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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CCA Statement on Canadian beef exports to China

Calgary, AB  - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has learned that effective yesterday no new Canadian meat export certificates for China will be issued due to the discovery of a falsified Canadian pork export certificate. We understand the suspension will be temporary and that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and other appropriate law enforcement agencies are currently investigating. We believe that shipments that are already in transit to China will be allowed to pass through customs. It is unclear why beef products have been included in this suspension. The Canadian government is seeking clarification from Chinese officials.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders announces semi-finalists for 2019 program year

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 24 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2019 program year. The 24 semi-finalists were selected from an incredibly competitive pool of applicants from across Canada based on the strength of their online applications, which were evaluated by a panel of judges. The semi-finalists will face the final round of the competition at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC), August 13-15, 2019, at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park, Calgary, AB.

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