US and Canada agriculture ministers to meet Friday over potato import ban

Canada’s agriculture minister and U.S. counterparts from both parties will meet to discuss the U.S. import ban on P.E.I. potatoes Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development said. The meeting in Whitehorse,…

US and Canada agriculture ministers to meet Friday over potato import ban

Canada’s agriculture minister and U.S. counterparts from both parties will meet to discuss the U.S. import ban on P.E.I. potatoes Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development said.

The meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, will take place at the same time the U.S. Congress is in recess, a spokeswoman said.

There is no resolution yet on how to deal with the ban as Canadian officials have suggested the potatoes could be out for six months before they are allowed back into the United States.

The ban was put in place last month over concerns about the presence of pesticides on potatoes from the Canadian province.

P.E.I. potato farmers are pushing the U.S. ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, to secure their return and are criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government for not doing enough to help, with one, Peter Burrell, saying the new U.S. administration has acted “like a bullying child.”

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