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CCA joins International Trade Minister Freeland in Europe to Promote CETA

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Dan Darling is in Brussels, Belgium this week accompanying International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland as she promotes the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The Minister’s mission provided an opportunity to highlight the need to resolve important technical issues for Canada’s beef exporters in order for the sector to realize the full potential of the deal’s trade benefits. "The potential of the CETA is immense for Canadian beef producers,” said Darling, who runs a cow-calf and backgrounding operation in Ontario.

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Labour gap in Canadian beef sector could quadruple by 2025, study finds

Ottawa, ON – Chronic workforce shortages in Canada’s agricultural sector are expected to continue, with the number of unfilled jobs in the beef sector forecasted to more than quadruple over the next decade. According to the Labour Market Information Study (LMIS), the labour gap is significant, with unfilled vacancies costing the beef industry $141 million is sales (farm gate cash receipts) in 2014.

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CCA welcomes new President, Vice President

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Dan Darling and David Haywood-Farmer, who were elected by acclamation as President and Vice President, respectively, on March 12, 2016 at the CCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa, ON. Darling moves to President after serving a two year term as Vice President, a position to which he was acclaimed to on March 7, 2014 at the CCA AGM. He replaces Dave Solverson, who moves to the position of Past-President.

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CCA announces 2016 Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award recipient

Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Jim Clark, executive director, Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association (OCFA) and the Ontario Corn Fed Beef (OCFB) Program as recipients of the 2016 Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award (BIISA). Clark was selected to receive the 2016 BIISA for the development of OCFB, a producer-led branded beef program with a strong emphasis on sustainability and beef quality. Managed by the OCFA, the OCFB program has grown into the largest producer-owned branded beef program in Canada, providing high quality beef for consumers and value for producers.

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CCA applauds Canada’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Dave Solverson is in Auckland, New Zealand today to witness Canada’s Minister for International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. “Canada’s participation in the TPP will be extremely positive for Canadian beef producers and other farmers, as well as for Canada as a whole,” said Solverson. “I applaud Minister Freeland for her effort to study the agreement and consult with Canadians on its content. Beef producers from across Canada have signaled their strong support for the agreement to her.

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CCA Media Advisory - Interview opportunity with CCA following signing of TPP Agreement

Event: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Dave Solverson and Director, Government and International Relations, John Masswohl, are in Auckland, New Zealand for the signing of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement by Canada’s International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland. Availability: Wednesday, February 3, between 6 p. m. and 9 p. m. MST (2 p. m. to 5 p. m. Thursday Auckland time) Solverson and Masswohl will be available to take media calls to discuss the significance of the TPP to Canada’s beef producers and next steps for ratification of the agreement.

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South Korea lifts BSE trade restrictions

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that Canadian beef and beef products can once again flow to South Korea effective immediately, following that country’s lifting of a temporary suspension imposed in February 2015 in response to the confirmation of a case (#19) of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Alberta. CCA President Dave Solverson said the resumption of access to South Korea is important for Canada’s beef producers. “South Korea holds huge potential for beef and especially cuts and offals that are underutilized here at home.

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CCA succeeds in COOL repeal for beef and pork, Canada’s beef producers victors as 7 year trade war ends

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is elated that the omnibus appropriations bill including language to repeal U. S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef and pork today cleared both the U. S. House and Senate and has been sent to President Barack Obama to be signed. Once signed, the bill will become law, marking the successful conclusion of a legal battle initiated by the CCA over seven years ago. The passage of the omnibus appropriations bill in the U. S.

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