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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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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Announces 2014 Mentorship Recipients

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program is pleased to announce its 2014 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were selected following the final selection round at the CYL Spring Forum held in Calgary on March 22, 2014. A total of 26 semi-finalists vied for a spot in the national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The 2014 CYL mentorship recipients are:

• British Columbia: Erin Durrell - Williams Lake. • Alberta: Stacey Domolewski - Taber, Laura Ecklund - Olds, Tessa Nybo – Sundre, Stuart Somerville - Endiang, Colin Verbeek - Sturgeon County.

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CCA Introduces New Logo

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to introduce its new logo. The new logo better reflects the high level work that the association does on behalf of the producers who operate Canada’s 68,500 beef farms and feedlots. The logo is the latest part of a rebranding process that began with the launch of the new CCA website in the fall of 2013. In keeping with tradition, there are two versions of the CCA logo. The full version features the CCA acronym and association name along with the tagline, ‘National Voice of Cattle Producers.

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Beef Cattle Producers Applaud Korea FTA

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is very pleased with today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada and the Republic of Korea have reached a free trade agreement (FTA). Under the terms of the agreement, the 40 per cent Korean tariff on fresh and frozen beef will be fully eliminated in 15 equal annual steps and the 18 per cent tariff on offals will be fully eliminated in 11 equal annual steps.

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CCA Welcomes New President, Vice President at AGM

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dave Solverson and Dan Darling were acclaimed as President and Vice President, respectively, at the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa, ON. Solverson, a native of Camrose, AB, takes over from Martin Unrau, who moves to the position of CCA Past President. During his term as President, Unrau successfully resolved three long-standing files: a Canada-EU trade deal, Japan moving to accept under-thirty-month beef, and the expansion of the cattle price and basis insurance program.

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CCA Announces New Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award

Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) today introduced a new award that recognizes innovation that supports industry competitiveness and sustainability. The Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award (BIISA) publicly recognizes industry stakeholders and value chain members for their outstanding commitment to the sustainability of Canada’s beef industry through loyalty and innovation. The BIISA is awarded by the CCA on behalf of the producers who operate Canada’s 68,500 beef farms and feedlots. The CCA is pleased to announce McDonald’s® Canada as the first recipient of the BIISA.

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Canadian Team Defends Interest in COOL Dispute at WTO

(Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulate the Canadian team defending their interests in the U. S. – Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) dispute this week at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. CPC Chair Jean Guy Vincent reported from Geneva, “This is a very complicated process and the Canadian team performed very well in making our case and answering many complex questions. ” He added, “This matter is very important to Canadian hog producers. It has been very frustrating trying to eliminate WTO illegalities in COOL.

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