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Policy Briefing: Agriculture
Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadian testing has found no evidence of pests in canola shipped to China. The Asian country says it revoked the export permit of one of Canada's largest canola processors because it found pests in canola samples from Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Trudeau team’s legacy on agriculture will be market access gains, says Minister Bibeau

News|Neil Moss
In a wide-ranging interview, Canada's new agriculture minister talks trade deals, supply management, carbon pricing, China's canola import limits, and being the first woman in the post.
High-yielding vertical farms and robotics are among the ways ag is using tech to improve.
News|Neil Moss
An ex-ambassador to China says the revoked export permit for one of the largest Canadian canola processors is the latest example of why Canada should diversify its international trading partners.
The committee has also recently been studying the impact of trade agreements on Canada’s supply-managed sectors.
Farm biodiversity and sustainability techniques have been shown to lower agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions and sequester more carbon than industrial farming practices.
Canada should engage China more comprehensively on non-tariff barrier issues that hinder agricultural trade.
Virtually all discussions and decisions about compensation or transition assistance in the event of economic disruption take place in reaction to strong lobbying, or based on political considerations.
Opinion|Kate Storey
We need to rebuild Canada’s neglected fruit, vegetable, and processing sectors. This diversification would make good economic and environmental sense.
A strong focus on trade and innovation will help Canadian farmers continue to grow their businesses and drive our economy.
Mandatory date labelling on all food products sold in Canada could be simplified, and date-marking options could be limited to two: expiration dates and 'best before' labels.
Data is a core asset for farmers, and Canada is lagging behind in putting policies in place to govern the digital agriculture world.
Despite being seen as a bit of an unknown by the agriculture community, Marie-Claude Bibeau hails from a Quebec riding with a heavy concentration of dairy farms.
Grit members of the House International Trade Committee recently blocked the foreign minister from appearing to talk about restoring Chinese market access for canola.

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