Canadian Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently met to discuss the countries' joint agricultural interests, reported the USDA.

Topics on deck included global agricultural trade, border flows, regulatory approaches and food safety. "Canada and the United States already exchange over CA$34 billion in agricultural products every year," said Ritz. "Working together, we can break down barriers overseas and expand the opportunities for Canadian and American farmers throughout the world."

The two also discussed cooperative efforts on priority markets for beef and other high-value agriculture products and the revitalization of the rural economy. Key points included the need to promote a strong renewable fuels sector in both countries and implement and strengthen the organic equivalency standards and the Global Research Alliance.