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CCA applauds announcement of complete CETA text

Calgary-AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds today’s announcement that Canada and the European Union (EU) have reached a complete text for a free trade agreement. Today’s progress follows the historic agreement-in-principle for a Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) reached last October and means the complete text can now be translated and be given a final legal review. CCA President Dave Solverson called the progress on CETA outstanding and thanked Prime Minister Stephen Harper and International Trade Minister Ed Fast for their demonstrated commitment to move the agreement forward.

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CCA welcomes progress on China trade file

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s news that China will work towards the necessary approvals to permit access for Canadian bone-in beef from animals under thirty months of age (UTM) and live cattle. The development is the latest in the staged approach to full market access with China first announced in 2010. The CCA shifted its priority to further expand access to include bone-in UTM beef in January 2013 after China approved additional Canadian processing facilities to export Canadian beef to China.

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Korea FTA tabled in Parliament

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the tabling in Parliament today of the text of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This represents an important milestone on the path towards implementation of the agreement. CCA Vice President and Foreign Trade Chair, Dan Darling, lauded the Government of Canada’s efforts to get the Canada-Korea FTA implemented in time to avoid the U. S. gaining another year’s tariff reduction ahead of Canada.

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Industry leaders establish Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Beef producer groups, agricultural businesses, researchers, environmental organizations, and leaders in sustainable business collaborate to attain long-term sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. EDMONTON, June 10, 2014 – Leaders from across various industries have come together to form the first Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). With over 68,500 beef farms contributing more than $33 billion to Canada’s economy and conserving over 50 million acres of Canada’s environmentally significant grasslands, the Roundtable aims to be a leader in the continuous improvement and sustainability of the beef value chain.

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Beef producers demand a high quality TPP deal

Beef producers from four Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries have again demanded that any TPP agreement be a high quality deal that eliminates all tariffs on beef. Members of the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA)* from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, urge all participants involved in the TPP negotiations to re-commit to securing a comprehensive, non-discriminatory outcome – one which eliminates tariffs and importantly addresses behind the border trade barriers.

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Cattle production a good fit with voluntary conservation practices

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) looks forward to working with the Government of Canada on the details of the National Conservation Plan (NCP), announced today by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Canada’s beef cattle producers are conservationists by nature and sustainably manage millions of acres of land home to thousands of species including many species at risk that are present and thrive alongside well-managed livestock production. The NCP supports voluntary conservation and restoration practices, making it a good fit with beef cattle production.

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CCA Participates in Korea, Japan Trade Mission

Calgary, AB - Representatives of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Canada Beef Inc. are today heading home after the conclusion of a week-long trade mission to Korea and Japan led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. CCA Executive Vice President Dennis Laycraft and Canada Beef Inc. President Rob Meijer participated in the mission to promote Canadian beef to many important Korean and Japanese beef importers.

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CCA Statement on DC Appeals Court rehearing COOL case

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated the March 28 ruling that had left in place a lower court’s denial of the preliminary injunction sought by the coalition of which CCA is a member. The requested preliminary injunction would block implementation of the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s May 2013 final rule on U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). The CCA is encouraged that the full Court will rehear the case in May.

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