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Policy Briefing: Agriculture

Feds’ AgriCompetitiveness program has non-profits chasing new revenue streams

Opposition critics call on feds to support ‘unbiased’ training for farmers.
Bees are not only important for honey production; they also play a key role in both the agricultural system and the preservation of healthy ecosystems more broadly.
Strangely, the most serious threat to Canadian agriculture is mentioned the least often: the impact of climate change.
Conservatives needed to take another look at Bill C-52 that was introduced last June, which was supposed to rectify the imbalance in market power between farmers and railways.
Farmers have already waited long enough. Moving forward, the government must be held accountable to ensure that farmers receive the fair and efficient services and compensation they deserve, now and into the future.

The agriculture and food industry is the largest manufacturing employer in Canada, generating one in eight jobs with record exports topping $50-billion for the first time in Canada’s history.
A new deputy minister at the Department of Agriculture fits the government’s focus on international trade, but the incoming top bureaucrat should focus more on the infrastructure to take advantage of newly-opened markets, one industry stakeholder says.
The bill aims to increase supply chain transparency and strengthen contracts between producers and shippers, the government said when it was introduced.
Agriculture industry welcomes strategy, but initiative poses major regulatory challenges for feds.

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