The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates the Government of Canada on its market access agreement with Vietnam that allows for the immediate export of live breeding cattle. The agreement provides Canadian producers of live breeding cattle, goats and sheep access to the Vietnamese market for the first time since 2003. The Vietnamese market is worth up to $50 million. The CCA President Travis Toews congratulated International Trade Minister Ed Fast and the Government of Canada on its latest market access breakthrough to benefit Canada’s beef sector.
Today Prime Minister Harper continued his trade mission in Latin America with a visit to Costa Rica where he announced that Canada and Costa Rica will commence negotiations to modernize the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement. The current agreement with Costa Rica came into effect in 2002. Unfortunately, access for Canadian beef to Costa Rica was excluded from the 2002 agreement and the 15 per cent tariff has remained fully in effect since that time.
Brian and Glenys Weedon of the Weedon Ranch are the 2011 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). A national award presented by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), TESA recognizes innovative sustainable management practices and stewardship initiatives that ensure a sustainable future for the beef cattle industry. The Weedons received their award today during the annual TESA event held during the CCA semi-annual meeting and International Livestock Congress in Calgary.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement that the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement will come into effect next Monday, August 15. The implementation of this agreement is the final step necessary to enable Canada’s beef sector to access the growing Colombian beef market. In early 2010, Colombia lifted its BSE-related technical barriers to Canadian beef and breeding cattle, however the 80 per-cent import duty remained as a formidable trade barrier. The Canada-Colombia FTA will immediately provide duty-free access for up to 5,250 tonnes per year of Canadian beef and offals.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s timely announcement of $448 million in funding assistance for producers affected by extreme wet conditions on the Prairies. The AgriRecovery assistance, announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, will help producers dealing with excess moisture and flooding to better manage their situation. The assistance will help producers restore damagedcropland and help to address the costs of feeding their breeding herd.
Calgary, AB – The 2011 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is off to a great start, with candidates and their mentors ready to embrace the opportunities afforded by the eight-month mentorship program. Knowledgeable mentors from across the country have volunteered their time in order to better enable and prepare the CYL candidates to lead the beef industry into a prosperous future. Mentors and mentees come from a wide array of backgrounds and careful thought was given to the pairings, said CYL coordinator Fawn Jackson.
The 2011 CCA Semi-Annual Meeting runs August 9-12 in Calgary and is the place to be informed about the Canadian beef cattle industry. CCA committee meetings will be held August 9 and 11. Networking opportunities include events like the CCA golf tournament and tour on the afternoon of August 11. The CCA national convention has partnered again with the International Livestock Congress (ILC), set to run Wednesday, August 10.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) strongly supports the recognition in the Saint Andrews Statement issued today that innovation and research will play a key role in assuring Growing Forward 2 enables the agriculture industry to capitalize on emerging market opportunities. Research and innovation is one of the CCA’s key priorities. Innovation improvements that increase the long-term sustainability and profitability of Canadian producers can come from greater investment in research and development and tech transfer, said CCA President Travis Toews.