Agriculture ministers reach five-year, $3-billion partnership

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay stands in the House of Commons during Question Period, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Monday November 14, 2016. (Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By The Canadian Press, July 21, 2017 

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Agriculture ministers signed a $3-billion partnership with Ottawa aimed at strengthening the industry and developing new markets as federal officials prepare for looming trade talks with the United States.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is intended to help the $100-billion sector come up with innovations to boost productivity, develop new trading partners and mitigate environmental issues.

The five-year plan, which comes into effect on April 1, 2018, was rolled out Friday at the close of two days of meetings between MacAulay and his provincial and territorial counterparts in St. John’s, N.L.

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