September 4, 2015
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) said the detection of Bluetongue virus (BTV) in beef cattle in Southern Ontario shows Canada takes animal disease surveillance and testing seriously. The detection of BTV occurred as a result of routine testing through Canada’s Bovine Serological Surveillance testing program. Bluetongue is an animal health disease. There is no risk to human health associated with BTV. This occurrence will not affect exports of Canadian live cattle to the U. S. or exports of meat or meat products.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) today released its Federal Election Priorities document with information for all candidates running for Parliament in the upcoming 42nd General Election on October 19. Generating $9. 7 billion in farm cash receipts, the sale of cattle and calves was the largest single sector in Canadian agriculture in 2014. With 68,500 beef farms in the 2011 census, beef producers are both major drivers of the rural economy and can have a significant influence on the outcome on the election of Members to the 42nd Parliament.
Winnipeg, MB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Squaw Valley Ranch of British Columbia as the 2015 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The ranch is operated by Darrell Squair and his wife Doris Squair along with their son Travis and daughter-in-law Katie. They received the award this evening in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in an awards ceremony during the President’s Reception at the CCA’s 2015 Semi-Annual Meeting. Darrell and his wife Doris thanked the other provincial environmental stewardship award winners and fellow TESA nominees as they accepted the TESA award.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is encouraged by the significant progress made at the Ministerial meeting of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries in Hawaii this week. Although it was hoped an agreement would be reached today, the complexity of the negotiations are such that additional work will be required before the trade deal can be concluded. It is the CCA’s hope that negotiations resume quickly in order to maintain the momentum achieved this week.
Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance
This week trade Ministers from 12 Pacific countries, including Canada, could conclude an agreement to make it easier to trade with 40% of the world’s economy. But despite the fact that we’re a small economy that depends on trade, much of the public and political dialogue on the Trans Pacific Partnership has been focused inward. This is a mistake. By focusing inward, we’re ignoring how improved access to international markets will grow our economy, create jobs and support communities.
Beef producers from five Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries are calling for a high-quality market access deal on beef to be secured at the TPP ministerial meeting in Hawaii this month. Negotiators and trade ministers from the 12 TPP countries will meet in Maui in late July, with the goal of reaching agreement on the outstanding issues across the TPP agenda.
The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) says it is vital that a comprehensive, trade liberalising deal be finalised.
Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds the Government of Canada’s unwavering focus on implementing retaliatory tariffs in the U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) case, following a swift rejection of a proposal put forth today by U. S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to introduce a bill that would repeal the COOL legislation and replace it with a voluntary COOL provision. The CCA has made it clear that the voluntary COOL program being proposed by a handful of senators is unacceptable as it remains based on U. S.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent comments in Quebec City that it is essential for Canada to be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The CCA urges the Government of Canada to maintain a high level of ambition as the negotiations enter their final phase and ensure that Canada will become a founding member of the TPP. A TPP agreement could come together quite quickly now that the United States (U. S. ) Congress has granted U. S. President Barack Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to finish the negotiations.