Predictable trading rules have meant advantages for Canadian companies who can follow them and gain access 
to international markets.

New trade order called bad news for Canada

A new report says Canada and its farmers aren’t equipped to deal with a move away from the ‘liberal world order’

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers face a starkly worsened long-term world market for their crops and livestock, fears a Canadian agricultural economics analysis firm. And that means many basic assumptions of how farm markets and prices behave might have to be radically reconsidered. “Some of the assumptions of the liberal world order — price arbitrage and […] Read more

Agricultural exporters to Europe say the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement has not lived up to its promise, but they hope the technical barriers can be resolved.

CETA trade deal an exercise in frustration for ag exporters

In two years since adoption, Canadian exports to Europe have dropped

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – This summer, French politicians spent many hours defending the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. The French National Assembly ratified the trade deal in late July and politicians, at least those in the governing party, spoke in favour of the deal and the economic value to France. […] Read more


China, France sign deals worth $15 bln during visit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters – China and France signed contracts totalling $15 billion during a visit by President Emmanuel Macron, a Chinese government official told a news briefing on Wednesday. Deals were struck in the fields of aeronautics, energy and agriculture, including approval for 20 French companies to export poultry, beef and pork to China. They also agreed to expand […] Read more

Opinion: Current trade environment not just an either/or scenario

Canada needs to push for a rules-based, free-trade world, but also to push back against countries resorting to coercion

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – At some point we might have to accept that this new trade reality is actually real. Then we’ll have to react to that reality by changing the way we farm, act and interact with the rest of the world. That’s something quite a few Canadians are grappling with in light of the […] Read more


Canada, China meet over canola stalemate

Reading Time: 4 minutes [UPDATED: Oct. 31, 2019] Glacier FarmMedia – Canada and China finally had a face-to-face meeting *Oct. 28 in Geneva on China’s de facto import ban of Canadian canola seed. The private consultation under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) went well, according to Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s *vice-president of public […] Read more

U.S.-Japan trade deal falls short of abandoned Trans-Pacific pact

But beef and pork producers have made big gains under the bilateral deal

Reading Time: 3 minutes Washington | Reuters – U.S. President Donald Trump has called his new trade deal with Japan a “phenomenal” victory for U.S. farmers. But don’t expect America’s Land O’Lakes butter to knock New Zealand’s Anchor or France’s President brands off store shelves in Japan, the world’s third largest economy. Butter is one of several U.S. dairy […] Read more

Minister Ernie Hardeman joined Ontario Corn Fed Beef as they signed a collaboration agreement with Kinsho Japan on Oct. 21, 2019.

Ontario trade mission aimed to connect Ontario producers, processors with buyers

The trade mission visited Japan and South Korea

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario’s Agriculture Minister, Ernie Hardeman, along with representatives from Beef Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Pork and Grain Farmers of Ontario have completed their trade mission in Japan and South Korea. The objective of the mission, which took place Oct. 12 to 24 was to promote Ontario’s products to overseas markets, specifically pork, beef and soybeans. […] Read more


Chicken farmers are looking for market development funding after trade deals resulted in the loss of some of their market.

Chicken, egg farmers still looking for trade package

A package for dairy farmers was announced before the current federal election

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicken and egg farmers continue to wait for a trade compensation package, which they had hoped to see before the current federal election. Their supply management cousins in dairy got the announcement they were looking for with a $1.75 billion package that will pay out $345 million in the first year of the seven-year program. […] Read more

Ontario soybean crops have been most affected by current trade disputes, but as it isn’t directly targeted by China, it’s harder to get government attention.

Agriculture support programs inadequate in new trade environment

Agriculture groups are concerned existing programs won’t measure up while other countries pile billions into support for their farmers

Reading Time: 4 minutes Farm leaders are worried the current suite of government risk management programs are ill-prepared to help Ontario farmers through tough times brought on by trade wars. Solid farm income over the past decade means reference margins will really have to dive in order to trigger payments from existing programs, industry sources say. The programs were […] Read more