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Dan Darling is president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

CCA Report: The last word

From the March 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

I am pleased to provide you with this final report as president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). It has been an honour and a privilege to represent the interests of Canada’s beef producers for the last four years as president and vice-president of the CCA. Canada’s participation in the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement […] Read more

CCA Report: Speaking up for NAFTA

From the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) leadership travelled to two major agriculture policy conventions in the United States in early January to promote common interests in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and urge progress on regulatory modernization to improve the flow of trade between the two countries. The advocacy efforts are part of an increasingly […] Read more


CCA Report: More access to China

From the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It took two trips to Beijing for Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) vice-president David Haywood-Farmer in late 2017, but it paid off with Prime Minister Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announcing expanded access for Canadian beef on December 4. On the first trip, the CCA participated in the Beijing portion of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister […] Read more

CCA Report: Wrapping up 2017

From the December 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Several important developments occurred in November that hold promise for Canada’s beef producers as 2017 begins to wind down and business plans for next year start to take shape. These include progress in securing the groundwork for improved market access in the Asia Pacific region, and continual improvements to practices that producers already recognize as […] Read more


CCA Report: Tax and NAFTA

From the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It has been a busy and productive month for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Tax policy has been one of the top domestic policy issues for the CCA since the Government of Canada’s mid-summer announcement. We welcomed the government’s revisions to the tax change proposal announced in October, as their original plan had the potential […] Read more

CCA Report: A busy September

From the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fall is certainly off to a hectic start, with numerous trade and policy matters on the table. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) annual fall picnic took place on September 26 in Ottawa, following the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade talks. The CCA was among two dozen agriculture groups providing input […] Read more


The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association was in Washington for the first round of NAFTA talks.

CCA Report: Keeping tabs on NAFTA

From the October 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) attended the second round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade talks in Mexico City September 1-5. CCA executive vice-president Dennis Laycraft participated to ensure the industry’s key objectives were heard. In addition to maintaining NAFTA’s terms of trade for beef, the CCA seeks to improve the flow of […] Read more

CCA Report: Advocacy and recovery

From the September 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

In August, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held its 2017 semi-annual meeting in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Calgary. I am pleased with the continued momentum of the CBIC, which attracted a record 700+ registrants and surpassed that at the awards banquet with more than 800 guests. The CCA had guests […] Read more


In June, the U.S. gained access for several of its beef products. The Canadian government needs to engage China on behalf of Canadian beef producers to gain similar access.

CCA Report: Keeping tabs on trade

From the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Advocating for resources for the wildfires in British Columbia, preparing for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), achieving equivalent trade access with the U.S. in China are among the priority issues keeping the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) busy this summer. The CCA is making officials aware of the need to address […] Read more

CCA Report: Our negotiating position

From the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The beef cattle business is an interesting one in that there are many factors at play in determining a successful year from a less successful one. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) does a lot of good work to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the industry, including advocating for responsive business risk management tools and disaster […] Read more