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CCA welcomes market access to Philippines

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that Canadian live cattle will once again be eligible for export to the Philippines.The new market access agreement between the Government of Canada (GoC) and the Philippines for live ruminants enables Canadian exports of live cattle, sheep and goats. Tuesday’s announcement came four days after the GoC announced that South Korea had ended its nearly nine-year ban on Canadian beef and cattle.

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CYL announces UFA as new 2012 Sponsor

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is pleased to announce its newest sponsorship partner, UFA Co-operative Ltd.As a Foundation Partner, UFA is generously donating $70,000 over a three year period to the CYL Development Program. UFA joins CYL Foundation Partners the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and Cargill. Funding for the CYL Program is made available through its Foundation Partners.The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Travis Toews welcomed UFA’s contribution to the program. “UFA’s investment in CYL will help to ensure the longevity of this important program for youth in the beef industry,” he said.Launched...

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Return of Canadian beef to Korea a win for Canadian cattle producers

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates the Government of Canada on its achievement of restoring market access for Canadian beef in South Korea.The process to restore access for Canadian beef agreed to last June by the Canadian and South Korean governments has been successfully completed with the final approval letters from Korea received on January 20, 2012. With the receipt of these letters, Canadian beef and beef products from cattle under 30 months of age can be exported to Korea immediately. The agreement was reached outside of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute launched by Canada in...

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CCA welcomes Harper-Obama Agreements on Border Cooperation

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed the news today that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama have agreed on a number of initiatives to streamline border transactions and improve regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S.The Canadian beef industry exports approximately 40 per cent of its production and 80 per cent of that goes to the United States, said CCA President Travis Toews. “We have an immense interest in ensuring that the Canada-U.S. border operates as efficiently as possible,” he said.Canadian beef and cattle exports to the U.S.

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CCA welcomes Government of Canada’s interest in Trans-Pacific Partnership

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) supports the Government of Canada’s intention to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to encourage and enhance trade relationships with the crucial Asia-Pacific region.Announced recently by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada’s interest in joining the negotiations on the nine country TPP trade deal follows a similar expression of interest from Japan, also an important market for Canada’s livestock industry.CCA President Travis Toews said joining the TPP countries of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States, could be beneficial for Canada’s cattle industry, especially if Japan joins...

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WTO rules strongly in favor of Canada in COOL case

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is extremely pleased that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favour of Canada and Mexico’s complaint against U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). We commend Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, International Trade Minister Ed Fast, and the Government of Canada’s legal team that presented an outstanding case on Canada’s behalf.Released publically today by the WTO, the ruling supports Canada’s position that provisions of COOL discriminate against live cattle and hogs imported into the U.S. from Canada to the detriment of Canadian cattle producers.

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CCA welcomes legislation to implement new free trade agreements

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the introduction of legislation in Parliament to implement the Canada–Panama and Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The legislation was tabled today by International Trade Minister Ed Fast.“These may be small markets relative to our traditional beef exports, but they are markets where U.S. beef exporters already benefit from existing free trade agreements. The new FTAs with Panama and Jordan will enable Canadian beef to regain parity of access,” said CCA President Travis Toews.Upon implementation, the Canada-Panama agreement will provide an immediate duty free quota for up to 200 tonnes of high...

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CCA welcomes funding for innovation in agriculture sector

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s news that the $50 million Agricultural Innovation Program will include a non-repayable funding stream to assist and support knowledge creation and innovation development in the agriculture sector.The Knowledge Creation and Transfer stream is one of two funding streams available under the Agricultural Innovation Program introduced in Budget 2011. Details of the program were announced today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz.Of particular interest to the applied research community, the Knowledge Creation and Transfer funding stream will support projects that facilitate national value chain development such as market research and...

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