CCA congratulates Perdue on his appointment as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue on being nominated by President-elect of the United States Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

The CCA will continue to work closely with Canadian government officials and the Embassy in Washington to ensure the interests of Canadian beef producers are well represented as the Trump Administration and Secretary Perdue move forward.

The CCA believes that the economic benefits of Canada-U.S. agriculture trade are clear. Canada is the largest export customer for almost all large U.S. agricultural producing states, purchasing around $714 USD per capita of U.S. agricultural products while the U.S. purchases around $69 USD per capita of Canadian agricultural products. Canada is the U.S.’s top customer - purchasing more from the U.S. than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined - and their closest ally.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated that Canada welcomes a negotiation to update and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While the mechanism to do this has yet to be decided, if it should occur, the CCA is prepared for that discussion and seeks to improve the bilateral cattle and beef trade through greater regulatory cooperation.

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Contact:
Gina Teel
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
403-275-8558 x 306 | teelg@cattle.ca
www.cattle.ca

or

Tom Lynch-Staunton
Issues Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
780-265-4875| lynch-stauntont@cattle.ca
www.cattle.ca