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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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CCA Statement on language for repeal of COOL included in U.S. omnibus appropriations bill

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s development that the omnibus appropriations bill filed in the U. S. Congress includes language for the repeal of U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef and pork. While this is an encouraging sign, there is much work to do before the omnibus bill becomes law. The CCA will continue to work with its U. S.

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CCA Statement on global climate change agreement

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) looks forward to learning more about the global climate change agreement reached in Paris on Saturday and to meeting with Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and other officials to learn what the commitments are and how the Canadian beef sector fits into the new agreement. The Canadian beef industry is well positioned as a leader in environmental stewardship. Canadian beef producers are already actively engaged in reducing environmental footprints, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, through continual improvements in health programs, sustainable production and innovation.

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Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, National Cattle Feeders’ Association and Canadian Meat Council Welcome WTO Arbitration Ruling on COOL

December 7, 2015

Canada’s beef and pork sectors welcomed today’s long awaited decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) Arbitration panel with great satisfaction. The arbitrators have determined that Canadian livestock producers have suffered annual damages in the amount of $1. 055 billion CAD. U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) has been in effect since 2008. As the arbitrator’s finding shows, in these seven years the cumulative losses for the Canadian beef and pork sectors have been staggering. At every step of the process, the WTO has repeatedly found that the U. S.

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