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Soy Canada Supports Budget 2017 Commitment to Growing Agri-Food Sector

March 23, 2017
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Soy Canada supports Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s intention, outlined in yesterday’s budget, to capitalize on the future growth of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.  The new 2017-18 fiscal plan outlines new export targets and spending programs designed to uncap the potential of the agriculture industry. The 2017 budget includes commitments to trade and getting agriculture products to market.  Soy…

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Soy Canada Plans Trade Mission to Indonesia and Japan

February 10, 2017
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From February 14-25, Soy Canada will travel to Indonesia and Japan on a market development mission to build on existing relationships and seek out new market opportunities. The mission marks Soy Canada’s first visit to Indonesia where the delegation will host two seminars and will have an opportunity to meet with importers, processors and feed manufactures.  Indonesia is a growing…

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Soy Canada Applauds AgFood Recommendations of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth

February 6, 2017
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Soy Canada is very pleased with the agriculture growth strategy outlined in a report released today by the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. The second report of the Council chaired by McKinsey Managing Partner Dominic Barton emphasizes the need to unleash the growth potential of Canada’s agriculture and food sector.  Specially, the study recommends that the federal government…

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Soy Canada Appears Before Parliamentary Agriculture Committee to Outline Next APF Priorities

November 17, 2016
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Soy Canada recently spoke to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food about the Canadian soybean sector’s  priorities for the next Agriculture Policy Framework set to come into force on April 1, 2018 Here is the text of the presentation given by Soy Canada Executive Director Jim Everson on November 17, 2016: Good morning Members.  It’s an honour to be invited…

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Soy Canada Completes Successful Trade Mission to China with Canada’s Minister of Agriculture

November 14, 2016
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Today, Soy Canada announced the completion of a very successful and productive visit to China as part of the Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay’s trade mission. The November 1-12 trade mission marked Soy Canada’s second market development visit to China and saw the delegation visit with a number of key Chinese soybean industry stakeholders in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.  Soy…

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Soy Canada Applauds Federal Government’s Commitment to Introduce Reciprocal Penalties in Service Level Agreements for Grain Transportation

November 3, 2016
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November 3, 2016 Soy Canada welcomed the Government of Canada’s announcement today that it will be introducing legislation to address major issues outstanding from the Canada Transportation Act Review. Specifically, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the government’s intention to bring forward legislation in the first quarter of 2017 that will establish reciprocal penalties for parties unfulfilling service level agreements. …

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Soy Canada Looks Forward to Trade Talks with China

September 22, 2016
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Ottawa – September 22, 2016 – Soy Canada today welcomed Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement of exploratory talks with China regarding free trade. “China is an important market for Canadian soybeans”, said Jim Everson, Executive Director of Soy Canada, “Canada’s trade with China can only benefit further from a more predictable trade environment and closer commercial relationships”. Prime Minister Trudeau and…

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Soy Canada Responds to European Commission’s Proposal to Amend Criteria for Endocrine Disruptors

August 9, 2016
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On July 28, Soy Canada submitted comments to the European Commission’s consultation process on its proposed amendment to criteria to identify endocrine disruptors for plant protection products.  The text of Soy Canada’s submission is below and can be viewed on the European Commission’s feedback webpage here:  https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares20163071834/feedback/F390_en   We are writing to submit comment on the European Commission’s (EC) proposed…

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New study shows soybeans add $5.6 billion to Canadian GDP

May 12, 2016
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The tremendous economic impact of Canada’s thriving soybean sector has been quantified in a first-of-its-kind national study, commissioned and released today by Soy Canada. The analysis by MNP LLP concludes soybeans now contribute $5.6 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product, as well as 54,000 full-time jobs across the nation. These benefits are generated by the significant growth in Canadian soybean…

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Soy Canada calls on the European Union to Honour Commitments in CETA Negotiations

April 29, 2016
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Soy Canada has asked the European Commission for a formal explanation of its delay in finalizing the approvals of three genetically modified (GM) soybean products.  In a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Soy Canada Chairman Mark Huston stresses that Canadian soybean producers will be seeding 2016 crop starting this week and should have access to the latest seed innovations. “Effectively, the EU Commission…

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Market Access Priorities Presented to Senate Standing Committee

April 27, 2016
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Soy Canada recently spoke to the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry about the Canadian soybean sector’s top challenges related to international market access. Here is the text of the presentation given by Soy Canada Executive Director Jim Everson by April 21, 2016: Good afternoon Senators. It is a pleasure to be here with you today to introduce Soy…

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Soy Canada Outlines TPP Benefits to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture & Agri-Food

April 21, 2016
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On April 18, 2016, Soy Canada Executive Director Jim Everson spoke to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food about the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the Canadian soybean sector. Here’s the text of his presentation: Good afternoon Members. It is a pleasure to be here with you today to introduce Soy Canada and the soybean industry’s perspective on…

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Soy Canada Completes Successful Trade Mission in Japan and South Korea

February 24, 2016
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Soy Canada commented today on its successful and productive trade mission to South Korea and Japan. The mission provided Soy Canada with the opportunity to showcase Canada’s soybean industry to critical markets and to promote soybeans and soy products abroad. This marked Soy Canada’s first market development mission to South Korea at a time when industry is working hard to…

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Canadian Soybean Industry to Benefit from Trans-Pacific Partnership

October 5, 2015
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The Government of Canada today announced the successful conclusion of negotiations regarding the TransPacific Partnership, an international trade agreement worth billions to the Canadian economy and of particular importance to the agriculture and agrifood export sectors. “The TPP is a very good agreement for Canada’s soybean sector,” says Jim Everson, Executive Director of Soy Canada. “The agreement provides an open,…

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Soy Canada supports a TPP agreement that improves access for Canadian Soybeans

September 29, 2015
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Soy Canada is encouraged by the momentum building towards the successful conclusion of talks surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Canadian ministers and several industry representatives arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, this week in an effort to reach a deal that will significantly impact the estimated $31.2 billion in annual Canadian exports to TPP countries. “Soy Canada supports a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that…

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Soy Canada names Lyndsey Smith as Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations

September 3, 2015
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Soy Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyndsey Smith to the role of Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations. Lyndsey, a familiar name and face to many in the agricultural industry, is a seasoned agricultural communicator, most recently serving as the first-ever editor of RealAgriculture.com. Her move to Soy Canada follows an extensive career in agriculture media, where she…

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Federal investment supports soybean sector growth

June 25, 2015
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Today’s announcement of a $358,175 federal investment in Canada’s soybean industry will play an important role in industry efforts to expand markets, Soy Canada confirmed today. “The federal government’s strong support for building new markets and maintaining market access will be very valuable to the soybean sector,” said Jim Everson, Executive Director of Soy Canada. “As acreage and production of soybeans…

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Soy Canada comments on report on Manitoba soybean processing

June 10, 2015
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Soy Canada today welcomed the release of a report on the feasibility of establishing soybean processing capacity in Manitoba. “The report confirms that the growing production of soybeans in western Canada offers the potential of more economic growth and infrastructure investment,” said Jim Everson, Executive Director of Soy Canada. The report was commissioned by the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers…

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Soy Canada welcomes EU approval of soybean biotechnology innovation

June 10, 2015
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Soy Canada today welcomed the European Commission’s decision to approve ten new, innovative biotechnology products for food and seed use import including four soybean events that will be directly beneficial to Canadian soybean producers and industry. “It’s very good news for Canada’s soybean sector,” said Jim Everson, Executive Director of  Soy Canada, “European approval of these products allows Canadian producers…

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Soy Canada comments on the EU’s proposal to allow member states to reject imports of approved biotechnology crops

June 10, 2015
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Soy Canada expressed its disappointment today in the European Commission’s proposal to allow individual member states to prohibit the import and use of food and feed derived from biotechnology that have been approved on the basis of rigorous scientific assessment. “The EU’s proposal is a major step away from the predictable, trade facilitative environment that Canada and Europe have committed…

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Video: Chair Mark Huston on BNN

June 10, 2015
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On March 30th, Soy Canada Chair Mark Huston appeared on a BNN television segment called “Soybeans Invade Western Canada.” You can watch it on BNN.ca here.

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Video: Congratulations to the FPCCQ on their 40th anniversary

June 10, 2015
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Soy Canada’s Executive Director Jim Everson congratulates the FPCCQ on their 40th anniversary.

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