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.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s announcement that Canada has reached a science-based technical agreement with South Korea as a step toward restoring market access for Canadian beef. The agreement for commercially viable market access for under 30-month-Canadian beef would represent a return of Canadian beef to all key Asian markets once implemented, as South Korea is the last market to maintain a trade ban imposed nearly a decade ago.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has read with interest the media reports about the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) preliminary ruling on Canada and Mexico’s complaint against Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). The CCA looks forward to the final WTO report being issued later this year.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates all Members of Parliament who were appointed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet this morning in Ottawa. The CCA is particularly pleased that Gerry Ritz remains with the Agriculture and Agri-Food portfolio and looks forward to continuing to work with the Minister on issues of importance to Canada’s beef cattle industry. Ritz was first appointed Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board in August 2007.