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Canadian cattle and their role in caring for a sustainable Earth

Calgary, AB - When it comes to the environment, according to cattle producers - Canadian cattle have a bum rap. Contrary to reports, Canadian livestock make only a minor contribution to Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use. Actually, cattle play an essential role in sustainable agriculture. Read the Fact Sheet: 20-04-09 - CCA Fact sheet - Cattle producers as part of the environmental solution

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Producers support federal government WTO trade actions against South Korea

Calgary, AB – Canadian cattle producers received welcome news today when the Government of Canada announced it is taking the first formal step of a WTO (World Trade Organization) challenge against South Korea, based on its unjustified refusal to resume trade of Canadian beef.

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Manitoba-Federal disaster recovery program creates national blueprint

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.

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CCA calls for action against mCOOL

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.

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Saudi Arabia opens borders for Canadian beef

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.

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Export market expands for Canadian beef and cattle – Jordan opens borders

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).

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Extended repayment of producer cash advances relieves economic pressure

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.

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Canada’s beef industry and its relationship with Hong Kong

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.

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