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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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Potential EU trade deal may transform export opportunities of Canadian beef

Calgary, AB - Canada’s efforts to strike a comprehensive free trade agreement with the European Union (EU) offers the potential to achieve the valuable diversification sought by Canadian producers for reducing reliance on North American markets. The historic EU–Canada economic partnership could knock down significant barriers to Canadian beef and open new opportunities.

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A Bird in the Hand or Two in the Grass?

Calgary - International Migratory Bird Day, May 9, celebrates the return of Canada’s wintering birds. By now they have left their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central and South America and many are already here looking for suitable nest sites here in Canada.

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Amendments to federal loans program improves future of farming

Calgary, AB - Canadian beef cattle producers welcome the federal government’s proposed undertaking to improve opportunities in Canadian agriculture with the introduction of amendments to the Farm Improvement and Marketing Cooperative Loans Act. The changes aim at improving access to capital for primary farm operations and farm co- operatives involved in processing, marketing or distribution of farm products.

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