Feds pondering more self-reliance in Canada’s food

'Even if we are already in a good position, we can always do better,' Bibeau says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is looking for ways to make Canada’s food supply more autonomous. In an interview Thursday, Bibeau pointed to her minority Liberal government’s pledge in the throne speech to further support the food value chain. That could mean a review of food infrastructure across the country, according to Bibeau. Specifics aren’t yet […] Read more

Canada not benefiting from CETA, Bibeau says

Ex-premiers write to Ottawa with critique of EU's continued trade barriers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada is not benefiting from the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union (EU), federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau grants. Expected to spur $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the free trade deal has fallen short of those targets since its implementation in 2017. In a letter Monday to Prime Minister Justin […] Read more

Throne speech commits to rural broadband improvement

Rural health care, water management also on deck

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal minority Liberal government is promising job creation, better rural internet access and a commitment to combating climate change in its newly revealed legislative plans. In an ambitious throne speech delivered Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party committed itself to implementing universal child care and extending or enhancing many of the economic measures put […] Read more

The meeting was held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.

Agriculture Youth Council holds first meeting

Reading Time: < 1 minute Glacier FarmMedia – Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, hosted the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council on Sept. 3. The 25-member council is sharing with the minister their aspirations for a sustainable and prosperous agriculture and agri-food sector. The council is expected to offer suggestions for the Liberal government recovery plan […] Read more

Provincial trespassing bills watched by federal minister

Farmers should not be threatened for feeding Canadians, says minister

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – At least four provinces have strengthened or are looking to strengthen their trespassing legislation, but the federal government said it will look to support producers in other ways. “It has to be done at the provincial level, but I’m following it closely because this is something that I care about,” said Minister […] Read more

Leslyn Lewis finished third in the Conservative leadership competition.

Lewis’s success could be win for producers

The defeated but rising Conservative candidate had the most detailed agriculture platform

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The biggest win for Canadian producers arising from the Conservative party leadership race may come from one of the contest’s losers. Erin O’Toole won the leadership bid, beating out his chief rival, Peter MacKay. During the campaign, the two offered nearly identical and fairly mundane platforms for the agricultural sector. Why it […] Read more

Canadian farms are facing large structural changes in global agriculture.

Agriculture policy overhaul needed: report

COVID-19 has exposed significant challenges, needed changes

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Drastic changes to markets, labour conditions and public perceptions are driving a need for new agri-food policies, according to a report from industry experts. Agri-Food Economic Systems’ latest policy note identified 10 pressures on the industry, each one varying in “magnitude, significance, urgency and permanence.” The report cited massive losses in food […] Read more

Producer groups say the billion-dollar figure amounts are misleading and that individual account amounts are insignificant.

Money in AgriInvest accounts ‘disappointing’: Bibeau

Minister continues to advocate that the ‘first line’ money needs to be spent

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau maintains farmers who need cash should first look to any available money sitting in AgriInvest accounts “The last numbers I’ve seen did not show that farmers had used their accounts very much. Some sectors a little bit more, but not in a significant way the last […] Read more

Bibeau not considering closing AgriInvest accounts

Minister wouldn't order farmers to pull funds

Reading Time: 3 minutes Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is not considering ordering producers to withdraw from their AgriInvest accounts. “Not in this way. All the options are on the table for the future, but I’ve never considered asking them to withdraw, to empty their accounts, to face COVID-19,” she said in an interview Friday. Bibeau had previously expressed […] Read more

There are concerns that American farm subsidies are over World Trade Organization limits.

WTO committee looks at COVID-19 farm measures

Some regions bumped their agricultural subsidies during the pandemic

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada and other countries are calling for more transparency of farm measures taken by members during COVID-19. During a July 28 meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Committee on Agriculture, some countries questioned how the international community can better monitor each country’s response to the pandemic through agricultural policies. Australia introduced […] Read more