Alberta check-off agreement benefits Canadian cattle industry

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) commends Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, The Honourable Jack Hayden, for his leadership and efforts to unite the province’s beef cattle industry in forging a resolution regarding the $1 mandatory, non-refundable national levy on beef cattle sales in Alberta.

“The announcement that the Alberta Government has approved the proposal jointly submitted by the Alberta Beef Producers and the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association will put Alberta back into the leadership role on National Check- off funding for marketing and research,” said CCA President Travis Toews.

The Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association (ACFA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement to implement the $1 non-refundable levy using ABP’s regulatory power under the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act. The non-refundable levy will be implemented before year end and will sunset on March 13, 2013, unless a review leads to an extension.