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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BIXS launches online cattle classifieds

Calgary, AB – The Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) is pleased to announce a new online cattle sales listing service for registered participants. Launched today at http://bixs-cattlelist. cattle. ca the BIXS Cattle-Classifieds enables program members to advertise upcoming auction market or private sales of their BIXS registered cattle to prospective buyers. The online BIXS Cattle-Classifieds provides registered producers with an additional platform for building potential business relationships to bolster their marketing program for their BIXS cattle. Viewers can sort the listings by birthdate, weight, breed/cross, geographical location, implant status, vaccination date or other optional information entered by participants.

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CCA Congratulates Government of Canada on Market Access Report

Today, representatives of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) met with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in Ottawa where he released the Agriculture and Agri-Food Market Access Report 2010-2011. In the report Minister Ritz along with International Trade Minister Ed Fast itemizes the many agricultural market access gains that have been achieved between January 2010 and March 2011. The report highlights the importance of exports to Canada’s agriculture sector and underscores the potential for growth through expanded market access. Market access is a top priority for the CCA.

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