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Ahead of the 43rd federal election this October, the CCA has listed its recommendations that would help further position Canada’s beef industry as a key sector of sustainable growth.

CCA Report: CCA releases priorities document ahead of federal election

From the August 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It’s been a busy few months for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Since my last column, CCA has released its priorities document with information for all candidates running for Parliament in the 43rd general election in October. Available on, the document outlines CCA’s recommendations to further position the beef industry as a key sector […] Read more

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pose for a photo during a joint news conference on the closing of the seventh round of NAFTA talks in Mexico City, Mexico March 5, 2018.

CCA Report: International trade deals on the front burner

From the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The focus of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was firmly fixed on trade liberalization throughout September. Renewed activity on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations arrived just ahead of the return of Canadian Parliament following summer break, and the sitting of the fall session where it’s widely expected the Government of Canada will […] Read more

CCA Report: Some good news in July

From the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

July proved to be an active month on all fronts for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). CCA leadership met with Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay in Calgary, Alta., during his Growing Canadian Agriculture Tour. The tour enabled the minister to meet with farmers and agri-businesses and hear their ideas on how to capture growth […] 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: A successful annual meeting

From the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) enjoyed a hectic and successful annual general meeting in Ottawa March 8-10. I am always impressed by the quality and breadth of work produced by CCA staff, work which is, of course, central to the discussions that occur at the committee meeting level, and followed by the debates at the […] Read more

CCA Report: Reasons for optimism

From the August 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

If there was ever a time for optimism in the beef industry, it would have to be now. Positive developments in market access over the summer months are of practical as well as symbolic importance. Fully restored access to Mexico and the resumption of trade to Taiwan are important as every gain in market access supports […] Read more

CCA Report: North American producers stand firm on COOL

From the September 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held a busy and productive semi-annual meeting in Winnipeg, Man. in August. Much of the discussion and debate around the board table focused on addressing factors that may be preventing some producers from expanding their herds to take advantage of current market opportunities. While drought and extreme dry conditions remain […] Read more

Stock Growers Association splits with SCA on traceability

News Roundup from the August 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

There was no shortage of issues to debate with 24 resolutions on the table during Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association’s 102nd AGM at Swift Current. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart’s launch of the province’s online premises identification (PID) database during his address to open the conference didn’t sway members set against mandatory PID. They narrowly defeated a […] Read more

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz.

CCA Report: A COOL victory for Canadian beef producers

From the June 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On May 18, in a historic and decisive victory for Canada’s cattle industry, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a fourth and final ruling confirming that U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) discriminates against U.S. imports of Canadian cattle and hogs. The ruling effectively ends the eight-year legal battle initiated by the […] Read more