September 25, 2015
- Less Canadian productivity availability
- Higher food prices for Canadian consumers
The WTO has ruled against the U.S. meat labeling laws on four separate occasions, leaving Canada and Mexico with retaliation as the only card left to play in the extended trade dispute.
At the same time, the CCA is asking all federal parties in the Canadian election to commit to imposing the tariffs the moment Canada is authorized to do so by the WTO, unless the U.S. has repealed COOL and ended the incentive to segregate imported livestock.
On a conference call yesterday with the Market Access Secretariat, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the CFIA, ACFA learned three beef cattle in southwestern Ontario tested positive for Bluetongue. They are Canada’s first cases of Bluetongue outside the Okanagan Valley and showed no clinical signs. The disease was discovered through regular testing being conducted every six months.
Canada has finally placed the future of supply management on the table in TPP trade talks. However, with the election call, what’s at stake is not just the future of supply management, but our nation’s reputation. Our dairy sector deserves a comprehensive vision for its future by our Parliament, regardless of who is in power. Whether dairy farmers realize it or not, many more years of production under supply management will only bring greater uncertainty and grief.
Sylvain Charlebois is a professor at the Food Institute, University of Guelph
To defer income, the breeding herd must have been reduced by at least 15%. If this is the case, 30% of income from net sales can then be deferred. In cases where the herd declines by 30 per cent or more, 90% of income from net sales can be deferred. Eligible producers can request the tax deferral when filing their 2015 income tax returns.