Canada's Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, has concluded his agricultural outreach mission to Europe. During his trip, he visited Spain, Belgium and Italy.

"The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is providing increased market access for a wide range of our high-quality agricultural products," said MacAulay. "There are great opportunities available for our Canadian farmers and food processors in the European markets which will help strengthen our agriculture sector, grow our economy, and create more good paying jobs for Canadians."

In Brussels, he met with Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, to discuss agricultural opportunities and approaches to resolving market access irritants.

In Spain, MacAulay had a bilateral meeting with the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas. He also met with key agri-food investors and participated in industry roundtables.

In Italy, he led three roundtable discussions on trade: one with the Italian grain industry which included stakeholder groups from Canada, and two others with Italian farmer organizations. Italy's country of origin labelling on pasta was a key topic of discussion, as exports of Canadian durum have been severely limited since the requirements came into effect over a year ago.

In Rome, MacAulay met with José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to discuss Canada's priorities and reiterate the need for the FAO to provide a neutral venue for engagement on challenging topics related to innovation in the agriculture sector.

Since the implementation of CETA one year ago, trade between Canada and the EU has increased by nearly 10%.

 

 

More Ag News

MacAulay Wraps Up U.S. Visit

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has wrapped up a successful visit to the United States, making stops in Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. MacAulay took part at the United…

Considerations When Shopping For Your Next Bull

Beef producers are looking for their new herd sires this time of year. Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) Research and Innovation Coordinator, Stacey Domolewski, says there's no one type of bull…

Snow Causes Shut Down At Simplot's Portage Potato Facility

The build-up of snow and ice on the roof at Simplot's potato processing facility just west of Portage la Prairie has led to a shutdown. Josh Jordan is a Senior Communications Manager for the J.R.…

MPSG Looking For On-Farm Research Participants

Last year, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) conducted over 70 on-farm research trials across the province. On-Farm Specialist Greg Bartley talked about their focus this year. "We have a…

Tilray To Acquire Manitoba Harvest

Cannabis producer Tilray Inc., based in Nanaimo, B.C., has announced a deal to acquire Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million dollars in cash and stock. Manitoba Harvest was founded in 1998 and is…

CFIA Publishes Amendments To Health Of Animals Regulations On Animal Transportation

On Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations on animal transportation. The overall objective is that animals arrive at their…

MacAulay To Speak At USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay will be in Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., this week. He will meet with United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Mexican…

Corteva Agriscience Acquires Clearfield Canola In Canada And U.S.

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, announced that it has acquired the Clearfield Canola Production System in Canada and the United States from BASF. Clearfield canola is a…

New Corn Growing Manual Available

The Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has released an updated manual for growing corn entitled “Field Corn Production in Manitoba - A Guide for Crop Management and Agronomy”. The manual was…

Important To Monitor Sow Body Condition

It's important for hog producers to pay close attention to the body condition of their sows. Dr. Mark Knauer, swine extension specialist with North Carolina State University, spoke about the issue…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Login