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CCA supports Government of Canada’s efforts towards Canada-EU free trade agreement

Spruce Grove, Alberta – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is a strong supporter of the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts towards a Canada-European Union (EU) free trade agreement. Achieving unfettered market access into the EU, where annual beef consumption is approximately 8 million tonnes, will improve the industry’s competitiveness for the long term.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders announces 2012 Mentorship Recipients

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is pleased to announce its 2012 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were selected following the final selection round at the CYL Spring Forum in Saskatoon, where a total of 24 finalists vied for a spot in the national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA).

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CCA welcomes new loan program tailored for youth

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the $500 million Young Farmer Loan program announced today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and Farm Credit Canada (FCC). The FCC loan program will help qualified producers under the age of 40 borrow the funds they need to invest in agriculture.

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CCA Statement on Federal Budget 2012

Calgary, AB – Upon an initial review of the Federal Budget 2012, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to observe that the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the long-term health of the Canadian economy. Budget 2012 is focused on reducing the federal deficit and returning to balanced budgets.“The Budget is an important step in the Canadian federal policy development process, but in agriculture, we already know that the existing Growing Forward 2 process is where the key decisions for the future will be made,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. 

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CCA welcomes Japan-Canada Economic Partnership Agreement

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that Canada and Japan have agreed to initiate negotiations towards a general Japan-Canada Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).The CCA congratulates Prime Minister Stephen Harper on launching these negotiations with Japan, Canada’s fifth largest trading partner and an important political partner.“Japan is a highly valued trading partner and this agreement will strengthen our economic partnership,” said CCA Past President Travis Toews. “An EPA with Japan would benefit the highly export dependent Canadian beef industry provided the negotiations address long-outstanding issues and barriers.”The CCA strongly encourages a Japan-Canada EPA which provides full tariff...

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CCA disappointed that U.S. Government has filed COOL Appeal at WTO

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is disappointed that the U. S. Government has chosen to prolong its discrimination against imported livestock by today requesting that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body (AB) review the November 2011 Dispute Settlement Panel decision.That decision supported Canada’s position that provisions of mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) discriminate against live cattle and hogs imported into the U.S. from Canada to the detriment of Canadian cattle and hog producers.COOL continues to have a significant impact on Canadian cattle prices, said CCA President Martin Unrau.

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CCA 2011 Annual Report available online

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) 2011 Annual Report is now available online. Click here to download a high resolution PDF (7 MB).Those who prefer a hard copy of the report can contact CCA Communications for more information.Contact:Matt FrenchCommunications CoordinatorCanadian Cattlemen’s Association403-275-8558 x 414 | frenchm@cattle.ca

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CCA Statement: CCA Welcomes USDA plan to implement Comprehensive BSE rule

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that they are moving forward in their rulemaking process to implement a Comprehensive BSE Rule. The proposed rule will modernize the way the U.S. recognizes other countries’ BSE status and bring USDA practice in line with the system adopted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in 2006.Canada’s cattle and beef trade with the U.S has already, for all practical purposes, been normalized from the trade interruption following the May 2003 detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a Canadian cow.

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