CCA Welcomes Focus on Market Access, Research and Innovation in Budget 2011

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) appreciates the Government of Canada’s focus on research and innovation in the agricultural sector, as announced in Budget 2011 today.

The CCA has long held the view that research and innovation are crucial to the long-term competitiveness of the Canadian cattle industry. Programs such as the CCA’s Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) are an example of the kind of innovation that will lead to enhanced trade and market access opportunities.

“The benefit of research and innovation to the Canadian cattle industry cannot be overstated,” said CCA President Travis Toews.

In terms of other cattle industry priorities, the CCA is strongly committed to work with the government following the delivery of the Budget towards a national cattle price insurance program and market development funding.