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Renewed approval for Verified Beef Production program

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed news that the Government of Canada will deliver tax relief to producers struck by natural disasters across the prairie provinces in 2008 and 2009. This comes after years of effort by the CCA to bring about a national strategy that enables disaster-stricken producers to make decisions aimed at business recovery.CCA president, Brad Wildeman says, “We’re glad to see the federal government responding to our requests for equipping producers with tools to make well-informed business decisions during times of crisis.

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Renewed approval for Verified Beef Production program

The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program has received a renewed stamp of approval from the On-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).This recognition program, overseen by CFIA with the assistance of joint federal / provincial teams, provides official government oversight for on-farm food safety programs in Canada, to ensure they are technically sound and appropriately adapt the internationally recognized approach of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

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CCA has mixed response to FPT Ministers’ meeting

Calgary – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has a mixed response to the federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture meeting of last week.The CCA is pleased to see full support of the Agricultural Market Access Secretariat, pushing the World Trade Organization case against South Korea and the $20 million investment into the new Livestock Traceability Initiative. We also appreciate the Ministers’ willingness to conduct a thorough exploration into price insurance options for cattle producers. This is an issue the CCA has been working hard on over the past months.

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CCA supports Government of Canada’s request for WTO dispute settlement panel

Calgary – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports, and welcomes, the announcement from the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, that Canada is requesting the creation of a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement body to address South Korea’s continued ban on importing Canadian beef. In early April, Canada took the first formal step of WTO challenge against Korea. Consultations immediately began between the two countries but due to their lack of progress, the next step of creating a dispute settlement body is now...

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Marketing fund for cattle and beef widens its Alberta scope

More dollars available for broader-based projects.Edmonton... The doors to a national marketing development fund have opened wider for Alberta’s cattle and beef industry.Changes to an agreement between the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the province mean more Alberta-based projects with broader objectives will be eligible for the Canadian Beef and Cattle Market Development Fund (CBCMDF). The governments of Canada and Alberta, in collaboration with industry, launched the initiative with contributions of $50 million and $30 million respectively. Commonly referred to as the Legacy Fund, the initiative was created in 2005 following the discovery of BSE in the Canadian cattle herd.

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Upcoming International Livestock Congress equips industry for the future

Calgary ... On Friday, July 10, 2009, the seventh International Livestock Congress – Calgary (ILC) takes place. This industry-led event aims to equip producers, processors, exporters and the public sector with the strategic insight and tools required for managing and succeeding in the complex environment facing the industry.Click here to download the newsline

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Celebrating Environment Week - June 1 - 7, 2009

Cattle producers depend on a healthy environment. Protecting it is critical to the long-term sustainability of rural communities and a secure food supply. Celebrating Canada’s remarkable environment by caring stewardship is a role that ranchers and farmers take seriously. And as such they are taking action to decrease their contribution to the emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Colombia re-opening border to Canadian beef

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed news that Colombia will open their borders to Canadian beef – the first South American market to restore access to Canadian beef since the border closed due to BSE in 2003. The agreement re-opens the market for a wide range of Canadian beef and value-added beef products, initially yielding annual export levels of nearly $6 million in beef and $1 million in livestock and genetics.

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