Canada consulting at home toward Indonesia trade deal

Possibility of broader Southeast Asian pact also looms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Continuing to seek out free trade deals in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada has launched public consultations on the merits of a potential bilateral pact with Indonesia. “Deepening trade ties with Indonesia would benefit Canadian businesses of all sizes and lead to economic growth and prosperity for years to come,” International Trade Minister Mary Ng said […] Read more

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Managing COVID, female leadership and the climate plan

Federal agriculture minister looks ahead to 2021 and back through a challenging 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes Questions and answers have been edited for length. Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau recently talked to Glacier FarmMedia Ottawa reporter D.C. Fraser in a year-end interview. Looking back at the year, what was the biggest personal challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic for you? Trying to identify those who were the most in […] Read more

Political failings mean AgriStability likely won’t see changes until 2023.

Comment: Producers biggest losers of slow RMP talks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Politicians from different levels of government and party stripe continue to debate how to improve Canada’s business risk management programs – but already, producers have lost. Finger-pointing among elected officials began almost as soon as the latest round of federal-provincial-territorial agriculture minister meetings ended with no consensus on changes to business risk managements (BRM) programming […] Read more

Poultry compensation will pay for market development over 10 years.

Dairy compensation coming quicker than expected

Poultry sectors finally get 10-year compensation plan

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian producers in supply-managed sectors received details of federal government plans to compensate them for recently signed trade deals and the money is coming sooner than later. Why it matters: Supply-managed sectors were forced to permit access to some previously protected markets during negotiations for international trade deals. In exchange, producers in […] Read more

Opinion: Biden’s victory a win for carbon pricing policy

Canada’s carbon pricing could help products get through a stiffer U.S. border

Reading Time: 3 minutes United States President-elect Joe Biden’s climate strategy will lay waste to the tired opposition some Canadians have to our country’s carbon pricing policy. Biden campaigned on aggressively combating climate change. When he becomes president in January, it is expected he will create investment in green technologies. Like Canada, the U.S. will soon be trying to […] Read more


Changes to business risk management programs, particularly AgriStability, have long been called for.

No clear solution on AgriStability

Federal government makes new proposal to provinces

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – No consensus on changes to business risk management was reached during the latest round of federal-provincial-territorial meetings. After the meetings ended Nov. 27, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau explained Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the programs at a 60-40 split between her government and […] Read more

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 25, 2020.

Opinion: Keep expectations low for Biden

America-first policy unlikely to change with new U.S. president

Reading Time: 2 minutes President-elect Joe Biden is a welcomed addition to the White House, but don’t expect America to change over night. United States President Donald Trump inflicted havoc on American trading partners and was the base of a deeply corrupted leadership that valued economic and personal gain over human life or common decency. He bullied Canadians into […] Read more

Food system support soars

Response to COVID-19 food challenges built greater confidence among consumers

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new report says Canadians have more confidence than ever in the food system, but concerns remain over rising costs. In its 2020 Public Trust Research Report, Trends in Trust and the Path Forward, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity reported that 47 per cent of those surveyed said they were confident in the overall […] Read more


No BRM breakthrough reached at ministers’ meeting

AgMins fail to find solution to business risk management program woes

Reading Time: 4 minutes No consensus on changes to business risk managements (BRM) programming was reached during the latest round of federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meetings. After the meetings ended Friday, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau explained Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the programs at a 60-40 split between her government and the provinces. Bibeau’s […] Read more

Comment: Universal internet access helps make food more sustainable

Reading Time: 3 minutes Consumers who want to reduce the carbon intensity of their food should advocate for better rural internet. Producers know most agricultural towns have broadband, but in the country, cell service fades. Telematics produced by farm equipment have to be stored, getting pushed to the cloud at the farmyards while IoT devices use networks, like LoRaWAn. […] Read more