NCFA News

Congress hands Harper a political hornets’ nest with TPP

June 29, 2015

The countries at the TPP table represent 40 per cent of the world’s economy. Canada, as a trading nation and a Pacific country, needs to be there. Intellectual property, automobiles, agriculture, labour standards and the environment are just some of the big items on the table.

“These negotiations are going to establish what will become the basis of the international trading network in the Asia-Pacific,” Harper said in Quebec. “It is essential, in my view, that Canada be a part of that, that the Canadian economy be part of that.”

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Lack of rain may force cattle to market

June 13, 2015

Jeff Warrack, a director of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, agreed with Perillat’s assessment of the situation. He believes the cattle sector will not experience the growth that was anticipated after several years of contraction. “Certainly we thought that maybe the bottom was in, now we’re not quite so sure,” said Warrack.

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High beef prices to stay for years to come, says Guelph analyst

June 8, 2015

“Beef is going to be high and it’s going to stay high,” Kevin Grier, a Guelph, Ont.-based independent consultant who analyses the price of livestock, meat and groceries, said in a phone interview. Beef consumers will likely feel the price shock for quite a while, Grier adds. He says it will take farmers years to rebuild North American herd levels, which are at historic lows.”

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