollar has already pushed up the price of American-made farm equipment and steel tariffs could increase them further.

Steel tariffs could rebound on farmers here

It’s not clear what impact tariffs will have on farm equipment but any increase will likely be passed on

It’s unclear if the new steel tariff proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump could be bad news for Canadian producers when it comes time to buy new farm equipment. If the tariffs are imposed, U.S. manufacturing companies would pay 25 per cent more for imported steel and 10 per cent more for imported aluminum, unless […] Read more


At NAFTA talks, Canada hails jet case as victory for free trade

Montreal | Reuters — Canadian plane maker Bombardier won a major U.S. case on Friday, which government officials said showed the importance of free trade at a time when talks to modernize the NAFTA pact are moving slowly. A U.S. tribunal unexpectedly dismissed a complaint by Boeing against alleged dumping by Bombardier in the case […] Read more

The Port of Vancouver may get a lot busier with a new Trans-Pacific trade agreement.

Trans-Pacific agreement draws praise from ag groups

Farm and agri-food groups say deal will open new markets but CFA issues warning on supply management

Here’s what farm and agri-food groups were saying after an agreement was struck on a new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (also called TPP-11 or CPTPP): Cereals Canada The TPP-11 agreement raises the bar with respect to modern and progressive trading rules in Asia-Pacific and beyond. Canada’s participation demonstrates much needed […] Read more


As usual, all eyes are on U.S. President Donald Trump, who calls NAFTA the “worst trade deal ever made.” That view has been translated into explosive demands by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (centre) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (far right).

Don’t write NAFTA’s obituary just yet

‘Absurd’ demands have heightened fears that President Trump aims to kill the trade pact, but experts say that’s premature

Stay calm and keep negotiating’ seems to be the mantra of Canadian farm groups even as a growing number of experts warn NAFTA may be doomed. U.S. negotiators dropped a series of bombshells in the fourth round of talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — demands that Canada and Mexico had said […] Read more

Britain reported looking to NAFTA if Brexit deal fails

London | Reuters — Britain could join a formal trade alliance with the United States, Canada and Mexico if the European Union refuses to clinch a post-Brexit trade deal, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said British ministers were looking at joining the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as part of […] Read more