COVID-19 Updates

Posted July 3, 2020

Our dedicated page contains up-to-date information on COVID-19, including links to various programs announced, to news stories about the pandemic in which MBP has been interviewed, and to mental health resources, among other tools. Our office hours remain 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

RESOURCES

Misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing. We encourage you to visit trusted sources including:

  • The Government of Manitoba or the Public Health Agency of Canada for updates and reliable information about COVID-19.
  • Manitoba Farm Rural & Northern Support Services offers free, confidential and non-judgmental counselling for anyone who lives on a Manitoba farm, or in a rural or Northern community. Call 1-866-367-3276 or 204-571-4180 or visit supportline.ca
  • The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM) have established an anxiety support line for anyone seeking support during this challenging time. People are invited to call the support line at 204-925-0040. The line will be checked regularly between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends. Callers are asked to leave their name, phone number or email address and an ADAM representative will get in touch with them within a short period of time.
  • Kids Help Phone is a Canadian charitable organization that provides 24/7 free confidential professional online and telephone counselling and volunteer-led, text-based support in English and French to youth across Canada. Kids Help Phone also provides information on how to access community support services for youth. Call a counsellor: 1-800-668-6868
  • The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is offering resources and information to keep families, schools, child-serving organizations, and, most importantly, children safe during this unprecedented time.
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency information for industry

 

CATTLE COUNTRY

July 2020

May 2020

 

E-NEWSLETTER

Our weekly E-Newsletter has the latest information from the Government of Manitoba and Government of Canada that will be of interest to the beef industry.

 

EMAIL YOUR MP/MLA

Manitoba Beef Producers continues to advocate on behalf of beef producers to work towards getting the industry the supports critically needed to navigate the hardships brought on by COVID-19. MBP directors and staff are in frequent communications with the federal and provincial government as well as working in close collaboration with industry partners and stakeholders.

In order to increase our advocacy efforts, MBP is asking producers to reach out to their local Members of Parliament or Members of the Legislative Assembly, regarding the serious impacts on the beef sector, due to COVID-19.

Below is a link to a template letter for producers to write to their MPs or MLAs. A link to find your Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislative Assembly is included in each letter.

MP

MLA

 

MBP IN THE MEDIA

MBP pleased with forage insurance review (June 24)

Manitoba Beef Producers Comments On Forage Insurance Review (June 22)

Farm fresh fears (June 20)

Southeast Ranchers Hoping To Avoid Big Losses (June 11)

Livestock price insurance a hard sell (June 11)

WLPIP premiums won’t be subsidized, says ag-minister Pedersen (June 9)

Online bovine export permits set to launch nationwide (June 8)

Beef producers faced with tough decisions (June 8)

Manitoba Beef Producers provides update on state of the industry in Manitoba (June 1)

Radio silence from Manitoba government on agriculture relief (May 26)

Farmers begin 2020 growing season with one eye on COVID-19 (May 21)

Manitoba no closer to new beef-processing capacity (May 21)

Small slaughter plants not the answer: Unrau (May 13)

NDP calls for Crown land payment suspension following Cargill closure (May 12)

Farming group disappointed with farm aid (May 7)

Manitoba Beef Producers Able To Move Animals, But At Lower Price (May 5)

Alberta beef plant closures effects felt in Manitoba (May 4)

Manitoba’s beef producer’s look forward and plan for difficult times ahead (April 30)

‘Worst scenario I’ve seen in decades’ for Manitoba producers as demand disappears: Pork Council GM (April 24)

L’industrie du boeuf au Manitoba réclame une aide financière [translated document here] (April 23)

Coronavirus: Manitoba farmers taking one day at a time as planting season looms

(April 15)

Meat plants hampered by spread of COVID-19 ‘a major concern’ for Manitoba producers (April 14)

Beef, pork producers facing supply chain issues (April 14)

Cattle producers face uncertain future (March 27)

Uncertainty looms large for farmers (March 23)

 

MBP STATEMENTS

Read our May 5, 2020 statement here

Read our April 28, 2020 statement here

 

INDUSTRY UPDATES

2020 07 03

In this edition of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Virtual News Roundup is a message from CCA President, Bob Lowe, markets update from Brian Perillat of CanFax, information on the fed cattle set aside program from Rich Smith of Alberta Beef Producers and an update on this year’s Canadian Beef Industry Conference from Allana Minchau.

 

2020 06 04

The CCA and CRSB have put together a special presentation highlighting the potential risk to Canada’s native grasslands and wildlife if COVID-19 impacts to the beef industry continue. View the recording here

An earlier recording, “Feeding the Future: how COVID-19 has impacted Canada’s young ranching and farming families” is available here

 

2020 05 28

Webinar: Managing Cattle Price Risk During COVID-19

If you missed our webinar discussion about Western Livestock Price Insurance Program basics, FAQs, common misconceptions and practical examples of different policies given COVID-19 uncertainty, please go here to view the slide deck supplied by guest speaker Tyler Fulton.

2020 05 26

Our shared experience during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the important contribution of essential workers in the meat and livestock supply chain. This group includes Canadian’s employed in the farm, processing, retail, foodservice, distribution sectors as well as suppliers, veterinary and inspection personnel. As part of the ongoing efforts to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our industry, a COVID-19 Essentials training resource has been developed by the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence (CBCE) which provides information on the four topics below.

1. Understanding COVID-19
2. Staying Safe at Home
3. Staying Safe at Work
4. Self-Care and Symptom Assessment

The training materials are currently available in PDF form in English, French, Spanish, Tagalog, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese and shortly Tigrinya.

The COVID-19 Essentials information has been reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Always consult with your doctor or government health authorities for any medical questions or concerns.

The training materials can be accessed by clicking here

 

2020 05 22

A recording of each Canadian Cattle Producers Virtual Town Hall is now available:

 

2020 05 19

CCA statement regarding President Trump’s comments concerning imports.

 

2020 05 15

The CCA has launched a new communications initiative called the Virtual News Roundup, which features short video updates from various industry representatives. It is designed to continue to inform producers of important developments in weeks where a Producer Town Hall is not being held.

The first version, launched May 1, can be found on the CCA YouTube channel here. Yesterday marked the second edition and featured an update on agriculture advocacy campaigns, market updates from CanFax and LMAC as well as information on the provincial funding announcements from Alberta and Saskatchewan. The full version can be found here,


2020 05 05

Prime Minister announces initial payment to beef producers and commits to provide more: the CCA statement is available here

 

2020 04 24

A recording of the Canadian Cattle Industry Virtual Town Hall event on Thursday, April 23, 2020 is now available. Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Michael Young, President of Canada Beef provided updates on the current state of the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marvin Slingerland, Business Advisory at MNP provided information on the disaster and emergency relief announced by the Government of Canada that is available to beef producers. Following their updates, they took questions from the audience.

 

2020 04 21

Canadian beef farmers and ranchers in critical situation, requesting urgent action: read the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) letter to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food here.

 

2020 04 17

The Canadian Cattle Industry Virtual Town Hall event on April 16 featured Janice Tranberg, President of the National Cattle Feeders Association, Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and Brian Perillat, Manager and Senior Analyst at CanFax. Each speaker provided updates on the current state of the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The full recording is available here.

 

2020 04 14

COVID-19 reduces North American beef processing capacity: CCA recommends implementing set-aside program

Read the story here

 

2020 04 10

Resource: Guidance to Beef Operations on Prevention and Response to Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19 Employees

This CCA resource has been prepared to share best practices for maintaining the health and safety of farm/ranch employees, while continuing safe and secure business operations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This resource is for information purposes only and due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it is important that individuals consult their local public health authorities for the most current recommendations/protocols.

 

2020 04 09

Below is a summary of financial support available to producers through the Government of Canada (GoC) regarding the impacts of COVID-19.

Farm Credit Canada

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has received an additional $5 billion from the GoC to help farmers and agri-food businesses as part of Canada’s response to COVID-19. FCC has received the additional funds in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses and food processors. This offers increased flexibility to producers who face cash flow issues and to processors who are impacted by lost sales, helping them remain financially strong during this difficult time. FCC has stated they will be collaborating with banks, credit unions and other financial institutions to alleviate industry financial pressure.  For additional details, please click here.

Stay of Default announced for eligible farmers

Eligible producers who have an outstanding Advance Payments Program (APP) loan due on or before April 30 will receive a Stay of Default, allowing them an additional six months to repay the loan. This important measure, which represents $173 million in deferred loans, will help keep more money in farmers’ pockets during these critical months. All producers should contact their APP administrator to enquire about their eligibility for the Stay of Default. The new deadlines for outstanding APP loans are September 30, 2020 for 2018 cash advances for cattle. Click here to see list of APP administrators participating in the Stay of Default.

Business Risk Management Programs

Producers will continue to have support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, with business risk management (BRM) programs, designed to help manage significant financial impacts and risks beyond producers’ control. The CCA submitted BRM recommendations to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for review—to view these recommendations, click here.

We have heard from the Prime Minister, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and GoC officials, that the GoC remains committed to support Canada’s agricultural sector to ensure that producers and businesses have the support they need to provide for their families and all Canadians during this critical time.

The GoC also implemented the following supports pertaining to Canada’s agriculture sector.

Exporters

The GoC has expanded Export Development Canada’s ability to provide support by loosening rules on the limit for Canada Account transactions to provide loans to businesses if deemed of national interest.

Tax Filers

The GoC has allowed businesses to defer until after August 31, 2020 the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September.

Employer Support for Paying Wages

A 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020 has also been announced. This may help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll. CCA will share more details on eligibility criteria as it becomes available.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The GoC has announced an Emergency Response Benefit for workers not eligible to EI and facing unemployment. It includes those self-employed and those forced to close shop due to the virus.

Further details can be found on the GoC website.

 

2020 04 02

Federal government list of essential services

Canada’s National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure defines critical infrastructure as the processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets, and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. The Strategy classifies critical infrastructure in Canada according to ten sectors:

  • Energy and Utilities

  • Information and Communication Technologies

  • Finance

  • Health

  • Food (including Agriculture)

  • Water

  • Transportation

  • Safety

  • Government

  • Manufacturing

Public Safety Canada has developed a set of functions deemed essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to help provinces/territories, Indigenous communities, and municipalities protect their communities while maintaining the reliable operation of critical infrastructure services and functions to ensure the health, safety, and economic well-being of the population. These services and functions can also help the private sector self-identify as essential. Click here to view the entire list of essential services as provided by the federal government. To ensure the continued functioning of our integrated economies, this document is aligned and consistent with the United States Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, which was issued on March 19, 2020.

 

2020 04 02

Child-care for workers in essential services: beginning April 14 all parents who work in critical services, as defined by the chief provincial public health officer, will be able to access child-care spaces available in licensed facilities. This includes farmers and farm workers. Parents working in these sectors who have been unable to make other child-care arrangements will be able to check which facilities have available spaces at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 and work directly with them to receive a spot.

 

2020 04 01

Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency Chair Chad Ross released a statement regarding COVID-19.

 

2020 03 31

Manitoba eases spring road restrictions to aid transportation of essential commodities: read the release here

 

2020 03 30

Manitoba Restricts Operations of Non-Critical Businesses in New Public Health Order: read about it here (including list of essential services)

 

2020 03 27

Recommendations for delivering cattle during COVID-19

 

2020 03 26

A summary of financial support available to producers through the Government of Canada (GoC) regarding the impacts of COVID-19: click here for more information.

 

2020 03 24

Recommendations to Government of Canada: Financial support for beef producers 

To assist the Government of Canada in their approach to help producers in light of impacts from COVID-19, CCA put together recommendations to provide immediate stop-gap support for producers to keep their operations financially sustainable and ensure the health and welfare of producers, their cattle, and the Canadian Cattle Industry as we navigate through this global crisis. Please click here to read our recommendations.

 

2020 03 24

Maintaining uninterrupted trade with the US 

The CCA, along with industry stakeholders and the GoC are dedicated to maintaining business continuity including live cattle trade between Canada and the US during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been no trade interruptions for all classes of live cattle between Canada and the US or to other aspects of the beef supply chain. All stakeholders continue to work to ensure that live cattle and beef trade continues uninterrupted between the two countries.

A Questions & Answers document has been compiled to address a number of questions related to these shipments.  Click here to read more.

 

2020 03 23

Agricultural operations and human resources

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council has put together a resource website to support agricultural operations in implementing best practices to limit the impact and spread of COVID-19 within agricultural operations.  Please click here for more information.

For information and tips for Canadian Beef Operations on COVID-19, please click here.

For recommendations on hosting and attending cattle sales during COVID-19, please click here.

Access to labour, including qualified foreign workers remains one of the most important issues impacting beef production in Canada, in terms of both sustaining current production levels and ensuring the continued availability of beef products to Canadian consumers. The beef industry has approximately 41,000 workers but has a shortage of 3,500 workers. This does not include impacts of the current COVID-19 virus.

Based on comments made by Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, we understand that Temporary Foreign Workers will be allowed to enter Canada while ensuring they observe a 14-day period of self-isolation.  The CCA will continue to update on this file as more details become available.

Prioritizing your physical and mental health

Along with taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, prioritizing your mental health will play an important role in maneuvering these changing circumstances. Please visit the Do More Ag Foundation website for resources.

 

2020 03 19

Take extra steps to keep farm workers safe during COVID-19 – read the story here.

 

2020 03 19

Recommendations for Canadian Cattle Sales during COVID-19 – read about it here

 

2020 03 18

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Bob Lowe released a statement regarding COVID-19. Please click here to read it.

 

2020 03 18

No trade interruption for all classes of live cattle between Canada and the US – read the statement here