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CCA supports Minister’s continued efforts to ensure positive animal welfare

 Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) supports Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz’s efforts to improve animal welfare during transportation. Today, Minister Ritz announced an increase in the maximum fines that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency can issue to violators of the Health of Animals Act and the Plant Protection Act. Dave Solverson, CCA Animal Care Committee Chair, said consumers need to know that the vast majority of animals in transit, and in every day of their lives, are safe and in excellent health.

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Alberta check-off agreement benefits Canadian cattle industry

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) commends Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, The Honourable Jack Hayden, for his leadership and efforts to unite the province’s beef cattle industry in forging a resolution regarding the $1 mandatory, non-refundable national levy on beef cattle sales in Alberta. “The announcement that the Alberta Government has approved the proposal jointly submitted by the Alberta Beef Producers and the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association will put Alberta back into the leadership role on National Check- off funding for marketing and research,” said CCA President Travis Toews.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program Mentors Announced

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is pleased to announce the industry leaders who will mentor the Alberta participants in the pilot phase of the mentorship initiative. The CYL program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), provides industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to producers between the ages of 18 and 35. This experience will provide CYL participants with 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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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.

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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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