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CCA welcomes Standing Committee recommendations on Growing Forward 2

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food report, Growing Forward 2. The committee’s emphasis on the importance of research, innovation and trade, and its subsequent recommended improvements to business risk management (BRM) programming, aligns with what Canadian cattle producers have been asking for. “I commend the committee for listening and understanding the issues brought forward by the CCA on behalf of Canada’s cattle producers during the consultative process on Growing Forward 2,” said CCA President Martin Unrau.

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CCA VP featured on McDonald’s® Canada tray liner

Calgary, AB – Canadian beef producers may notice a familiar face or two joining them at the table as they dig into their favourite hamburger at McDonald’s. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Vice President Dave Solverson and his daughter, Joanne Solverson, are featured on a new paper tray liner at McDonald’s restaurants across Canada. A fourth- generation farm family, the Solversons produce beef at their ranch near Camrose, Alberta. The father and daughter duo are featured alongside the iconic image of a Big Mac, made from 100 per cent pure Canadian beef.

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CCA supports proposed changes to federal Meat Inspection Regulations

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) strongly supports the proposed change to the federal Meat Inspection Regulations to allow for the rare circumstances where food animals could be euthanized on farms under veterinary supervision prior to harvesting the meat. This is a common sense proposal that will allow the meat from injured or aggressive animals to be safely harvested in a manner that is respectful to the welfare of the animal and does not put public health or safety at risk.

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Producers urged to participate in online survey on Beef Cattle Code of Practice

(Ottawa) 30 April 2012 – Beef cattle owners and others with an interest in animal care and welfare have an opportunity to provide their input into the redevelopment of Canada’s beef cattle Code of Practice through an online survey. The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is conducting the survey to gain stakeholder insights on the Codes of Practice, and views on the care and handling of beef cattle. Your participation is important. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is the lead organization responsible for facilitating the beef cattle Code.

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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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