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

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

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

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture hopes support comes in the form of financial backing.

CFA calls for emergency federal funding

The national organization warns of a “tipping point” for agriculture

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) wants the federal government to immediately prioritize food production by creating an emergency fund or financial backstop for farmers as part of its response to COVID-19. “We must ensure Canada’s domestic food supply is secure, not only for the duration of this battle, but long into […] Read more

Pork sector’s calls for aid heard, not yet answered

Federal government says it's examining "all options"

Reading Time: 2 minutes Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s office said late last week the government is working “around the clock” to respond to the pandemic’s impact on farmers and agri-food businesses. But there was no commitment to the direct support Canadian pork industry officials say is now necessary to carry the sector through a crisis which has led […] Read more


Beef cattle producers seek new set-aside plan

Cattle groups, Tories call for revival of BSE-era program

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canada’s beef cattle producer groups and federal Conservatives want to see the revival of a BSE-era program to hold cattle back against the risk of further lost options for slaughter. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association on Monday hearkened back to its March 24 list of recommendations to the federal government for support measures against the impacts […] Read more

Increased federal support for TFWs welcomed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ottawa — The Canadian Horticultural Council says Monday’s federal announcement offering $50 million to help cover the extra costs associated with importing foreign workers this year is welcomed support. “We are finding that there are a lot of increased costs this year with COVID-19 and bringing in the employees, so having the extra money will […] Read more

Federal government to backstop TFW isolation with funding

Employers backed to provide mandatory two-week isolation

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farming and agrifood employers bringing temporary foreign workers (TFWs) to Canada will get per-worker support to make sure those employees can self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Monday announced up to $50 million for such employers to put such measures in place. As part of its response to the COVID-19 […] Read more


CFA seeks immediate cash for farmers

Farm and industry leaders say more needed beyond measures already announced

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Canadian Federation of Agriculture wants the federal government to provide immediate stimulus to farmers through business risk management (BRM) programs as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19. At a recent board meeting, the organization representing about 200,000 farmers across Canada passed motions calling for increased funding to the AgriInvest BRM program — and […] Read more

Grain Commission’s chief announces retirement

AAFC's review of Grain Act, and of CGC's future, continues

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is seeking a new chief commissioner. Patti Miller, who has held the position for three years, announced Tuesday to CGC staff that she will retire June 26. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) “will be launching an open, transparent and merit-based process to find a new commissioner as soon as possible,” […] Read more