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Legislation for Panama Free Trade Agreement Introduced

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s news that the Government of Canada has tabled legislation to implement the Canada – Panama Free Trade Agreement in the House of Commons. This agreement will eventually provide duty free access for all Canadian beef products exported to Panama.

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COOL Hearing Goes Well - Long Road Still Ahead

 Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) attended oral hearings of the WTO Dispute Settlement Panel in Geneva, Switzerland this week.CCA President Travis Toews said the Government of Canada presented a very compelling case that U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) has violated the WTO Agreement.“I am very pleased with the solid preparation of the Canadian team and the professional manner in which they refuted the creative suggestions of the U.S. government,” Toews said following the hearings Sept. 14 and 15 in Geneva.

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Waldron Grazing Cooperative TESA winner for 2010

 Calgary, AB – The Waldron Grazing Cooperative Ltd. of Stavely, AB is the recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for 2010. The Waldron, a 54,480 acre operation with a 10,000 head grazing capacity, received the award in recognition of management practices that ensure a sustainable resource for future generations.Located mainly in the Foothills Montane Sub Region and encompassing a large area of the Oldman River Watershed, the Waldron’s innovative stewardship practices focus on riparian management, watering systems, controlling invasive species, rangeland health and wildlife management.Management practices like encouraging the delayed entry of livestock in the spring to strengthen the...

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CYL Development Program announces six Alberta recipients and new foundation partner, Cargill

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is pleased to announce the six Alberta recipients selected to participate in the pilot phase of the mentorship initiative.The CYL program is a national youth initiative announced by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) in July. The CYL program provides industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to producers between the ages of 18 and 35. CYL participants will have the opportunity to explore a potential career choice or involvement with a provincial/national producer organization, while gaining the expertise and business acumen necessary to sustain the cattle industry into the future.

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Philippines Agreement Brings Beneficial Access for Producers

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is very appreciative of the ongoing efforts of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to gain new international market access for Canada’s cattle producers. Today’s announcement that the Philippine Government has agreed to open its market to Canadian animal-rendered by-products is the latest example of the beneficial results the Minister’s efforts continue to deliver.

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Plan to attend the 2010 CCA National Convention and Semi-Annual Meeting August 10-13

Cattle producers and industry partners: circle Aug. 10-13 on the calendar. Those are the dates for the 2010 CCA National Convention and Semi-annual Meeting, being held in Calgary this year.The CCA Semi-Annual Meeting is the place to be to stay informed and witness key decision makers discuss our industry’s most pressing issues. Take advantage of the meeting’s excellent networking opportunities with events like the golf tournament, half-day tour and entertainment evening with live auction benefiting 4-H.Click here to download the complete information package, including schedules and registration forms.Questions? Contact the CCA office at 403.275.8558, ext. 405 or email jenkinsp@cattle.ca.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program Launches Pilot in Alberta

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program officially launched today in Alberta. Application forms for phase one of the CYL program, recently announced by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), are now available online at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com. Watch for the official CYL program website, soon to be unveiled at the same link.

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CCA Welcomes First Steps to Increased Interprovincial Beef Trade

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the progress made regarding interprovincial beef trade at the meeting of Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture in Saskatoon.The creation of pilot projects aimed at expanding inter-provincial trade in meat is an important step in maintaining the competitiveness of the beef business in Canada, especially as the USDA made changes to allow interstate trade of state inspected beef last year.The CCA hopes the proposed plan leads to more viable options for farmers and ranchers to market their cattle.

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