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Policy Briefing: Agriculture
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, pictured at the Cattlemen's Association event on the Hill in September 2016. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

‘We’re the fifth largest exporter of food in the world, and the global demand is growing,’ Ag Minister MacAulay eyes opening Chinese market

‘That market is there, it is opening continually, it’s awfully important that we have the proper innovation policies in place,’ Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says.
Food processing gaps, transportation weaknesses, and varying industry-imposed quotas in provinces are some of the hurdles preventing Canada from being a global leader in the food industry, say those within the sector.
Opinion|Shelley King
The way we think about farming is changing. Canada’s agri-business is poised to take the lead.
Promising opportunities lie ahead for Canada’s agriculture and food industry. Farm incomes and balance sheets remain robust, and rising population and incomes will continue to drive demand for our world-class food.
During the election campaign, the Liberals promised compensation for farmers. When they came to power, the tone changed.
Feature|Denis Calnan
'I think the beef industry is going to face a major challenge in learning how to adapt,' says Evan Fraser from the University of Guelph.
Takeover could improve reputation of bio-tech companies in the agri-food industry, but could also shift costs to farmers and leave powerful intellectual property in the hands of few big businesses, experts say.
Rural leaders need to step up and scream that the burden cannot fall on those who are most vulnerable to carbon taxes—rural families and agriculture.

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