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Want to tap into the European beef market?

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has resources for producers interested in exporting beef to Europe. That requires participating in Canada’s Growth Enhancing Product (GEP) free program, which also enables other market opportunities that require documented confirmation of the absence of growth-enhancing products. Concerns have been recently expressed by cattle producers that they are unable to identify […] Read more

Online town hall on cattle checkoff

The Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency will be hosting an online town hall on the cattle checkoff on Feb. 27. The agency, which oversees Canada Beef and the Beef Cattle Research Council, said the town hall will examine how the checkoff is collected, remitted and invested, and give “concrete examples of the return on investment for […] Read more



As usual, all eyes are on U.S. President Donald Trump, who calls NAFTA the “worst trade deal ever made.” That view has been translated into explosive demands by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (centre) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (far right).

Don’t write NAFTA’s obituary just yet

‘Absurd’ demands have heightened fears that President Trump aims to kill the trade pact, but experts say that’s premature

Stay calm and keep negotiating’ seems to be the mantra of Canadian farm groups even as a growing number of experts warn NAFTA may be doomed. U.S. negotiators dropped a series of bombshells in the fourth round of talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — demands that Canada and Mexico had said […] Read more



Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Trump has been good for agriculture, says top U.S. cattle official

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the U.S. president is ‘getting a lot of stuff done for agriculture’

When it comes to agriculture, President Donald Trump is doing a crackerjack job, says a senior official with the top U.S. cattle association. “If you listen to the media, it’s nothing but conversations about Russia, South Korea and the overall general hatred for people who just don’t like Donald Trump,” said Colin Woodall, senior vice-president […] Read more


NAFTA works for beef, say cattle leaders

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president Dan Darling and his U.S. and Mexican counterparts have issued a joint letter calling on governments of the three nations to keep the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement affecting beef producers. The CCA, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas say the trade agreement properly […] Read more

Most American producers are glad that Canadian cattle are no longer subject to a labelling law.

U.S. producers glad that COOL is gone

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is also strongly behind the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

American cattle producers are just as happy about the demise of the country-of-origin labelling law and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as their Canadian counterparts. That’s the take of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) after its executive and executive director attended the annual convention of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in California last month. “We were […] Read more


Beef Advocacy Canada helps producers become spokespeople for the sector.

Beef sector wants cattle producers to speak up

Beef Advocacy Canada says farmers are the best people to 
engage consumers because ‘no one knows the industry better’

Want to be an advocate for Canadian beef? There’s a program for that. Beef Advocacy Canada is about to launch a new training program for beef producers willing to be the faces — and voices — of the beef sector. “We are looking to empower advocates for the beef industry — people who are raising […] Read more

Christmas came early for beef and pork producers

Faced with the prospect of punishing sanctions, Congress includes repeal of COOL law in omnibus bill

Elated.” That was the word the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association used to described the U.S. Senate passage of Congress’s omnibus appropriations bill that would repeal U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for Canadian beef and pork. “This is fantastic news for Canada’s beef cattle producers,” said CCA president Dave Solverson, who ranches near Camrose. “The CCA initiated this […] Read more