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

China had been a major buyer of Canadian soybeans, but shipments to the Asian country fell off dramatically in 2018 after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the American government.  Photo: Reuters/Bryan Woolston

Canada has new top soybean buyer

Iran purchased 383,000 tonnes of soybeans from January to the end of September, worth $181 million

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – In 10 seconds or less, name the Number One buyer of Canadian soybeans in 2020. Japan? The United States? China? The answer is Iran. Why it matters: Canada has struggled to replace soybean demand from China since it disappeared in 2019. From January to the end of September, Iran bought 383,000 tonnes […] Read more

Biden transition team holds talks with biofuel groups -sources

Reading Time: < 1 minute New York | Reuters – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has held calls with biofuel groups on topics including compliance with U.S. biofuel blending laws and Biden’s low-carbon climate vision, according to two sources familiar with the conversations. The discussions with biofuel trade groups as well as POET, a top company in the cellulosic […] 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

Some foreign workers are stranded in Canada this winter without a way to get back home.

Poll says Canadians support path to residency for foreign workers

Close to 80 per cent had a positive response to the idea of permanent residency for foreign workers

Reading Time: 2 minutes A survey commissioned by two Canadian senators says that more than eight in 10 Canadians would support or somewhat support providing a way for temporary migrant workers to remain in Canada. The poll was conducted by Nanos Research and was commissioned by Senator Rob Black, an Ontario senator with close ties to agriculture, and Senator […] Read more

Most of Canada’s agri-food exports to China are bulk commodities like canola, wheat and pork. Those are easy to block and have few Chinese defenders, since they are easily swapped out for other exporters’ products.

Specialized trade policies advised for Canada

Report says Canada needs one approach for the U.S. and China and another for rules-based trading nations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada should adopt separate strategies to deal with trade issues involving the United States and China, and a third approach for more rules-based trading nations, says a new report by Agri-Food Economic Systems. Why it matters: The U.S. and China have focused on their relationship with each other and that means challenges […] Read more


China’s vast population makes food security an issue for it and an opportunity for Canada.

Canada, China have reasons to re-engage on trade

Canada has in the past gone its own way on trade with Asia, says a Canada West Foundation report

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It might not seem like it, but Canada and China need each other. That could be an opening to re-engage with Canada’s second-largest agricultural export customer, says a new report from the Canada West Foundation. In many ways it’s an obvious match. Canada consistently produces a lot more food than it consumes […] 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