Monday, August 16, 2010

Canada, U.S. to Set Up Working Group on Agricultural Trade


Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and his U.S. counterpart have agreed to set up a “high-level working group” they say will advance a “science-based” approach to global ag trade.

Such a group would help improve flows of ag goods between Canada and the U.S., improve “regulatory approaches” and “further strengthen the Canada-US approach to food safety,” Ritz and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a U.S. Department of Agriculture release...

Details of the working group are to be announced “at a later time,” USDA said.

The bilateral working group would “examine ways we can collaborate and promote more free exchange of agricultural products between our countries, and in markets around the globe,” Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, said in the release.

“The farmers and ranchers in the (U.S.) and Canada are among the most productive in the world, and they only benefit by reducing barriers to markets.”

“Canada and the U.S. already exchange over C$34 billion in agricultural products every year,” Ritz said in the release. “Working together, we can break down barriers overseas and expand the opportunities for Canadian and American farmers throughout the world.” Read more here.