23rd Annual Fields on Wheels Conference
Friday, November 2, 2018
Four Points by Sheraton
Early Bird Registration Deadline – Friday, October 19!
Cross-border Trade and Post-CTA Transport Policy Changes
Concerns are rising about the trade wars initiated by U.S. President Donald Trump. Other countries are putting up higher tariff walls in retaliation and commodity prices have fallen in response. While Canadian agriculture, outside the dairy sector, has been spared so far, few economic players are as exposed to world markets as Prairie farmers. North American trade of grain and processed products is significant. About half the canola crop is crushed on the Prairies, with the majority of the canola oil and meal exported to U.S. customers. Similarly, the US is an important supplier of corn and soymeal for the livestock industry. Everyone is hoping that the forces for free trade will prevail, but also recognize that the situation is unpredictable. Even with a new NAFTA accord, Canadian markets could be roiled by the secondary effects of the U.S.-China trade war.
The 23rd Fields on Wheels conference examines what is at stake, and what Canada can do to prepare a more efficient transportation system, regardless of the outcome. The program begins with an analysis of Canadian rail shipments to the NAFTA countries and the magnitude of agriculture’s market risk. This is followed with a more local assessment of cross-border trucking and traffic flows on the Prairies. The balance of the morning is devoted to the transport and tracking of grains, oilseeds and value-added shipments. In the afternoon, attendees will join in the discussion of post-CTA initiatives. The Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) has new provisions that remove disincentives and anomalies in the Maximum Revenue Entitlement (MRE) that will improve the capacity and efficiency of grain transportation. The program in the afternoon is rounded out with a panel on the Ports Modernization Review. This review of Canada Port Authorities is designed to optimize their current and future role in the transportation system to support growth and trade.
You should participate in this packed day if you are a stakeholder to this critical industry, whether as a producer or a logistics service provider, a policymaker, regulator, academic or a customer.
Register for the conference at www.cftr.ca
A special conference rate at the Four Points Hotel is available, call: Tel: 204-275-7711
*Please ask for the University of Manitoba rate ($119/night plus taxes)