File photo of a pedestrian crossing in front of the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in 2019.

Opinion: Canada’s work to reform WTO is good sign

The world trade order is wonky and floundering and needs leadership

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s efforts to reform the World Trade Organization are commendable. It is apparent more countries are deciding to turn inward rather than focusing on multilateral trade relationships. The United States, India, Italy and others have all taken actions domestically that have negatively impacted the ability of Canadian farmers to enter those markets. Canadian Agri-Food Trade […] Read more

Canada's Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Opinion: Bibeau’s value largely rests on ability to reform BRMs

Reading Time: 2 minutes The long-term value current federal Minister of Agriculture Marie Claude Bibeau will provide to farmers hinges largely on her ability to reform business risk management programming. That is a difficult and expensive task. Recall the current plan to reform business risk management (BRM) programs was made way back in 2017, at the same time Ottawa […] Read more

Feds put up $58.6 M for temporary foreign worker supports

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The federal government is announcing $58.6 million in new money to further support temporary foreign workers in Canada’s agricultural sector, it was announced July 31. Spending is expected to focus on health and safety of temporary foreign workers in Canada. Farmers will be eligible to access $35 million, administrated through Agriculture and […] Read more

Opinion: Ending carbon tax not an electable position for leadership candidates

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadians can be forgiven for offering little more than passing shrugs at the ongoing Conservative Party of Canada leadership race. The ongoing pandemic, the governing Liberals’ handling of it, and the WE Charity scandal side dish are consuming our attention. At least for me, the political and cultural fractures in the United […] Read more

Commodity groups and sector advocates recognize business risk management can realistically be changed.

Opinion: Business risk management reform remains possible

Reading Time: 3 minutes Among the long list of complaints to government from producers in recent months, their concern over business risk management programs has been the most consistent. Other grievances remain. The carbon tax is an irritant, but the now-futile campaign against it has lost steam throughout the pandemic. Lack of labour and access to foreign trade markets […] Read more

Canada has been involved in several international commitments to ensure trade continues with its partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WTO trade pledge applauded

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance is applauding the World Trade Organization for its commitment to stable international trade during the COVID-19 crisis. Canadian officials joined other WTO countries in committing to maintain essential global links during the pandemic. Why it matters: Maintaining strong trading relationships and open international markets is vital to […] Read more

Grain farmer attack ads come with risk

Many of the frustrations of grain farmers are with issues outside of COVID-19 impact

Reading Time: 3 minutes The tone of a new advertising campaign created by Grain Farmers of Ontario has created division in the agriculture sector during the COVID-19 crisis. “You’ve already seen the empty shelves. The food supply chain is breaking,” says the advertisement, which comes from Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO). A worried-sounding narrator talks about food shortages over […] Read more

Opinion: Federal government knew impact of CUSMA timing on dairy

Reading Time: 3 minutes The federal government is willing to let Canadian dairy producers lose out on millions of dollars as a result of the new trade deal with the United States and Mexico. When MPs in Ottawa listened to testimony from agricultural leaders on the passage of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in February, the bulk of concerns were […] Read more

A video screengrab from GFO’s ‘Canada's Food Supply Chain Is Breaking’ video published to YouTube on May 11, 2020.

Grain farmers target prime minister with attack ad

Grain farmers have not got same the funding attention from government as other sectors of the economy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario’s grain farmers have launched an ominous, American-style attack ad aimed at Canada’s prime minister. “You’ve already seen the empty shelves. The food supply chain is breaking,” says the advertisement, which comes from Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO). A worried-sounding narrator talks about food shortages over visuals of ramshackle barns. The ad (see below), which […] 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