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CCA welcomes new President and Vice-President during AGM

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) board of directors acclaimed Martin Unrau as President and Dave Solverson as Vice President today at the CCA’s annual general meeting in Ottawa.Unrau, from Manitoba, takes over from outgoing CCA President Travis Toews. Having completed a two-year term, Toews remains an officer of the CCA, and will serve as past president. Solverson is a CCA director from Alberta.Click here to view the PDF in full

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CCA welcomes Minister Ritz to AGM, announcement of additional BIXS funding

Ottawa ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Minister Gerry Ritz today came to the CCA’s annual general meeting in Ottawa to announce that the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) will receive an additional $3 million in federal funding.The funds will be used to expand the program to ensure crucial data is incorporated into the BIXS data base. CCA President Travis Toews said the ability to flow more data into the BIXS data base will complete the circle of information, and provide the incentive for producers to participate.

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CCA welcomes new initiative by CFIA to strengthen stakeholder relationships

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates the Government of Canada for striving to strengthen relationships between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and its stakeholders through clarifying the agency’s roles and responsibilities during inspections.The Statement of Rights and Service for Producers, Consumers and Other Stakeholders announced today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, along with the accompanying six guides to inspections, clarify the CFIA’s role during the inspection process while defining service standards and expectations for the sector.

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CCA Joins Minister Ritz on Mission to Washington, D.C.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) is pleased that Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz continues to place a high priority on international market access for Canadian beef and agricultural exports.This week the Minister’s efforts were focused on Canada’s leading export market, the United States. CCA President Travis Toews joined Minister Ritz in Washington for an important roundtable discussion with U.S. beef industry representatives on how to ensure that our successful cross border trade continues to grow.

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CCA pleased with market access progress achieved during China trade mission

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is very pleased that today Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz has reached an understanding with his Chinese counterpart to work towards the approval of additional Canadian beef export facilities and the inclusion of bone-in beef and offal from cattle under-thirty-months (UTM) of age as well as live dairy cattle. The announcement comes one day after the positive news from the Government of Canada regarding the resumption of Canadian beef tallow exports to China, and on the final day of the trade mission led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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CCA welcomes resumption of beef tallow exports to China

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the resumption of Canadian beef tallow exports to China. CCA President Travis Toews accompanied Prime Minister Stephen Harper on this week’s official trade mission to China, where Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao cleared the way for Canadian tallow exports. China was the top export market for Canadian industrial tallow in 2002, which is used in soaps, cosmetics, waxes, biodiesel, and lubricants. Canada exported $31 million of tallow to China in 2002. During our nine year absence, China’s global imports of tallow have grown to more than $400 million annually.

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Toews recognized with special medal for dedication to agriculture, farmers and cattlemen

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Travis Toews today received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his ‘dedication to the field of agriculture, and for his support for farmers and cattlemen.’Toews is one of 60 Canadians to be honoured at the medal’s inaugural presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall. He received his medal from the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was also at the event, held in honour of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

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Canadian Research Shows Negative Effects of Ethanol Industry on Livestock Sector

Calgary, AB – A study released today by the George Morris Centre indicates that Canadian ethanol production mandates are responsible for increasing costs to the Canadian livestock sector by $130 million per year.The study, Impact of Canadian Ethanol Policy on Canada's Livestock and Meat Industry - 2012, quantifies the impact of biofuels policy through addressing a shortfall in existing research. To date papers on the impact of biofuel policy initiatives have examined U.S. policy alone and either completely ignored Canadian policy or assumed limited effect. Other papers cite the multiple factors involved in grain pricing but fail to consider the...

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