Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) appreciates the Government of Canada’s focus on research and innovation in the agricultural sector, as announced in Budget 2011 today. The CCA has long held the view that research and innovation are crucial to the long-term competitiveness of the Canadian cattle industry. Programs such as the CCA’s Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) are an example of the kind of innovation that will lead to enhanced trade and market access opportunities. “The benefit of research and innovation to the Canadian cattle industry cannot be overstated,” said CCA President Travis Toews.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s Government of Canada investment toward the establishment of a new facility in Edmonton that will provide genomics technologies and services to Canada’s livestock producers.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association 2011 Annual General Meeting was a great success. Held in Ottawa March 7-11, the AGM saw CCA President Travis Toews and Vice President Martin Unrau re-elected for another term. During the action-packed week the CCA addressed the House Standing Committee on Health Regarding Antimicrobial Resistance and received $8 million in funding from Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to help Canadian cattle farmers improve their profitability and competitiveness.
Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency
During its Annual General Meeting March 7, 2011, the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency (commonly referred to as the National Check-off Agency) was given clear direction by its directors to accept the recommendations of the Canada Beef Working Group (CBWG). These recommendations include the restructuring of the Agency’s governance and business plan to enable the Agency to assume the responsibility of implementing the domestic marketing plans of the Beef Information Centre (BIC) and the international marketing plans of the Canada Beef Export Federation (CBEF).
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan’s announcement today that the Government of Canada is launching a scoping study to explore the viability of a free trade agreement with Japan. “Full and free access to the Japanese market is a very high priority for the Canadian beef industry,” said CCA President Travis Toews. “The CCA strongly supports the initiation of this exploration study and we are hopeful that the process will eventually lead to Canadian beef reaching its potential in Japan. ”
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s news that the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will provide assistance for livestock producers facing extra costs to feed their animals as a result of the unprecedented moisture levels across the province in 2010. CCA Vice President Martin Unrau said the assistance is appreciated, noting last year’s excess moisture has created additional problems for producers already dealing with cash flow issues related to difficult market conditions over the last decade.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) appreciates the announcement today that the Governments of Canada and Alberta will provide emergency assistance for livestock producers in the Peace Region, where prolonged dry conditions have resulted in severe feed shortages.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s announcement from the Government of Canada that Costa Rica has agreed to resume full unrestricted access for Canadian beef. The agreement, announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan, continues the momentum in gaining full unrestricted access through South and Central America, joining similar decisions by Colombia and Panama.