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CCA wants proposed U.S. COOL rule withdrawn

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recommends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed rule for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) be withdrawn as it fails to bring the U.S. into compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.The recommendation is found in the concluding remarks of the CCA comments submitted today in response to the USDA’s proposed regulation published in the Federal Register of March 12, 2013. The CCA recommendation is made in light of USDA’s failure to provide any explanation of how the proposed rule would bring the U.S.

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CCA in Washington, D.C. advocating for legislative amendment to COOL

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) representatives worked alongside Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz in Washington, D.C. this week advocating for the legislative amendments required for the U.S. to come into compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations regarding Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).CCA President Martin Unrau and Director, Government and International Relations, John Masswohl, undertook direct advocacy with key industry allies in D.C. to present the CCA position that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal of March 8, 2013 fails to bring the U.S.

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CCA Statement on Federal Budget 2013

The CCA welcomes Budget 2013 and appreciates the Federal Government’s continued commitment to innovation, competitiveness, market development, regulatory cooperation, and addressing labour shortages. These are the top priorities for our industry and for the CCA. We appreciate the tireless efforts of Prime Minister Harper, and Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Ritz and International Trade Minister Fast, for opening markets for our industry and working with us to ensure Canada’s cattle industry can grow and compete.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders announces 2013 Mentorship Recipients

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) development program is pleased to announce its 2013 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were selected following the final selection round at the CYL Spring Forum in Ottawa during the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Annual Meeting. A total of 22 semi-finalists vied for a spot in the national youth initiative of the CCA.The 2013 CYL mentorship recipients are:British Columbia: Cuyler HuffmanAlberta: Amanda Elzinga, Becky Page, Claire Windeyer, Daniel Doerksen, Debra Murphy, Shelby FrolandSaskatchewan: Carla Schmitt, Kelcy Elford, Lance LeachmanManitoba: Andrea Bertholet, Austen Anderson, Carolynne KehlerOntario: Noa MullinNew Brunswick: Meghan BlackNova Scotia: Daniel...

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CCA Statement on USDA proposal for COOL

Calgary, AB –The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) believes that the proposed rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle cut commodities under the US’s Country of Origin Labeling program, announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will not result in COOL complying with the U.S.’s World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.In the CCA’s view, the USDA’s proposed rule, if adopted, will in fact increase the discrimination against imported cattle by adding labeling requirements and eliminating some of the existing mitigating flexibility, thereby significantly increasing the costs of compliance.

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CCA in Japan to celebrate expanded market access

Calgary, AB –Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Martin Unrau was in Japan recently, working alongside Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, to promote Canadian beef and celebrate the recent expansion of access to include beef from cattle up to 30 months of age.While in Japan, Unrau and Minister Ritz met with Japanese meat importers, retailers and other beef customers. “Japan is an important market for Canadian beef with huge growth potential under the expanded market access announced in January,” Unrau said. “This could be a game changer for the Canadian beef cattle sector as we work towards supplying Japan on...

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CCA Statement on sunsetting of biofuels policy

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has long believed that a market-based biofuels industry will enable the cattle industry to compete for feed grains on a level playing field. A recent decision by the Federal Government to sunset its biofuels subsidy in 2017 as revealed in a Globe and Mail news article brings the CCA one step closer to realizing this goal.In addition to ending the biofuels subsidy, the CCA fully supports the sunsetting of federal and provincial biofuels mandates. The CCA’s belief that the market will decide the best use of feed grains in Canada is reflected...

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BIXS Carcass Data Guide now available

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce the release of an important tool in the interpretation of data flowing from the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). The BIXS Carcass Data Guide helps BIXS users more fully understand how carcass data is collected and transmitted via BIXS along with specific information on what the data means.The guide explains the use of Computer Vision Systems (CVS) and the camera-derived carcass data linked to an individual animal Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) ID tag.

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