The CCA works to address issues on the domestic front to enhance industry competitiveness.
Growing Forward 2
The July Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ag Ministers meeting indicates some progress is being made regarding CCA policy on programs under Growing Forward 2 (GF2). The CCA has been lobbying for several years to see price insurance availability expanded beyond Alberta. This is a useful risk management tool that should be more widely available. Increasing its availability will reduce interprovincial differences in programs available to cattle producers. Price insurance also addresses some of the imbalance present in risk management options available to grain producers versus what is available to cattle producers. Improved forage and pasture insurance is also needed to better level the playing field between annual crops and perennial crops. The CCA has worked with the federal and provincial governments on this file and looks forward to seeing new and improved programs rolling out.
Since BSE CCA has lobbied for solid disaster planning and programming. AgriRecovery events of the past several years have pointed out gaps in business risk management programs. Work remains to improve the business risk management portion of GF2 to be able to manage future disaster events. The CCA continues to work with federal and provincial governments in making the most of the other areas of GF 2. CCA believe that triggers should be clearly defined and science-based. This will improve the transparency and predictability of the program, and will enable producers to make timely decisions.
In CCA’s view, AgriStability will work better for all producers by redefining or temporarily eliminating the viability test, eliminate caps and allow producers to calculate reference margins on Olympic average or last three years.
Red Tape Reduction
The CCA continues its effort with the U.S. to implement the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) action plans that can reduce red tape and cut costs to export to the U.S.
Initiatives under the RCC launched in 2011 by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama included roadmaps to achieve implementation of electronic border clearances, improved approval processes for veterinary drugs and other regulatory streamlining that will improve the competitiveness of the Canadian and U.S. meat sector.
The CCA remains committed to improving and enhancing our traceability system, but believes timelines and methods must be considered carefully to ensure that we don’t simply add another regulatory cost that will leave Canadian producers less competitive.