صادرات لحوم البقر من الولايات المتحدة تبلي بلاء حسنا في الآونة الأخيرة (انظر المادة) – ولكن في المناخ السياسي الحالي 2018 there’s a sense of unpredictability with trade overall and things can change quickly.كارول كيزر, GFN Board member and beef producer, manages the feeding of several thousand head of cattle for C-BAR Cattle Companya company which she also established. Carol is very in-tune with not only the day-to-day issues of beef production, but also the ins and outs of international trade issues. She’s the perfect person to get some perspective from this week.

Carol in addition to her own thoughts included a couple of items from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) that are interesting and helpful in understanding the ‘big picture’

 

Global Farmer Network Board member – كارول كيزر, Belleair, فلوريدا, الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

سؤال: The dictionary defines trade as both a noun and a verb both definitions describe the action of selling goods and services. How important is trade and the ability to access markets to your farm?

إجابة:In my business, there is no trade without accessing the marketplace and we cannot access the marketplace without the action of trade. The world is our marketplace for high quality beef and other specialty meats including the offal and organ meats that we do not cherish here in the US.

سؤال: عند الحديث عن التجارة, غالباً ما يتم التركيز على القدرة على بيع المنتجات والخدمات (صادرات). Trade also covers what we buy. How important is the ability to purchase goods and services for your farm (واردات)?For example, what are some items that you purchase that are necessary for your farming operation to be profitable?

إجابة: Important, yet it must/should be quality and price competive with us. [Imports include] Feeder cattle, machinery parts, tires. During the Depression my grandmother had eggs and chickens to trade for heating fuel and my grandfather traded beef for machine parts. Today we send ourAquality beef hides to China for further processing and tanning for top genuine leatherupholstery in high-end vehicles.

 

سؤال:برأيك, how important is NAFTA to your farm? To [your cattle feedlots in] إلينوي, كانساس, نبراسكا, فلوريدا? To the United States?

إجابة: Honestly, it wasnt how important NAFTA was to my cattle business, it was about accessibility to Mexican & Canadian feeder cattle that I purchased and transported to custom feedlots in Kansas, نبراسكا & Texas. There were times when availability and pricenorth and south of the borderwere competitive with domestic feeder cattle. This situation was subject to the US economic cattle cycle and animal health due toinclementweather north and south of our borders.

*From NCBA:Since NAFTA was implemented in 1993, الامريكى. beef exports to Mexico have increased more than 750 نسبه مئويه. Any potential renegotiation of NAFTA must protect the market access and scientific standardsthat NAFTA has provided for the U.S. beef industry for the past 24 years.” (LINK)

Carol established C-BAR Cattle Company and has used her experience to promote opportunites for young women to find careers in food and agriculture.

سؤال:What type of infrastructure is needed to efficiently move products in and out of your farming operation?

إجابة: Trucks, good roads,corrals; however theefficienciesin management, labor, ماء, roughage & animal health within infrastructure are crucial.

سؤال: في جملة أو جملتين, what message do you want to send trade negotiators regarding the importance and impact on your farm and community?

إجابة: If trade is not fair to both sides of the enterprising equation, then trade will not be sustainable. We must allow all components of the food chain to reap benefits from the trade obligation.

*From NCBA News Release – يونيو 29, 2018 (emphasis added):

For the past few weeks Canada has threatened to retaliate against the United States by slapping a tariff on $170 million worth of U.S. beef products in direct response to the steel and aluminum tariffs. اليوم, they made good on that threat. These retaliatory tariffs were and still are clearly avoidable, and the unfortunate casualties will be Canadian consumers and Americas cattlemen and cattlewomen. We may not know the extent of the damage these tariffs may have on our producers, لكن we believe that cooperation is a better path forward than escalation. As Canadians gather to celebrate Canada Day and we prepare to celebrate American Independence, we encourage our government and the Canadian government to remember that we are allies and we rely on each other for future economic prosperity.” (LINK)