Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates the Government of Canada for signing the Canada, United States and Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) today in a ceremony on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Once ratified, the CUSMA will update, modernize and replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Originally agreed to September 30, the timing of the ‘NAFTA 2. 0’ trade pact was of particular importance to cattle producers who were entering the time of year when the majority of beef calves in Canada are marketed.
Calgary, AB – In yet another significant development for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Australia today deposited its notification to the CPTPP Secretariat in New Zealand becoming the sixth of the 11 signatory countries to ratify the Agreement. The Agreement will come into force amongst this first tranche of CPTPP signatories, composed of Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore, in 60 days or December 30, 2018.
Calgary, AB - The Government of Canada has ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), securing Canada a coveted spot amongst the first tranche of countries in the historic trade accord. International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr announced today that Canada notified the CPTPP Secretariat in New Zealand that the formal process to ratify is complete. Canada take its place alongside CPTPP ratified countries Japan, Mexico, Singapore, and New Zealand. Just one more country needs to ratify the Agreement domestically to trigger the CPTPP, which will then come into effect 60 days later.
Calgary, AB - Today the Senate of Canada passed Bill C-79 to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The bill then immediately received Royal Assent. Following a few more documentary necessities, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) expects that in the next few days, Canada will notify the CPTPP Secretariat in New Zealand that we have ratified the Agreement and join Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore as the first six to ratify. The CPTPP will come into force 60 days after New Zealand receives Canada’s notification.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Beef Advisors today released a status update on the 2015-19 National Beef Strategy. The report summarizes progress towards achieving the outcomes outlined in the Strategy since its launch. As of June 2018, 15% of outcomes have been completed; 5% are in progress (have an end); 61% are ongoing (and expected to continue); 7% have not been started (primarily due to funding constraints); 8% need modification; and 5% have mixed status (due to multiple objectives at different stages). Target outcomes in the Strategy fall within four pillars: connectivity, productivity, competitiveness and beef demand.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on reaching an agreement that preserves and secures the duty-free access upon which the Canadian beef cattle sector has been built over the past 25 years.
This is particularly important as we enter the time of year when the majority of beef calves in Canada are marketed. Cattle buyers can feel confident about the long-term stability of the market and compete aggressively to acquire calves.
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 2018/19 CYL term. The 2018 Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) once again proved an excellent setting for the selection of the newest crop of CYL participants. On August 14, with hopes of being named a 2018/19 CYL Finalist, 24 young beef enthusiasts from across Canada gathered at the London Convention Centre, in London, Ontario to showcase their knowledge of and passion for the Canadian beef industry.
London, ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Circle H Farms near Brandon, MB, as the recipient of the 2018 The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). Circle H Farms is a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family. Located in the black soil zone of the Canadian Prairies on predominately sandy or sandy/clay loam lands, the 500-acre operation has undergone successive transformation of animal and land management practices since the Harpers purchased the conventional mixed farm in 1990.