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Trans-Pacific trade partners agree for U.K. to start joining process

Tokyo | Reuters — Member nations of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on Wednesday officially agreed to allow the United Kingdom to start the process of joining the pact, Japan’s economy minister said. Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters he welcomed the start of Britain’s joining process after hosting an […] Read more

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Strike a better deal with U.K. on beef, says CCA

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is hailing the interim trade deal with the U.K., but says a new long-term agreement needs to “resolve trade barriers” when it comes to the trade in beef between the two countries. “A glaring inequity that remains to be resolved is that Canadian beef producers face far more hurdles to export […] Read more


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U.K. aims to join Trans-Pacific Partnership

London | Reuters –– The United Kingdom announced on Wednesday it would pursue accession to a revamped version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Today we’re announcing our intent to pursue accession to CPTPP, one of the world’s largest free trading areas,” Trade Secretary Liz Truss said. The British government said joining CPTPP would help the U.K. […] Read more

Cows on pasture in Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England

The U.K. packs a lot of agriculture into a small space

British farmers need to get along with neighbouring communities, 
cut greenhouse emissions, and fend off cheap foreign competition


Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s an area steeped in history and culture that is also a breadbasket of diverse agriculture. The United Kingdom is home to 214,000 farms, which nearly mirrors Canada’s 205,000 farms, although the average size is 142 hectares (or about half the size of the average Canadian operation). And though the farms may be the same […] Read more



Asking the questions that need to be asked

Asking the questions that need to be asked

An innovative summit takes a frank look at the troubled 
U.K. dairy industry and what needs to change

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agrihive is an innovative new company out of Australia conceived by an idea that fellow Nuffield scholar James Walker had on his travels. His dream was to start a platform to tackle global issues and create actionable ideas. Part of that involves a U.K. Dairy Summit that was broadcast live on YouTube from London. The […] Read more


Nodding oil pump in prairies

Schoepp: What’s a more important sector: oil or agriculture?

Take a comprehensive look at the facts and the answer is obvious

Reading Time: 4 minutes As we drove through the blueberry fields and cranberry bogs in southern B.C., I thought of economic generators. What, I wondered, was a bigger sustainable economic generator to our nation: oil or agriculture? An environmental scan of an industry must include the long-term effects on people and the planet. The structures that we employ for […] Read more

Biosecurity means getting everyone to the table, talking about the risks, and doing whatever it takes to combat them, said Egan Brockhoff.

How the pork sector survived the attack of a killer virus

PEDv decimated the U.S. hog herd, but Canada showed how to do biosecurity right

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you want expert advice on biosecurity, talk to a Canadian hog farmer — and cattle producers should probably do just that. The country’s outstanding record on controlling the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has a host of lessons for the cattle sector, says a swine veterinarian who was deeply involved in Alberta’s battle against PEDv. […] Read more