Calgary, AB - The Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is taking place from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With numerous challenges confronting the global trade environment, members of the International Beef Alliance (IBA) continue to urge Ministers to agree on a path to achieve meaningful trade reforms that lead to liberalization of the global trading environment, while protecting beef producers’ livelihoods. In this regard, we strongly encourage Ministers to reduce or eliminate the use of trade-distorting agricultural subsidies (amongst other production and market distorting measures).
Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program is pleased to announce the mentors for the 2017-18 year. In keeping with the exceptional mentoring opportunities the program is known for, the selected industry experts will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to the 16 finalists to be mentored this year. The 2017-2018 Mentors and Mentees are:
Taylor Grafton (BC) & Mentor Mike Munton
Allan Hjertaas (AB) & Mentor John Griswold
Andrea Haywood-Farmer (BC) & Mentor Emily Murray
Melissa Lee (AB) & Mentor Clint Morasch
Alecia Karapita (BC) & Mentor Rob Smith
Cale Toews (AB) & Mentor Dr.
Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Vice President David Haywood-Farmer was in Beijing today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne as some long awaited and very welcome news for Canadian beef producers was delivered. Building on the work achieved during Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s recent agricultural trade mission to China, Prime Minister Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced agreement to expand access for Canadian beef into China. China will allow the importation of Canadian fresh-chilled beef in a pilot project, and establish the documentation to enable bone-in beef trade.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is encouraged by the significant progress made at the Ministerial meeting of the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries in Da Nang, Vietnam this week. Although it was hoped an agreement would be reached today, the complexities of the negotiations are such that additional work will be required before the trade deal can be concluded. It is the CCA’s hope that negotiations resume quickly to maintain the momentum achieved this week.
Members of the International Beef Alliance (IBA), comprising the cattle producer organizations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, and the United States, met in Paraguay from 15-20 October 2017. With numerous challenges confronting the global trade environment, the Alliance reconfirmed its commitment to trade reform and liberalization, sustainable beef production and ensuring confidence amongst global beef consumers – principles which are vital to all members (who represent over 60 percent in volume of all global beef trade).
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) commends the Government of Canada for revisiting the changes outlined in the Tax Planning Using Private Corporations proposal. This week, revisions to the original July 18 proposal were announced that aim to address the significant concerns raised by the CCA on behalf of the farm families that run Canada’s 60,000 beef operations. Amendments will be made to the three identified areas of concern to farm families: income sprinkling, passive investment inside private corporations and converting income into capital gains. A reduction in the small business tax rate was also announced.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) notes with interest the provisional implementation of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). As of today, European beef is duty free in the Canadian market and new duty-free quotas will be available for Canadian beef entering the EU market. The Canadian beef industry has long supported the CETA and its massive market potential based on the elimination of EU import tariffs and resolution of technical barriers.
The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 16 finalists for the 2017-2018 CYL term. The 2017 Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) proved to once again be an excellent setting for the selection of the newest crop of CYL participants. On August 15, 24 young beef enthusiasts from across Canada gathered at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park in Calgary, AB to showcase their knowledge and passion for the Canadian beef industry, in the hopes of being named one of 16 2017-2018 CYL Finalists.