Canada’s active role is recognized in the term “the Ottawa Group,” which refers to countries committed to preserving and improving the WTO.

Ag-exporters support Canada’s drive to revive the WTO

Rules-based trade is critical for agri-food sector: CAFTA

Canada’s agricultural exporters are praising the federal government for heading the drive to revive the World Trade Organization. “We are pleased to see (International Trade Diversification) Minister (Jim) Carr leading important discussions to maintain and modernize our multilateral trading system,” said Brian Innes, the president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, recognizing work happening during […] Read more

Tools for hay management are one of the major areas of export of farm equipment from Ontario to the U.S.

Tariffs made for “lean year” for agriculture manufacturers

The lifting of the U.S.-Canada steel tariffs should make trade easier and reduce the cost of farm machinery

Manufacturers of agriculture equipment are expressing relief as steel and aluminum tariffs between Canada and the U.S. were withdrawn. The Canadian, U.S. and Mexican governments came to agreement May 17 to drop the tariffs which had been in place for almost a year, driven by U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to force agreement to a […] Read more

Canadian beef exports add at least $600 per head in value, compared to the domestic market, and numbers show that trade is accelerating.

Canadian beef exports worth $600 per head

More capacity is needed to certify producers with cattle that qualify for EU export

Canadian beef exports add at least $600 per head in value, compared to the domestic market, and numbers show that trade is accelerating. Deals like the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership with Pacific Rim countries push down tariffs and open doors to high-value markets like Japan. “There has been triple the volume of […] Read more

Grain Farmers of Ontario says politics are creating serious uncertainties in commodity markets and farmers are feeling the economic pressure.

Trade war fund needed for grain farmers: GFO

There are increased concerns now that it looks like the U.S. will further subsidize its farmers

Grain Farmers of Ontario is calling for the federal government to create a fund so that grain farmers are protected from losses during global trade disputes. Why it matters: American farmers received almost $9 billion last year from the American government to cover losses from trade and U.S. President Donald Trump recently promised $15 billion […] Read more

Researchers say the ultimate goal of retaliatory tariffs is to inflict economic loss on influential interest groups.

Politics often at heart of China trade retaliations

Researchers say the ultimate goal of retaliatory tariffs is to inflict economic loss on influential interest groups

China hasn’t just manipulated its regulatory system to block Canadian agriculture imports. Its use of phytosanitary standards to hurt foreign suppliers has been used against small countries similar to Canada and also against the United States. Why it matters: China is less restrained when using trade retaliation against smaller countries. “China refused bananas from the […] Read more


The USMCA trade deal is poised to replace NAFTA, but ratification has stalled thanks in large part to existing U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Opinion: Hurdles remain for North American trade agreement

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

The chance of the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) being ratified before the next Canadian federal election has likely slumped after a new American commission report found the deal would have a moderate impact on the American economy. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its highly anticipated analysis of the pending trade agreement in mid […] Read more

Beijing allows imports of GM soybeans and corn for animal feed, but it does not allow farmers to plant them.

Biotech crops still a sticking point in U.S.-China trade deal

The issue is one of a number of complaints the U.S. administration has raised

Reuters – China’s lengthy approval process for genetically modified crops remains a sticking point in talks to end the trade war between China and the United States, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks. Beijing has taken years to approve new strains of GM crops, which U.S. companies and farmers have complained stalls […] Read more

Opinion: We can’t force the Chinese to buy our crops

We can, however, take steps to reduce the sector’s vulnerability to a big customer’s mood swings

Canadian canola farmers find themselves in a tough spot this spring as the snow disappears and they look across those vast empty fields, many of which, under normal circumstances, would be boasting pretty yellow flowers by mid-July. Canola surpassed wheat a few years back as the largest contributor to farm cash receipts from crops by […] Read more


With spring seeding fast-approaching couched with uncertain commodity markets, there’s growing fear that the dispute with China is poised to hugely impact Canadian farmers’ bottom lines.

Opinion: Agriculture now part of grand global political game

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

The news came in a single news release, quietly sent out the afternoon of March 21. Despite ongoing conversations, the Canola Council of Canada had been informed Chinese importers were no longer interested in purchasing Canadian canola seed. Technical conversations, the release said, had not shown an “immediate resolution was possible.” At this time, Canola […] Read more

“The president listens. (But) obviously he has a different opinion about the benefits of tariffs, at this point in time.” – Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture

U.S. agriculture secretary agrees with Canada in tariff dispute

Sonny Perdue admits the U.S. President has a different opinion

Canada has a friend in Washington. Sonny Perdue, the United States agriculture secretary, believes the American government should drop tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico as soon as possible. “We recognize from our industry and our sector, it’s in all of our best interests to see that it happens,” said Perdue, who […] Read more