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Agriculture Report

Could Trump's NAFTA Crush Cow Industry?

By Fadi Didi

Canadian Cattlemen's Association says uncertainty of what could happen to the agreement is worrying.

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The federal government is moving to phase out a common neonicotinoid insecticide after finding that it accumulates in waterways and harms aquatic insects.

Health Canada has announced a 90-day public consultation period on the insecticide that  is used on everything from cereals, grains, pulses and oilseeds to forestry woodlots and flea infestations on pets.

Neonicotinoids as a class of pesticides have come under heavy scrutiny in recent years for their potential impact on bee populations.

A study by Health Canada found that measurements in surface water have been found as high as 11.9 parts per billion, while levels above 0.041 parts per billion are a considered to be of scientific concern.


A new report says the gap between labour demand and the domestic workforce in agriculture has doubled from 30-thousand to 59-thousand over the past decade.

The report called Agriculture 2025 projects that by that date the Canadian agri-workforce could be short 114-thousand workers.

The study was done by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council.

The study only examined primary production.

It was based on a survey of more than one thousand employers in agriculture, meetings with industry leaders, and six focus groups.


Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has released a list of designated regions in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec where livestock tax deferrals have been authorized for 2016 due to drought.

The livestock tax deferral provisions allow livestock producers in prescribed drought regions to defer a portion of their 2016 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until the next year to help replenish the herd.

The cost of replacing the animals in the next year offsets the deferred income, thereby reducing the tax burden associated with the original sale.

Eligibility for the tax deferral is limited to those producers located inside the designated areas prescribed as drought regions.


U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has stated his desire to re-negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement after he takes office, and that has some Canadian farm groups concerned.

John Masswhol of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association says while the uncertainty of what could happen to the agreement is worrying, all anyone can do is wait.

Masswhol says he's very confident that the U.S. Commerce Department will look at NAFTA and inform Trump on how it benefits all parties, especially the United States.


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