Implementing legislation for the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is now in Parliament.  Canada has a chance to demonstrate much-needed leadership and cooperation on trade with like-minded global partners.  It is imperative for Parliament to pass this legislation before its summer recess. This agreement will unlock valuable trade opportunities all while enhancing prospects for the growth and diversification of Canadian agriculture. 

There is a common adage in agriculture “wheat is fourteen percent protein and eighty-six percent politics.” This was often applied in the era of debates over marketing, but it can still be fit today on many issues in agriculture. This is unfortunate and it comes at a cost. 

It has been said by quite a few people that organizations are best defined by what they oppose versus what they support.  That seems like too cynical of a view of the world.  I want to talk about what we stand for.

The 2017 New Crop Mission’s Team Canadian Wheat visited Canada’s top customers and provided them with technical data and support.  Who are Canada’s top customers?  Some of the answers, like Japan will be no surprise to anyone, but many would not expect to see one of our newest top customers, Nigeria on the list.

Organized by Cereals Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission and the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI), the 2017 New Crop Missions will visit 18 countries, each of which are Canada’s top customers for wheat.  Our first stop is with the millers in Canada and the U.S.  It is often forgotten that our most important customers are on the North American continent.

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