It’s our last day of broadcasting from San Antonio, Texas. On today’s show, hear: The top ag news stories of the day; An update from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, their current objectives, USMCA, labelling, and more, with John Masswohl, director of government and international relations; Breaking down trade, demand, and subsidies impacting the beef industry,… Read More

United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue held a press conference at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention this week in San Antonio, Texas, to talk about the U.S. government’s work on trade, dairy access, and more. As one of the biggest supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump’s agenda, Secretary Purdue boasted about the… Read More

Beef industry leaders from Canada, United States, and Mexico are meeting in San Antonio, Texas this week at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Convention. Representatives from all three countries discussed the progress on ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. With Mexico and the U.S. ratifying the deal, Canada is the lone country left… Read More

There’s not a lot of change between the existing North American Free Trade Agreement and the newly minted, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for Canada’s beef industry. And the political and producer group powers that be is OK with that but wants very much to see ratification move forward. In the absence of ratification, American and… Read More

Late last month, Canada became the fifth country to ratify the CPTPP. Australia then ratified shortly thereafter, triggering the 60-day countdown to this international trade deal moving to implementation. CPTPP has huge potential for Canada’s beef industry, says John Masswohl, director of government and international relations for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “The clouds have parted and we… Read More

Canada signed its name on the dotted line at the CPTPP signing ceremony in Chile on March 6th, 2018. But unfortunately, agriculture and other interested parties cannot afford to take pressure off the government. The deal will take effect when six of the eleven participating countries have ratified it. So if Canada drags its feet… Read More

Canada’s national cattle producer organization now includes representation from Quebec’s provincial cattle producer organization. Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec (PBQ) has officially become a member of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), announced PBQ chair Claude Viel, alongside the CCA’s Dan Darling and John Masswohl, at the provincial group’s annual general assembly in Quebec City… Read More

Whether the government brings forward small business tax change legislation, the U.S. closes the border to Canadian cattle, or a bill (i.e. C-49) ends up locked in the Senate and going nowhere fast, our industry associations and member-based organizations lobby for change on behalf of farmers. According to Wikipedia, lobbying is defined as: the act of attempting… Read More

Earlier this week, China agreed to expand access for Canadian beef, committing to establishing the documentation requirements and fully implementing the 2016 bone-in beef agreement. The country also agreed to establish a pilot project to allow chilled beef and pork imports from Canada. China agrees to pilot project for chilled Canadian beef and pork John… Read More

Canadians’ support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership has nearly doubled since early 2016, according to new survey results from the Angus Reid Institute. 59 percent of Canadians now say they support the TPP, up from 32 percent in Angus Reid’s last survey, conducted in early 2016. (The survey included a representative randomized sample of 1504 Canadian… Read More

 

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