23rd Annual Fields on Wheels Conference
Friday, November 2, 2018
Four Points by Sheraton
Early Bird Registration Deadline – Friday, October 19!
Managing Cross-border Trade and Preparing for World Markets
Concerns about Canada’s trade with the US and Mexico have been eased by the renamed NAFTA, now called the USMCA. Canadian agriculture, outside the dairy sector suffered no losses, and the mutual recognition of registered wheat varieties across the border is an improvement. Western Canada depends on export markets for grain and processed products. About half the canola crop is crushed on the Prairies, with the majority of the canola oil and meal exported to U.S. customers. Everyone is relieved that the forces for free trade have prevailed, but realize that gaining access to markets is only half the battle. Maximizing new trade agreements within North America, and with Europe and the Pacific Rim countries, requires efficient supply chains.
The 23rd Fields on Wheels conference examines what is at stake, and what Canada can do to prepare a more efficient transportation system. The program opens with welcoming remarks from The Hon. Ron Schuler, Minister of Infrastructure, Province of Manitoba.
The first session addresses Canadian rail shipments to the USMCA countries and the magnitude of agriculture’s market. 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 oilseeds and value-added shipments. At lunch, Dr. Bill Kerr, Professor, University of Saskatchewan ponders trade policy: “Is Trump’s Trade Policy Simply Chaotic – Or is Something Else Going On?”
In the afternoon, attendees will join in the discussion of innovations and investments in serving world markets. The Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) removes disincentives and anomalies in the Maximum Revenue Entitlement (MRE) that will improve the capacity, reliability and flexibility of grain transportation. The program in the afternoon is rounded out with consideration of investment and management initiatives to improve efficiency of the grain supply chains.
The Fields on Wheels conferences bring together representatives from all segments of the grain industry from farmers and grain buyers, to railways and ports, to discuss the latest developments affecting the future of the industry. 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.
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)