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Costa Rica to resume full access for Canadian beef

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.

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CCA welcomes Canada - U.S. effort to streamline cross-border business

Calgary, AB – On Friday February 4, Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with U. S. President Barack Obama and the two leaders announced the initiation of work between Canada and the U. S. to streamline cross-border business including the creation of a United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Travis Toews called the development “an immensely important initiative for the Canada-U. S. cattle and beef industry. ”

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CBWG News Release: Canada Beef Working Group recommends single independent marketing organization

Canada Beef Working Group

The following news release is posted on behalf of the Canada Beef Working Group (CBWG).

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The CCA welcomes program announcement for Manitoba livestock producers

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the announcement that Manitoba livestock producers affected by the poor 2010 growing season will receive feed and transportation assistance from the governments of Canada and Manitoba. The Canada-Manitoba Feed and Transportation Assistance Initiative will help livestock producers who are facing feed shortages this winter as a result of the extremely wet conditions in the province this year. The assistance, provided through AgriRecovery, was announced in Winnipeg by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Stan Struthers.

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CCA supports government investment in inter-provincial trade

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports the Government of Canada’s announcement today that it will invest up to $3 million for a series of pilot projects aimed at facilitating inter-provincial trade. As the domestic market is Canada’s biggest market, removing any barriers to improved trade is a worthy undertaking, said CCA President Travis Toews. Indeed one of the CCA’s principles is free and competitive trade both internationally and inter-provincially.

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CCA Supports COOL Challenge

Calgary, AB – Representatives of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), led by President Travis Toews, attended the second round of oral hearings examining whether the United States Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) law violates the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. Held in Geneva, Switzerland on December 1 & 2, this second and final oral hearing is, for Canada, the culmination of more than two years of work compiling and documenting the negative impacts of COOL on the Canadian cattle industry.

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CCA praises duty-free access for Canadian beef in EU market

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) praises today’s announcement that Canadian beef will now have improved access to the European Union (EU) in the form of a 20,000 tonne duty free quota. This issue has been one of CCA’s top market access priorities and we congratulate Ministers Gerry Ritz and Peter Van Loan for keeping this issue at the forefront in order to achieve today’s result. “This is an extremely important step for Canadian beef producers,” said the CCA President Travis Toews.

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Beef Cattle Code of Practice renewal takes next step

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) praises today’s announcement that Canadian beef will now have improved access to the European Union (EU) in the form of a 20,000 tonne duty free quota. This issue has been one of CCA’s top market access priorities and we congratulate Ministers Gerry Ritz and Peter Van Loan for keeping this issue at the forefront in order to achieve today’s result. “This is an extremely important step for Canadian beef producers,” said the CCA President Travis Toews.

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