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Volume 21 Issue 07 • February 4, 2019

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CCA talks trade at trilateral leaders' meeting at NCBA convention

CCA President addressing the trilateral leaders meeting in New Orleans. CCA President Haywood-Farmer (R) with fellow cattle producer organization presidents, NCBA’s Kevin Kester (L) and CNOG's [Mexico] Oswaldo Chazaro. Photo Credit: CCA
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President David Haywood-Farmer led the Canadian delegation at the trilateral leaders’ meeting during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in New Orleans, LA, last week.

Haywood-Farmer expressed CCA’s pleasure that the NAFTA/U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations had concluded and that Canada had implemented the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Canada-EU Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).

He also stated CCA’s desire that the three countries will move quickly to implement the new USMCA without disruption and that we should focus work on addressing regulatory matters. NCBA reported that it will be difficult for the new Democratic controlled House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi to cooperate with the Trump Administration and therefore swift passage of legislation to implement USMCA will be a challenge. NCBA will work to keep the existing NAFTA in place until conditions are right to implement the new agreement. All agreed that U.S. withdrawal from the existing NAFTA without implementation of USMCA would be a disaster for the beef sector and should not be a strategy that the Administration pursues. That said, President Trump’s threat to withdraw the U.S. as a tactic to pressure the Congress should be taken seriously. In the meantime, all three cattle producer associations should continue to express the value of the USMCA to our respective governments.

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CCA attends American Farm Bureau meetings

CCA President David Haywood-Farmer and staff Fawn Jackson attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual convention in New Orleans, LA January 11-14, 2019. Numerous trade discussions took place throughout the convention, and the CCA took the opportunity to work alongside Canadian and U.S. officials and allies participating in the meetings.

Top of the trade discussion list included the importance of moving the ratification processes for the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), also known in the U.S. as the USMCA, forward. The importance of achieving ratification is well known to agriculturalists across all three borders. As an example, to the importance of ratification, one can reflect on the growth that took place within the Canadian beef industry after the implementation of the original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 1995, Canada exported 190,000 tonnes of beef valued at $500 million to the U.S. By 2018, these exports grew 54 per cent in volume to 293,000 tonnes and 762 per cent in value to $2 billion.

The CCA participated in a breakfast hosted by the Canadian government with State Farm Bureau presidents that included a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Canada-U.S. Agricultural Trade: Celebrating success and forging the new USMCA.’ The CCA also participated alongside Canadian government officials in engaging discussions in the Canada trade booth.

At a European hosted trade event focused on trade relations with the U.S., CCA also took the opportunity to engage with Europeans on Canada-EU trade. Many of the agriculture trade officials present also have mandate for Canada and will be visiting in the upcoming year. 

The CCA will continue to engage with these and other representatives.

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Final livestock tax deferral list includes more designated regions

Last week, the Government of Canada released its third and final list of designated regions where livestock tax deferral has been authorized for 2018 due to drought conditions. Newly designated regions in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario were added to the final expanded list announced January 30 following ongoing analysis of drought conditions last year. Producers located inside the prescribed areas identified in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are eligible for the 2018 tax deferral.
The livestock tax deferral provision allows producers in prescribed drought or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2018 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2019 to help replenish the herd. The cost of replacing the animals in 2019 can offset the deferred income, thereby reducing the tax burden associated with the original sale.

The CCA appreciates that the list of prescribed areas has been expanded given the dry conditions scattered across the country last summer. However, delays in enacting the tax deferral and using municipal or county boundaries to determine eligibility remain challenges that reduce the effectiveness of this management tool. Cattle producers believe modifications to the livestock tax deferral could improve the utility of this management tool, such as individual driven election of partial income deferral when producer incomes are artificially inflated by forced sales due to extreme weather challenges. 

On September 14, 2018, the federal government announced the initial list of prescribed regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec eligible for livestock tax deferral. On October 31, 2018, a second designation of eligible regions was announced, which included additional regions in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and New Brunswick. The third list of designations was announced January 30, 2019.

Producers in eligible regions can request the tax deferral when filing their 2018 income tax returns.

To see a list of the 2018 prescribed regions, click here:

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CYL, YCC build relationships in Denver

January is always an exciting time for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) and the Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC). The annual National Western Stock Show trip took place from January 13-18, in and around the Denver, CO area. The group consisted of CYLs, Allana Minchau, Amy Higgins, Bree Patterson and Leonard Retzlaff, and YCC Board Members Geoff Larkin and Stephan Bouw. The group was joined by three members of the Young Beef Leaders program, put on by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Will Mayfield, Zach Pogue and Ea’mon O’toole joined the group, and shared their experiences in the beef industry.

The trip started off with an extensive tour in the greater Denver and Fort Collins area. The first stop took the group to Colorado Premium, a further processing and packing plant for beef products destined for food service companies in the area. It provided the group with the chance to see value added processing of beef for specific end customers.

Greeley Hat Works was another scheduled stop for the group. Greeley Hat Works builds hats for NCBA Presidents and is a fixture on the western hat business scene. For an interest sake, it was a neat stop for the group.

The young leaders were also one of the first groups to catch a glimpse into the Colorado State University’s (CSU) new JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith. The building is an outstanding meat science facility aimed at developing the next generation of butchers, meat scientists and beef industry professionals. The centre will without a doubt reinforce the already strong reputation CSU has in the agriculture field.

While in the Fort Collins area, the tour took the group to visit Leachman Cattle Company of Colorado, where Lee Leachman walked the group through his philosophy on bull selection and how it can impact the bottom line on ranches. His philosophy is based on selecting bulls that improve profitability through emphasizing a long list of terminal and maternal traits. Leachman’s is home to multiple high-powered bulls that make up their program. The group enjoyed the visit, asking provocative questions and engaging with Leachman on his philosophy.

Per usual, the trip included a roundtable meeting at the NCBA head office. The group touched on relevant topics including succession planning, foreign trade, research and development and more. Through the discussion CYL’s and YCC’s learned how much they had in common with their peers on either side of the border.

Following the roundtable, the group headed down to the grounds for the stock show, where the Canadian Consulate hosted an international meet and greet. Producers and industry professionals from Canada, the U.S., Australia and Mexico gathered over food and drink to network and engage. While at the stock show, the group also took the chance to wander through the historic yards; as 2019 marks the last year for cattle to be housed in yards at the stock show it was a chance for CYL’s to see and be part of the history.

The annual trip to Denver acts as a great way to develop cross border relations between the young leaders in Canada and the U.S., relationships that are the building blocks for future relations in the beef industry.

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BCRC webinar: Adaptive grazing and grazing resources


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CCA Action News

Staff Contributors:  John Masswohl, Fawn Jackson, Larry Thomas, Emily Ritchie, Brady Stadnicki, Beef Cattle Research Council, Canfax

Edited, compiled and/or written by: Gina Teel

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