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Book helps producers do their part on International Migratory Bird Day

May 8 is International Migratory Bird Day. Created in 1993, International Migratory Bird Day focuses attention on the remarkable migration of 90 per cent of Canada’s birds back from the southern United States, Mexico and Central America.Unfortunately, many of those bird populations are in decline. The reasons are varied and sometimes uncertain but mitigated somewhat by ready access to an abundant food supply.  For many of the grassland birds, that food supply means grasshoppers. In agriculture, however, extraordinary numbers of grasshoppers can mean crop damage.Believing that every insect has its ecological role, Dr. Dan Johnson, University of Lethbridge, wrote a...

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CCA asks BoC to consider cattle industry

As noted in the April 26 edition of Action News, CCA President Travis Toews has sent a letter to BoC Governor Mark Carney asking the bank to consider the impact of a high Canadian dollar on the cattle industry before raising interest rates ahead of the U.S.

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CCA officials meet with PM Stephen Harper

Calgary, AB – As noted in the March 29 edition of Action News, CCA officials met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa during the association’s annual general meeting March 22-26, 2010. The CCA’s President, Brad Wildeman, Vice President Travis Toews, Manager of Federal Provincial Relations Ryder Lee, and directors Martin Unrau of Manitoba, Curtis Royal of Ontario and Kevin Antworth of New Brunswick communicated a number of points of critical importance to the industry directly to the PM.

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CCA elects new President and Vice President

CALGARY, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA)’s board of directors elected Travis Toews from Alberta as President and Martin Unrau from Manitoba as Vice President during the CCA’s annual general meeting in Ottawa, ON, March 22-26, 2010. Having completed a two year term, Brad Wildeman remains an officer, serving as past president.

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Federal investment in beef cattle research will benefit industry

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is very pleased with the more than $6 million in funding for the Beef Cattle Science Research Cluster announced today by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.The Cluster includes an expert advisory group whose work will help to advance the competitiveness and sustainability of the beef cattle industry. The Cluster’s priority areas include the continued improvement to Canada’s beef product through enhanced beef quality and improved food safety interventions as well as strengthening industry’s commitment to improving production efficiencies.The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President Brad Wildeman said the cattle industry has been working in...

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Budget 2010 is good news for Canada’s cattle producers

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) strongly supports measures contained in the 2010 Federal Budget aimed at ensuring producers have access to competitive cattle processing operations in Canada.Of particular note is the $25 million in 2010–11 targeted at cattle processing plants that handle over thirty month (OTM) cattle. The funding will address costs associated with OTM slaughter, a measure requested by the CCA, the Beef Value Chain Round Table, the Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Canadian Meat Council, and Quebec Beef Producers. The CCA is extremely pleased to see the issue addressed in Budget 2010.It costs more to...

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CCA Participates in Minister Ritz’s Trade Mission

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Brad Wildeman and staff travelled to Colombia and Mexico with Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in support of his efforts to open markets for Canadian beef.

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CCA congratulates leaders for progress made during Asia mission

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is encouraged with news of the progress made during Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz’s Asian trade mission. Throughout the mission, which visited several major Asian markets including China, Hong Kong and Korea, the key focus was agriculture. CCA President Brad Wildeman was pleased to participate in the mission to provide support and expertise to the Prime Minister and Minister Ritz.

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