NCFA News

CPTPP levels the playing field for Canada’s Beef Industry

March 9, 2018

Calgary, AB — (March 9, 2018): The National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) applauds the Canadian government for signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Agreement in Chile today.

“Canada should approve CPTPP in parliament as soon as possible so we get in on the ground floor on tariff reductions and secure lower tariffs as quickly as possible,” stated John Weekes, NCFA Trade Advisor, Senior Business Advisor at Bennett Jones, former ambassador to the WTO, and Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the original NAFTA.

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National cattle checkoff on its way up this spring

January 31, 2018

The national levy used to fund marketing and research is going up by $1.50 — 
the first increase since 2002

“To put that in perspective, in Alberta, we (currently) charge $1 — 80 cents goes to Canada Beef and 20 cents to the BCRC,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. “So basically, we’re taking BCRC from 20 cents to 75 cents and taking Canada Beef from 80 cents to $1.62.”

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