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Agriculture Report

Ag Minister Heads to Great Lakes States

By Fadi Didi

Jeff Leal will advocate for agri-food trade between Ontario and the United States.

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Ontario's agriculture minister is heading to key Great Lakes states in the U-S to meet with government and business leaders in the agri-food sector.

Jeff Leal will advocate for agri-food trade between Ontario and the United States.

He will emphasize the importance of the two-way trading relationship defending the interests of farmers and processors, while maintaining the integrity of Canada's supply management system.

Ontario is also establishing a Minister's Advisory Committee on Agri-Food Trade, to provide advice and insight on the realities of the shared agri-food value chain.


The Trump administration is delaying a rule that would require organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards.

Former President Barack Obama's Agriculture Department announced the rule two days before he left office.
The regulations are designed to ensure that organically grown livestock have enough space to lie down, turn around and fully stretch their limbs.

Poultry would have enough room to move freely and spread their wings.

The rule was scheduled to go into effect in March but is now delayed until the Fall.

Farm groups opposing the rule say it could raise food prices and force farmers out of business.


The University of Saskatchewan is involved in a multimillion-dollar study with the goal of developing models that will predict floods and droughts across Canada.

It is working with the universities of Waterloo, McMaster and Wilfred Laurier to examine the watershed in the Rocky Mountains.

Professor John Pomeroy says climate change has sparked a number of years of higher-than-normal rain and snowfall in the mountains, and that's led to costly floods.

A lab has been set up in Canmore, Alberta, while a national water forecasting and prediction centre will be established in Saskatoon.


A visiting Mexican cabinet minister says the uncertainty caused by the Trump administration means Mexico and Canada need to look towards new non-American markets, including China.

Enrique de la Madrid Cordero was in Ottawa for meetings with the federal Liberals as the countries continue to grapple with the possibility of reopening the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The tourism minister echoed the view of Canada's central bank governor Stephen Poloz, which he delivered in a speech in Mexico City.

De la Madrid Cordero said Mexico is trying to diversify by looking to Canada, Latin America, Europe and China. 

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