Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports today’s request by the Government of Canada that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a compliance panel in the ongoing U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute. The CCA has encouraged the Government of Canada to pursue this action announced by International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. The Government of Canada’s request will be considered by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on August 30.
London, Ontario - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Sandy Arrow Ranch of Saskatchewan as the 2013 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The ranch, operated by Allen and Lillian Patkau, received the national honour today at the CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in London, ON. CCA Environment Committee Chair Lynn Grant presented the Patkau’s with a $1,000 cheque and an engraved belt buckle. The CCA’s national annual award, TESA has recognized the outstanding stewardship efforts of Canadian beef producers since 1996.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has contracted Arcurve Inc, a Canadian-based software development firm, to create the next version of the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). The first of a sequence of releases of ‘BIXS 2’ is targeted for the fall of 2013 with each successive release offering additional benefits to BIXS participants. The first release will emphasize easy import and export of data and a tool to help purchasers source important animal attributes within the beef supply chain.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and Canada Beef Inc. on today’s announcement of an import levy on cattle of $1 per head. The move enables the levy to be applied equally to purchasers of domestic and imported cattle as well as imported beef, putting Canada on equal ground with the U. S. for the first time since 1985. The import levy is worth an estimated $600,000 to $800,000 annually, depending on market conditions, and funds will support Canada Beef Inc.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), as part of a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U. S. , Canada and Mexico, filed a motion with the U. S. District Court yesterday seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of the recently amended U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation pending resolution of the coalition lawsuit filed July 8. The coalition lawsuit asks the court to strike down the U. S.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) would like to extend congratulations to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and offer its support for the Cabinet Ministry announced this morning in Ottawa. First and foremost, the CCA is pleased that Ministers Gerry Ritz and Ed Fast are to remain at their respective helms at Agriculture and Agri-Food and International Trade. The CCA has worked closely with Ministers Ritz and Fast on issues of high priority for Canada’s beef cattle industry including improving competitiveness and working to eliminate unfair trade barriers.
Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) Program has finalized its list of mentors for the 2013-14 program and, in keeping with past years, the roll-call reads like an A-list of the beef cattle industry's who's-who. Here is a list of the mentor-mentee pairings, with full biographies available at www. cattlemensyoungleaders. com.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has joined a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U. S. and Canada in filing a lawsuit to block the implementation of the recently amended U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation. The complaint is made on the grounds that the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23, 2013 COOL amendment violates the U. S. Constitution and the U. S. Agriculture Marketing Act, and is arbitrary and capricious. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.