Category: Ag Policy

“Africa’s Norman Borlaug” receives 2017 World Food Prize

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 20, 2017

Akinwumi Adesina receiving the 2017 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday. (Source: The World Food Prize)

The president of the African Development Bank Group and former minister of agriculture for Nigeria received the 2017 World Food Prize in Des Moines,...Read more »

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AgriTalk — A Canadian invasion to discuss trade breakdown

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 19, 2017

RealAg’s Shaun Haney had the chance to be the guest host on AgriTalk, the leading U.S. agriculture radio program, filling in for Mike Adams on...Read more »

Liberals drop capital gains plans in latest damage control attempt

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 19, 2017

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay behind him, announcing the latest changes to the Liberals’ tax proposal on Thursady (screenshot via Facebook Live)

With a tractor and bales as a backdrop, Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the latest in a series of political damage control announcements regarding...Read more »

Liberals announce $50,000 threshold on passive investment income

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 18, 2017

Finance Minister Morneau and Prime Minister Trudeau at Pastaggio Italian Eatery in Stouffville, Ontario on October 16, 2017. (courtesy PMO)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau made a second announcement regarding changes to the Liberals’ small business tax proposal on Wednesday, focusing on...Read more »

On NAFTA: the U.S. is not negotiating, it’s making demands

By: Shaun Haney

October 18, 2017

(Photo by Gage Skidmore; Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

As round four of the NAFTA talks comes to a close, you have to wonder why it took the U.S. this long to finally come around to the stiff demands laid...Read more »

A possible win for farmers, another blow for Bill Morneau

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 17, 2017

Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Morneau announce changes to the small business tax rate at Pastaggio Italian Eatery in Stouffville. October 16, 2017. (Source: PMO)

This was probably not the scenario Bill Morneau envisioned when he decided to leave his Bay Street executive position and run for the Liberals in the...Read more »

Canada rejecting aggressive demands, while refusing to walk away from NAFTA talks

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 17, 2017

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaking to media at the end of the third round of NAFTA talks in Ottawa.

The tone surrounding NAFTA negotiations certainly turned during the fourth round of talks, which wrapped up Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia....Read more »

CFA calls federal tax announcement a “step in the right direction”

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 16, 2017

The federal government’s announcement that it will reduce the small business tax rate over the next two years and cancel plans for new restrictions...Read more »

Liberals drop plan to restrict lifetime capital gains exemptions

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 16, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger took a quick trip to...Read more »

U.S. dairy request a ‘non-starter,’ says ag minister

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 16, 2017

A G7 ag minister family photo —
Canadian Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay (6th from left) between his counterparts from the U.S. and Italy following this weekend’s G7 ag meeting in Italy.

American requests for changes to Canada’s supply management system for dairy and poultry are a “non-starter,” said Canada’s agriculture...Read more »

U.S. tables dairy proposal in NAFTA talks

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 13, 2017

The U.S. introduced its much-anticipated proposal regarding dairy during NAFTA negotiations on Friday, although it did not contain an explicit...Read more »

Four scenarios if Trump tries to pull out of NAFTA

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 13, 2017

President Trump signing an executive order for “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” on April 25th, 2017. USDA photo by Preston Keres.

The tone surrounding the negotiations to update NAFTA has taken a gloomy turn, especially for agriculture, with a growing consensus that there’s a...Read more »

Energy East pipeline cancellation an opportunity lost for rural Canada

By: Shaun Haney

October 12, 2017

A pipeline worker inspects a pipeline (source: CEPA).

Last week TransCanada Corp announced its withdrawal from the 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline project in Canada. The cancellation of...Read more »

Seeing safety as the ‘sustainability imperative’

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 10, 2017

Gord Winkel, facilitator for Alberta’s AgCoalition on farm safety.

Gord Winkel’s occupational history revolves largely around Alberta’s oil sands, having managed operations for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil and...Read more »

U.S. expected to come out swinging in round four of NAFTA talks

By: Shaun Haney

October 7, 2017

The first three rounds of the three city touring NAFTA talks have seen many handshakes, a few trials balloons and agreement on predictable texts....Read more »