Food, Fuel and Free Trade was the focus of a panel discussion on Tuesday to a sold out crowd with Brad Wall and Frank McKenna at Canadian Western Agribition.

Former Premier Brad Wall says the Federal Government should be supported with regards to the way they reached out for assistance in dealing with the challenging US administration in order to get the USMCA done.

He notes he’s concerned by the de facto veto the U-S now has on trade deals with non-party countries like China.

“By the way, the effort should be continuing from the Federal Government down that free trade road, is my personal view. We obviously now have to make sure to keep the Americans in the loop because they clearly have got concerns, if we can address those along the way I don’t think that particular element of this deal precludes us from getting a formalized deal. It certainly doesn’t stop us from continuing to do what the Premier here has been doing, which is to press our interests to advance the industry’s opportunities and export chances for Saskatchewan, Canada, and Asia.”

The former Premier of New Brunswick, Frank McKenna says it’s important to reduce our dependency on the U-S adding that trying to get a free trade deal with countries like China is going to be challenging, which is why he agrees with the concept of sector agreements for now.

McKenna is also the Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States and says when it comes to the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement it was a good thing we got a deal.

He says there are a few nicks in it, but over a trillion dollars in trade is protected, noting however that ratification of the agreement could be a challenge.

“It’s going to go into the sausage factory in the United States now. We’ve got a different political party now controlling Congress, so it’s going to get confusing and complicated and they’ll be horse-trading and there’s no guarantee of anything. I suspect at the end of the day we’ll have some form of the current agreement.”

He notes if it doesn’t get through we’ll go back to the original NAFTA which always worked well for Canada.

In talking to the crowd at Agribition Wall also cautioned the group that Agriculture needs to learn from the negative branding that hit the energy sector giving all Canadian oil the unfair designation of being dirty oil.

He notes that same lead manifesto that calls for an end to oil and gas, and an end to mining is calling for an end to modern agriculture.

Wall says things that are not scientifically based but have a hipster appeal are being used to market against the interest of Agriculture.

“Consider that you can go to a store in Saskatchewan today and buy a finished product made from oats. The label on the oats will say GMO-free; there is not an oats crop that is GMO on the planet. That label is so powerful; the GMO-free label is so powerful, notwithstanding the fact that there isn’t any science that backs it up.”

He says, as a result, we’re seeing non-GMO crops or at least up the value chain using that label to sell a product.

Wall says the Agriculture industry needs to be aware of what’s being said and be ready to counter it.

More Ag News

USDA Releases 'Vanilla' Dec WASDE Report

'Vanilla' is the term being used to describe the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report. That from Dan Basse,…

Government Invests In Swine Health Surveillance

The Government of Canada has announced it will invest up to $1.5 million in the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) to adopt a virus detection system to support animal health. Funded under the Canadian…

Tight Supply Of Milling Oats Creating Market Upswing

There could be a lot more oats grown in western Canada next year. That according to John Duvenaud, publisher of the Wild Oats Grain Market Advisory. "The bulk of the oats are grown in Saskatchewan,…

Assiniboia Farmer Promoting Canadian Durum

The Canadian Wheat New Crop Missions 2018 are well underway. The missions are organized and coordinated through three organizations: Cereals Canada, Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) and…

CFA Welcomes Senate Committee's Report On Climate Change

In a report released Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry says the federal government must protect Canada’s agriculture and forestry sectors from rising costs associated with the…

McDonald's To Reduce Antibiotic Use

McDonald’s has announced a policy to reduce the overall use of antibiotics important to human health, which applies across 85% of the company's global beef supply chain. According to the World Health…

Canadian Meat Council Disputes Food Price Report Findings

The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) says the 2019 Canada Food Price Report, released last week, makes assumptions that the cost of meat is set to fall because Canadians are adopting plant-based diets.…

Autonomous Power Platform DOT Hits The Market Next Year

Farmers will be able to buy a driverless machine next year to use in their fields. The autonomous u-shaped power platform, dot, carries sprayer, grain cart, and seeder implements, and has been…

Humboldt Curling Club Thursday, Dec 13th Results

Humboldt Curling Club Thursday, Dec 13th Results Hergott Farm Equipment Thursday Night Men's League Cory Carter def. Gerard Pitzel Austin Kemper def. Aaron Fleischhacker Kim Jurgens def. Neil Weyland…

Midget AA Broncos Lose to North East

The Humboldt AA Midget Broncos hosted North East on Wednesday Night at the EPA and lost 5-3. Austin Berezowski, Jakob Atkinson, Luke Stadnyk scored the goals for the Broncos while Cody Bergermann… is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide