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The prospect of a China-U.S. trade deal continues to hold major potential.

U.S. on the cusp of a China trade deal

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

Despite not meeting the end of March deadline originally set in the President Xi Jinping-President Trump meeting, the trade negotiations between China and the U.S. moved along at a relatively rapid clip in March and April. The revised goal was to have an agreement ready for the leaders to sign by late April-early May. Rather […] Read more



Beef production is expected to rise in 2019 to 27.810 billion pounds, up 3.3 per cent from 2018.

Record protein supplies again

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Americans will enjoy ample supplies of red meat and poultry this year. Total 2019 production is expected to reach a record 105.570 billion pounds, up 3.0 per cent on 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS). This would exceed the expected 2.4 per cent increase in 2018 from 2017. ERS […] Read more

Unfinished business

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

I had a discussion recently with a trade expert from the Canadian Consulate in Denver. The occasion was a celebration of the conclusion of the USMCA. Our discussion revolved around getting rid of the steel and aluminum tariffs the U.S. had put on Canadian and Mexican exports of those products. That is the key to […] Read more


The Canadian government’s focus on trade diversification is appreciated, but a number of competitiveness issues remain to be addressed.

CCA Report: Good news to close out the year

From the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On December 30, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will come into force among the first tranche of signatories to the agreement: Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. Canadian beef producers will benefit from the first tariff cut in 2018 during the holiday season, a development that is sure to […] Read more

U.S. cattle hides take a tariff hit

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

The U.S. beef industry, like other sectors of U.S. agriculture, faces considerable losses because of the tariff wars between the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The losses are not as severe as those seen in hog, corn and soybean production. But the tariffs imposed on U.S. beef products exported to China and Canada […] Read more


CCA Report: USMCA is good news

From the October 22, 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Prime Minister JustinTrudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on reaching an agreement that preserves and secures the duty-free access upon which the Canadian beef cattle sector has built over the past 25 years. This is particularly important as we enter the time of year when the majority of beef […] Read more

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pose for a photo during a joint news conference on the closing of the seventh round of NAFTA talks in Mexico City, Mexico March 5, 2018.

CCA Report: International trade deals on the front burner

From the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The focus of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was firmly fixed on trade liberalization throughout September. Renewed activity on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations arrived just ahead of the return of Canadian Parliament following summer break, and the sitting of the fall session where it’s widely expected the Government of Canada will […] Read more


It would be very difficult for the U.S. to maintain their healthy beef export market without an imported supply of cattle from Canada.

Here we go again

Tariff disputes with the U.S. are nothing new

For many years we have complacently assumed that American displeasure with Canada’s supply management regime for dairy and poultry production was an issue well isolated from other agricultural sectors. This perhaps was never the case, but it certainly is no longer. If the wayward and quixotic President Trump can slap punitive duties on steel and […] Read more

Terrible trade wars erupting

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Free trade is the lifeblood of the global economy. From the very first evidence of trading, regions of the world and then individual countries have bought and sold goods from each other. Countries increasingly realized the importance of such agreements, not just for the economic benefits for the countries involved but for the societal benefits […] Read more