Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) lobbying efforts on behalf of Manitoba’s flood-ravaged producers came to fruition, on Thursday, when the Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba announced a joint funding program to aid business recovery of producers affected by the 2008 floods. The natural disaster drowned out hay, forage and pasture fields leaving producers without livestock feed and the ability to re-establish crops. The three-pronged recovery program also improves tax benefits for all Canadian producers, when faced with disasters, serving as a blueprint for developing a comprehensive national disaster recovery program for the industry.
Calgary – The Canadian Cattlemens’ Association met with Government of Canada officials today to discuss new voluntary guidelines suggested by United States (U.S.) Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, in conjunction with the final rule implementing U.S. mandatory Country-of-Origin Labelling (mCOOL), which takes effect March 16, 2009. If adopted, these substantive changes will further disrupt cattle and beef trade between Canada and the U.S. CCA is calling for the Canadian government to undertake all available actions, including an early resumption of a World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge against these U.S. trade-restrictive actions.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to hear the news of Saudi Arabia opening their borders for Canadian beef. The agreement reopens the market for Canadian boneless beef exports from cattle under-thirty-months. Canada and Saudi Arabia continue extensive talks; with the goal of full market access. Once full access is achieved, export levels worth nearly $6 million could be re-established.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) received encouraging news today when the Government of Canada secured full market access for Canadian beef and cattle exports into Jordan. International Trade Minister, Stockwell Day, and Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, announced Jordan’s decision to lift their import ban imposed in 2003 due to the discovery of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the federal government’s extension of the repayment deadline for regular and emergency loans, plus related interest benefits under the Advance Payment Program (APP) to September 30, 2010. This extension relieves some of the ongoing economic hardship facing Canadian livestock producers.
Before the market closures due to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Hong Kong was Canada’s tenth largest export market in 2002. That year alone, Hong Kong imported 625 tonnes of Canadian beef - worth $2.9 million.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds the federal government for securing an agreement, in-principle, for the sale of Canadian beef to Hong Kong. Based on a staged compliance process, by year- end, it significantly expands Canadian beef producers’ access to the Hong Kong market for commercially-viable exports of beef.
Calgary, AB - The United States Department of Agriculture issued the final rule for mandatory Country-of-Origin (COOL) labelling today. The CCA is hopeful that changes allowing greater flexibility in the COOL final rule reduce some market uncertainty. However the CCA remains opposed to the mandatory initiative, seeing it as a barrier to trade.