The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates all Members of Parliament who were appointed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet this morning in Ottawa. The CCA is particularly pleased that Gerry Ritz remains with the Agriculture and Agri-Food portfolio and looks forward to continuing to work with the Minister on issues of importance to Canada’s beef cattle industry. Ritz was first appointed Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board in August 2007.
As the world looks for ways to protect grassland birds and other threatened migratory bird populations, cattle producers across Canada have emerged as an important part of the solution. International Migratory Bird Day is May 14, 2011. Migratory bird populations have dropped sharply worldwide, with many grassland bird species high on the list of priorities for conservation action. Beef farmers and ranchers own or manage approximately 21 million hectares of grass pastures in Canada that are also prime habitat for these birds.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is making producers aware that immediate assistance is required by Manitoba producers affected by the urgent call for the evacuation of cattle in areas facing impending flooding threats surrounding Lake Manitoba. On May 10, Manitoba’s Agriculture Minister declared a livestock emergency and indicated that up to 100,000 head of cattle may have to be moved.
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Travis Toews congratulates Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada for its majority win in Canada’s 41st General Election. “The people of Canada have sent Prime Minister Harper back to Ottawa with a clear mandate to continue working to improve the Canadian economy,” said Toews. A key element of the Conservative agricultural election platform was to strengthen the Government’s agricultural market access function. “The CCA looks forward to working with this majority government to complete important trade agreements with the European Union, Korea and on many other fronts,” Toews said.
April 18, 2011
Updated April 21, 2011
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has received the first responses to its questionnaire inviting the federal political parties to clarify their respective platform positions on agriculture ahead of Canada’s 41st federal election. Presented to all the federal parties, the CCA questionnaire contained 11 questions on a range of key policy issues of importance to Canada’s beef cattle producers. The CCA is sharing the Parties’ full and unedited responses to the questionnaire with Canada's 83,000 cattle producers to help them decide their vote on May 2.
Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is pleased to announce its 2011 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were named following a challenging selection process that saw 24 finalists participate in a roundtable setting with key industry facilitators. The roundtable event was held on April 2 during the Northlands Farm and Ranch Show in Edmonton. The 2011 CYL mentorship recipients are:
B. C. : Jeff Braisher and Haley Rutherford. Alberta: Ellen Hondl, Mark Lyseng, Kelsey Brandon, Becky Fenton, Lindsay Smith, Virgil Lowe and Christy Goldhawk.
The CCA has prepared the following issues briefing materal for the federal candidates in the coming election to ensure our industry issues remain top of mind.
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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.