Brant County Corn Producers

September 02, 2005 10:38 ET

Brant County Corn Producers Oppose Trade Action Against US Corn

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 2, 2005) - Brant County corn producers today announced their support for a resolution calling on the Ontario Corn Producers Association to withdraw its application for anti-dumping and countervailing duties against the United States. The text of this resolution follows.

"Whereas the Ontario Corn Producers Association (OCPA) has filed a submission to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) requesting imposition of countervailing and antidumping duties on U.S. corn coming into Canada;

Whereas a duty on corn coming into Canada will have unintended adverse consequences for the entire Canadian livestock industry by increasing feed costs for dairy, cattle, hog, poultry and other livestock producers and making Canadian livestock products less competitive with American livestock;

Whereas the placement of a duty on American corn invites U.S. retaliation against our most vulnerable livestock sectors, and particularly against:

- The beef sector which is just beginning to emerge from the BSE disaster and continues to face serious attacks from groups like R-CALF which are seeking all possible means of maintaining an embargo on Canadian cattle and beef exports to the US.

- Canadian hog producers who have just ended an extensive battle with US anti-dumping and countervailing challenges of their live swine exports. NPPC has served notice they are monitoring Canadian swine exports and will not hesitate to bring another compliant.

Whereas trade action by Canada against the U.S. agricultural exports potentially jeopardizes exports of a host of other Canadian agricultural exports including pork, poultry, dairy products, wheat, barley, canola, lentils, and edible beans - subjecting them to counterchallenges;

Whereas a significant price differential between Canadian and U.S. corn will place industrial corn users in Ontario at a competitive disadvantage to their American counterparts and could ultimately force these companies to shut down their Canadian operations and ship their products in from the U.S., thereby decreasing the demand for Ontario corn;

Whereas domestic livestock processors will have an added incentive to purchase livestock fed in the U.S.;

Whereas duties on American corn will discourage future domestic and foreign investment in value-added agricultural processing in Canada which, as a net corn importer, needs to have access to imported corn to maintain the viability of its domestic processing sector;

Therefore, we move that the OCPA immediately withdraw its application with the CBSA for anti-dumping and countervailing duties pending further consideration and consultation with its membership, all agricultural commodity organizations, and the general and national farm organizations."

Petition to the Ontario Corn Producers' Association

"Whereas the Ontario Corn Producers Association (OCPA) has filed a submission to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) requesting imposition of countervailing and antidumping duties on U.S. corn coming into Canada;

Whereas we all acknowledge the ongoing financial crisis which many Ontario corn farmers face today and recognize the significant efforts that the OCPA is making on behalf of Ontario producers;

Whereas a duty on corn coming into Canada will have unintended adverse consequences for the entire Canadian livestock industry by increasing feed costs for dairy, cattle, hog, poultry and other livestock producers and making Canadian livestock products less competitive with American livestock;

Whereas the placement of a duty on American corn invites U.S. retaliation against our most vulnerable livestock sectors, and particularly against:

- The beef sector which is just beginning to emerge from the BSE disaster and continues to face serious attacks from groups like R-CALF which are seeking all possible means of maintaining an embargo on Canadian cattle and beef exports to the US.

- Canadian hog producers who have just ended an extensive battle with US anti-dumping and countervailing challenges of their live swine exports. NPPC has served notice they are monitoring Canadian swine exports and will not hesitate to bring another compliant.

Whereas trade action by Canada against the U.S. agricultural exports potentially jeopardizes exports of a host of other Canadian agricultural exports including pork, poultry, dairy products, wheat, barley, canola, lentils, and edible beans - subjecting them to counterchallenges;

Whereas a significant price differential between Canadian and U.S. corn will place industrial corn users in Ontario at a competitive disadvantage to their American counterparts and could ultimately force these companies to shut down their Canadian operations and ship their products in from the U.S., thereby decreasing the demand for Ontario corn;

Whereas domestic livestock processors will have an added incentive to purchase livestock fed in the U.S.;

Whereas duties on American corn will discourage future domestic and foreign investment in value-added agricultural processing in Canada which, as a net corn importer, needs to have access to imported corn to maintain the viability of its domestic processing sector;

Therefore be it resolved that we, the undersigned move that the OCPA immediately withdraw its application with the CBSA for anti-dumping and countervailing duties pending further consideration and consultation with its membership, all agricultural commodity organizations, and the general and national farm organizations."

NOTE: There is a copy of the Brant County Corn Producers petition available on CCNMatthews' website at:
http://www2.ccnmatthews.com/database/fax/2000/brant_petition.pdf

Contact Information

  • Brant County Corn Producers
    Owen McIntyre
    (519) 758-4198
    or
    Brant County Corn Producers
    Shawn Van Sickle
    (519) 753-0406 (home) or (519) 750-2025 (cell)