Category: Opinion

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 »

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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 »

A young farmer’s letter to Bill Morneau

By: Guest Author

October 2, 2017

(photo courtesy Stewart Skinner)

Editor’s note: This letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau was submitted to RealAgriculture by Stewart Skinner, a young pig farmer from Listowel,...Read more »

Questions linger about U.S. commitment to completing new NAFTA deal

By: Kelvin Heppner

September 28, 2017

Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and U.S. Trade Secretary Robert Lighthizer making their closing statements after round three of NAFTA talks in Ottawa.

Negotiators are trying to ignore the politics and noise surrounding their attempt to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the big...Read more »

Ag minister avoids saying much on tax changes

By: Kelvin Heppner

September 15, 2017

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (file photo, AAFC)

With farmers, farm organizations, and accounting firms that work in agriculture voicing serious concerns about the federal government’s proposed...Read more »

Both MacAulay and Perdue need to step up for agriculture

By: Shaun Haney

September 11, 2017

MacAulay (centre), Perdue (right) and Mexico’s Jose Calzada enjoying some Georgia ice cream back in June (source: @SecretarySonny, Twitter).

Sonny Perdue and Lawrence MacAulay have their obvious differences. One is American and the other is Canadian. One has right wing politics and the...Read more »

Getting crunched: Government squeezes on farms are adding up

By: Andrew Campbell

September 6, 2017

I’m fortunate enough to get to meet all kinds of farmers. Usually when we meet, the conversation is a standard one. What’s the weather been like...Read more »

43% of equipment dealers believe their new equipment inventory is too high

By: Shaun Haney

August 25, 2017

Whether you are running a retail dress shop, bakery or a Best Buy, managing your inventory is critical to achieving financial success.  Having...Read more »

“We’ll probably end up terminating NAFTA” – President Trump

By: Shaun Haney

August 23, 2017

In a speech that reminded everyone that Donald Trump loves to campaign maybe even more than actually being President, the foundations of NAFTA could...Read more »

Building Canadian food and farming attitudes from the ground up

By: Bernard Tobin

August 22, 2017

84 percent of Canadians said they know little or nothing about GMOs in food in a recent Angus Reid poll.

What’s the value of public opinion? That’s a question I find myself asking more often these days. In a democracy, public opinion should matter...Read more »

Goodbye, Glen Murray — Ontario farmers will never forget you

By: Shaun Haney

August 1, 2017

Glen Murray

I thought goodbyes were supposed to be hard, and that they usually bring tears, hugs, and long waves of sorrow. Not always. Glen Murray’s...Read more »

President Trump says U.S. gained access into China for beef because he asked for it

By: Shaun Haney

July 18, 2017

China’s president during visit to Mar-a-Lago in April.

Negotiating trade deals to increase market access is typically not easy. Non-tariff barriers, thickening borders, and increased commerce bureaucracy...Read more »

Food Fear: A call for action

By: Guest Author

June 29, 2017

This editorial was written by Brenna Mahoney, director of communications and stakeholder relations for Cereals Canada. As I scrolled through my...Read more »

R-CALF rhetoric pushes to have COOL reinstated

By: Shaun Haney

June 23, 2017

Black angus cattle graze on a farm in the States. | USDA Photos by Lance Cheung, CC 2.0.

Montana-based cattle membership organization R-CALF has launched a multi-pronged attack to convince President Trump to reinstate mandatory country of...Read more »

Don’t mess with family — Perdue’s message to the rest of the Trump cabinet

By: Shaun Haney

June 23, 2017

Canadian Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay and U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue (source: @SecretarySonny, Twitter)

Blood is thicker than water, and you should never mess with family. As I look back on the trilateral meeting between the agricultural leaders from...Read more »