By Fadi Didi
Canadian Meat Council likes parts of the federal budget, as it includes funding to improve trade.
The Canadian Meat Council likes parts of the federal budget, because it includes funding to improve trade.
CMC President Chris White is offering congratulations to Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay for promoting trade.
He is particularly encouraged to see the federal government has committed $75 million over the next five years to increase the number of diplomats and trade commissioners in China and Asia.
White says the increased attention to China will help clear up the uncertainty the industry has with regards to bone-in beef and fresh chilled beef and pork products.
The Council was also pleased to see $16 million over three years added for Canada's Food Inspection Agency to strengthen (the) food safety system including oversight, and offshore prevention activities.
American farmers are worried they'll be caught in the crossfire of a trade war with one their largest export markets.
Producers are concerned China will retaliate after President Trump announced the U.S. would apply 25 and 10 percent tariffs to aluminum and steel imports, respectively.
China imported $12.4 billion worth of American soybeans in 2017 to feeds it swine herds.
Any disruptions to that trade relationship could hurt America's farmers.
The European Union is also considering tariffs on U.S. agricultural imports as a counterstrike to the tariffs on aluminum and steel.