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How prairie farmers can learn from Quebec

Just 15 percent of the nation's farms are in Quebec, while 26 percent are in Ontario and 46 percent are on the Prairies. Farming is...

New grain transportation bill prompts cheers among farmers

Former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who said the bill “got most of it right,” called that change troubling. “I'm not sure how you make that...

Trudeau, Trump relationship begins on cordial grounds

(subscription)Former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz went as far as to say Trump “takes this stuff with a very thin skin” when asked Feb. 9...

Liberals nix summer meetings on import issues…

(subscription)3 at the request of Conservative MP Randy Hoback, a demand that was backed by fellow Conservatives Gerry Ritz and Dave Van Kesteren and...

Churchill port hit by new grain realities

(subscription)Saskatchewan MP and former Conservative federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the OmniTrax decision is unfortunate but not completely unexpected. With capacity added to...

Transportation stakeholders not wooed by…

(subscription)Farmers and provincial agriculture ministers aren't the only ones baffled by the process thus far. Upon hearing Saskatchewan and Manitoba's agriculture ministers haven't talked...

Cleavers decision not serving farmers

(subscription)A cleaver infestation of only five percent (a minor infestation) potentially costs growers hundreds of millions of dollars. Gerry Ritz, former federal agriculture minister...

From the Archives: Liberal MP urges three prairie pools to amalgamate

(subscription)Gerry Ritz planned to table a private member's bill that would allow farmers selling their wheat to a producer-owned valued-added operation to bypass the...

Freight rate study favouring CWB draws fire

(subscription)Former Conservative agriculture minister Gerry Ritz also questioned the paper's findings, saying the numbers presented were wrong. “The problem with the whole thesis that...

Be willing to open your mind to new ideas

(subscription)Eventually, he'll need to make some decisions, even though you can never please everyone. MacAulay's approach thus far is in stark contrast to the...

First Liberal budget should raise Canadians'…

(subscription)The Agriculture Market Access Secretariat was formed in 2009 by then agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. Its aim is to provide a single access point...

US farm official still holds out hope for…

(subscription)Former Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz is one of those who believes it will be impossible to forge a deal when all 160 WTO...

Researcher's push for wise use of insecticides…

(subscription)Diane Finley, the federal Conservative party's agriculture critic, was explaining during an election debate how her party could oppose the Canadian Wheat Board mon-opoly...

Sheep not included in COOL repeal

Canadian Cattlemen (subscription)Neither the former Conservative government nor the current Liberal one have battled for the sheep industry, he said. “We've been trying to get...

Ag sector wants Trudeau to stand up for Canada on…

Manitoba Co-operator (subscription)Prime minister Justin Tru-deau's plan to improve relations with the United States just got bit more complicated. The World Trade Organization ruled Dec.

Supply management, TPP deal possible election…

(subscription)Maxime Bernier, the minister of state for agriculture, was recently greeted at his campaign office by more than 1,000 dairy farmers demanding supply management...

Key agriculture issues heat up as summer sessions get underway

- The Western ...Western Producer (subscription)Both Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart and federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz have said they are monitoring the dry...

Push is on to get outstanding legislation through…

(subscription)The sun is shining, the tulips are blooming and members of Parliament in Ottawa are counting down the weeks until the House of Commons...

Ritz's remarks draw response

(subscription)In Sean Pratt's story titled “Industry slow to defend GMOs, says ag minister,” federal agriculture minster Gerry Ritz described his struggle to combat misinformation...

Peace River dam clears environmental hurdle

(subscription)The same day, federal environment minister Leona Aglukkaq issued a news release expressing similar views. A joint review panel report released earlier in the...

Farm groups take aim at Agricultural Growth Act,…

(subscription)Farm groups have anticipated the Agricultural Growth Act since federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz first tabled it in the House of Commons last December.

Grain group wants tough penalties for railways

Businessweek (subscription)The offices of federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and federal transport minister Lisa Raitt declined an interview request, but confirmed in an email that...

Government's change on railway penalty a typo…

(subscription)“Mr. Speaker, the honourable member may have missed it, but in my opinion I would say this is the best agriculture minister (Gerry Ritz)...

Railway fined for delays

(subscription)Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said in a statement that the decision to levy fines against CN proves Ottawa is taking the situation seriously...

All eyes on how Ottawa handles challenges to…

(subscription)Just days after Parliament's return from summer break, the government's Fair Rail for Grain Farmer's Act was facing its first real test: Canadian National...

It's back to work for MPs — when not making…

(subscription)The federal government, under the direction of agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and transport minister Lisa Raitt, will also have to re-examine the current mandatory...

Grain movement situation on top of mind as harvest comes in

(subscription)With harvest '14 underway across the Prairies, all eyes are focused on getting that grain to market. Last winter's transportation backlog (caused by frigid...

Canada gets Full beef access to Jamaican Market

(subscription)“Our government continues to work with industry to open new markets to increase exports of our top-class beef,” federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said.

New rules insist on labels for tenderized beef

(subscription)Beef that has been mechanically tenderized must be officially labelled as such, effective Aug. 21, and must include instructions for safe cooking. Federal health...

Supply issues mean America's COOL attitude is…

WNAX (subscription)Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has repeatedly said COOL is “a political solution to a problem that never existed.” Slews of Canadian politicians, lobbyists, farmers...

Rail volumes increased, service rules tightened

(subscription)1 by federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz, include another federal order requiring Canada's major railways to each haul a minimum of 536,000 tonnes of...

Consumers have dim view of agriculture

(subscription)Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and his provincial counterparts released a statement following their meeting in Winnipeg praising federal and regional efforts to foster...

Farm community must live up to its…

(subscription)Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz continually refers to the promotion of a “science-based approach” in trade negotiations or trade disputes, like U.S. country-of-origin labelling and...

Federal government puts transportation review…

(subscription)Federal transport minister Lisa Raitt has announced the statutory review of Canadian transportation legislation will take place a year ahead of schedule. The government...

Maple Leaf says foreign worker reforms difficult

(subscription)Their kids are now thriving.” Davidson said leaders of Canada's meat processing industry have asked for a meeting with Kenney to clarify details and...

Hearings on changes to Plant Breeders Rights Act…

(subscription)Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz had indicated that he would like to see the bill enacted before the beginning of the 2014-15 crop year,...

Neonicotinoids: to ban or not to ban, that is the…

(subscription)When longtime Conservative MP Rona Ambrose was named Canada's health minister last July, it's unlikely she was expecting one of her most controversial files...

MPs head home for summer, but agriculture issues…

(subscription)While emergency legislation — the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act — passed in late May, none of the bill's supporting draft regulations had...

Railways exceed car requirements

(subscription)Mongeau said the railway has fulfilled a promise made to federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz that CN would move 4,500 carloads of grain per...

Grain shipments flowing again

(subscription)Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said measures taken by Ottawa to ensure better grain movement are having the intended effect. The recent passage of...

Canada between rock and hard place over COOL

(subscription)Canada appears to be on the edge of unusual trade relation territory with the United States. Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has said that...

GM apple meets vocal opposition in BC

(subscription)Letnick said in a May 30 interview that he had discussed concerns about the Arctic Apple, conveyed to him by B.C. fruit growers, with...

Science of numbers often falls victim to rhetoric…

(subscription)Even agriculture, an industry known for its precise yield and acreage data, was faced with a numbers glitch last winter as the federal government,...

BC funding dedicated to PED prevention

(subscription)Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz emphasized the importance of biosecurity in his remarks. “Vigilance towards PED is key to reducing its impact on the...

Stalling of plant breeders' rights bill…

(subscription)Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz introduced the bill last December. If passed, the bill would see Canada sign onto UPOV 91, the international plant breeder's...

Trade deals take centre stage

(subscription)Federal international trade minister Ed Fast heralded the government's commitment to trade deals, laying out the differences between current deals and explaining why country-to-country...

Sask. creates fund to help prevent, cope with PED

(subscription)No cases have been confirmed in the province, but the fund will be in place to help offset costs of disease containment, mortality management,...

Bill seeks medical history on horses for slaughter

(subscription)Pierre Lemieux, parliamentary secretary to agriculture minister Gerry Ritz, said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has strict protocols for bute, and any “horse with...

Sask. wants stricter rules for railways

(subscription)Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has said the lower figure is standard. However, Stewart said that amount doesn't seem to persuade the railways to...

Rail service bill praised, panned

(subscription)“This legislation creates the necessary tools to help ensure Canadian shippers have access to a world class logistics system that gets their commodities to...