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CCA Report: Tax and NAFTA

From the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It has been a busy and productive month for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Tax policy has been one of the top domestic policy issues for the CCA since the Government of Canada’s mid-summer announcement. We welcomed the government’s revisions to the tax change proposal announced in October, as their original plan had the potential […] Read more


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CCA Report: Unleashing our growth potential

From the March 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Those of us in agriculture understand the importance of the industry in terms of economic contribution to Canada’s GDP but oftentimes it seems that clout is overshadowed by other equally key industries. That’s why I was pleased to see agriculture featured prominently in the recent Advisory Council on Economic Growth report. The report, Unleashing the […] Read more

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Trump leaning toward Georgia ex-governor to lead USDA

Washington | Reuters — Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a senior Trump transition team official said on Monday. Perdue, a Democrat-turned-Republican who founded a grain and fertilizer business, served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. The official […] Read more


Health battles heating up

Health battles heating up

In 2014, I was fortunate to speak to Canadian cattle people at the International Livestock Congress in Calgary. I held up a new book, and suggested reading and digesting it, as it held the keys to rescuing our industry from the clutches of 50 years of erroneous dietary-health theory. The book, The Big Fat Surprise: […] Read more

History: Guest editorial by the chairman of the National Council of Canadian Beef Producers

Reprinted from the November 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Guest editorial By George G. Ross, Aden, Alta., chairman, National Council of Canadian Beef Producers The recognition by the Department of National Revenue of permanent herds of livestock as capital investment with the returns from dispersal sales of basic herds treated as return of capital and therefore free of income tax, paves the way for […] Read more


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Tight numbers a concern for livestock marketers

The bloom may soon come off the rose for record-high cattle prices as economic indicators in the United States suggest a coming slowdown in consumer beef demand. That was the message from commodity market analyst Jerry Klassen to the Livestock Market Association of Canada’s annual convention in Winnipeg earlier this summer. A roaring bull market […] Read more

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USDA sees bumper corn, soy crops despite floods

Washington | Reuters –– U.S. corn and soybean harvests were pegged above expectations this year as strong yields in areas west of the Mississippi River will make up for problems caused by excessive rains in eastern production states, the government said Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast the 2015-16 soybean harvest at 3.916 billion […] Read more


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U.S. ag secretary orders update of agency’s animal welfare research strategy

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated animal welfare strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, was sent to all Animal […] Read more

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Wider buffer zone from feedlots recommended

The current U.S. recommended buffer zone between cattle feedlots and vegetables may be too narrow, say scientists writing in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. “The high percentages of leafy greens contaminated with E. coli suggest great risk for planting fresh produce 180 m (590 feet) or less from a feedlot,” the investigators write. That […] Read more