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Agriculture Report

US Protectionism Could be Good for Canada

By Al Parrish

European Union's ag minister says it means European companies will look for opportunities in Canada.


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The European Union's agriculture minister says the protectionist approach of the U-S  government means European companies are looking to exploit new opportunities in Canada.

Phil Hogan is leading a trade mission of 60 mainly European food and drink companies to a major industry event in Toronto this week.

Hogan says the European business delegation stayed home while he was in Washington last week for talks with U-S officials.

His visit comes after Canada's Trade Minister pushed the same trade diversification message on a trade mission to China last week where he had Canadian softwood lumber representatives in tow.

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Ontario's opposition parties claim the new Ontario budget has a smaller amount of money dedicated to agriculture.

But the provinces Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal says that is wrong.

Leal says the line budget for 2017-18 is 949 million dollars, which is an increase of 33 million from the previous year.

He says critics are using numbers from an interim budget, where there was extra money for one-time funding for a drought in several regions of the province.

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With the U.S. maple syrup season wrapping up, Vermont producers are expecting yields approaching last year's record even after they contended with fluctuating weather.

Vermont is the leading maple syrup state in the U-S, producing a record 1.9 million gallons of syrup last year.

This season's official tally from the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn't come out until June.

But a Vermont maple specialist says producers who tapped early to take advantage of unusual warmups during January and February had an average season.

He says overall production in the state was strong because of an increase in the number of taps.
 


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