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Steve Verheul, federal assistant deputy minister for trade policy and negotiations, speaks online to the Commons standing committee on international trade on July 9, 2020. (Video screengrab from Parlvu.parl.gc.ca)

Canada’s pace in trade talks with U.K. raising frustration

Doubts remain on potential benefits for Canadian farmers

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) is expressing frustration over the pace at which Canada is engaging the United Kingdom toward a post-Brexit free trade deal. Steve Verheul, assistant deputy minister of trade policy and negotiations at Global Affairs Canada, told a parliamentary committee any deal between the two countries will be impacted by European […] Read more

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Exchange’s move means ‘zero change’ on canola traders’ screens

CNS Canada — Traders who handle canola futures on the former Winnipeg Commodity Exchange see some question marks ahead as the canola futures market gets set to pack up and move to New York at the end of July, pending regulatory approval. Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which has owned Winnipeg’s ICE Futures Canada canola market […] Read more


Organic B.C. blueberries. (Falconglen.ca)

Incentives urged to match organic supply to demand

Canadian governments will need to come up with incentives for farmers going organic if they want domestic supply to keep up with domestic demand, a national organic sector group warns. The Canada Organic Trade Association on Wednesday released data showing 5,053 certified organic operations in Canada, accounting for 2.43 million acres of land, at the […] Read more