Federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay has wrapped up a successful trade mission to Western Europe.
MacAulay says he strengthened farm trade ties with the European Union this week, with stops in Spain, Belgium and Italy.
MacAulay met with industry and government officials to advance market access opportunities for Canadian agricultural products in the European Union.
He says farm exports are up 133 million dollars in the first ten months of the Canada-European trade agreement.
MacAulay expressed concern about a significant drop in Canadian durum sales to Italy after the Italians adopted country of origin labelling for pasta.
MacAulay says Canadian officials are continuing to work with Italian officials for changes to the labelling rules.
MacAulay also repeated a promise to provide compensation to dairy farmers for concessions made in the European and U.S.-Mexico trade deals.
MacAulay also says he will go to China this fall to discuss farm trade.