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Canadian Beef Trade to China Resumed

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has learned that effective today Canadian meat export certificates to China will be resumed. “The Canadian beef industry looks forward to the resumption of trade and continuing to build the long-standing Canada-China trade relationship,” said Bob Lowe, CCA Vice President and Chair of the Foreign Trade committee. The CCA thanks the Governments of Canada and China for their work in resolving the issue. Export certificates for Canadian meat were halted on June 25th, 2019 due to the discovery of non-compliant pork claiming to be Canadian.

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CCA Statement: Canada’s Beef Sector Comments on Federal Election 2019 Results

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates all federal parties and the dedicated volunteers and staff on a hard-fought election campaign. The results are in and Canada has elected a Liberal Minority Government: 157 seats (+/-) for Liberal Party of Canada, 121 seats (+/-) for Conservative Party of Canada, 24 seats (+/-) for New Democrat Party of Canada, 32 seats (+/-) for Bloc Quebecois, 3 seats (+/-) for Green Party of Canada and 1 seat to Independent Jody Wilson-Raybould.

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Joint News Release: Red Meat Industry Seeks Government Action Over China Situation

Ottawa, ON - The cost of the “temporary suspension” of Canadian pork and beef exports to China imposed on June 25 is approaching $100 million and the longer it continues, the greater the risk to Canadian jobs. As we enter the third month of suspension, the pork and beef sectors are calling on the Government to make clear their strategy to reopen the Chinese market and ensure we have more options for export diversification when such issues arise.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program announces 2019 finalists

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 16 finalists for the 2019-2020 CYL program year. The final selection process took place during the 2019 Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Calgary, AB. The CBIC proved to be an excellent setting to put 24 candidates from across Canada through the paces as they vied for a coveted spot in the CYL program.

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CCA announces 2019 TESA recipient, B.C.’s Clifton Ranch

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Clifton Ranch, near Keremeos, B. C. , as the recipient of the 2019 The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). Clifton Ranch is owned and operated by Wade and Sandra Clifton and Brad and Dianne Clifton. Clifton Ranch is in B. C. ’s Similkameen Valley, where a hot, dry and sunny climate creates challenges for beef producers. Steep terrain and lack of water sources require additional innovative management, and particularly so given the Clifton family’s long-term goal to make the environment “better.

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CCA Statement on UN IPCC report, ‘Climate Change and Land’

Calgary, AB – The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today released a special report, ‘Climate Change and Land, an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. ’

The report suggests: “Balanced diets, featuring plant-based foods, such as those based on coarse grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and animal-sourced food produced in resilient, sustainable and low-GHG emission systems, present major opportunities for adaption and mitigation while generating significant co-benefits in terms of human health.

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Initial Meeting Between Senior Leadership of CCA and The Weather Network

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) senior leadership met via call with Pelmorex Corp (parent company of The Weather Network) leadership today in response to a video published by the Weather Network on July 18, 2019. The video, based on a new report from the World Resources Institute, portrayed an inaccurate depiction of global beef production. During the meeting, CCA communicated the high level of concern expressed by beef producers across the country over the weekend.

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CCA cheers Agri-Food Immigration Pilot to address acute labour shortages in beef sector

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s news of the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot program. Foreign workers on Canadian farms and in meat packing plants provide stability throughout the agriculture and beef sectors, and more are needed. Today’s announcement by the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, is a step in the right direction. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot will allow beef producers and processers access to much needed workers with the opportunity for a pathway to permanent residency.

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