Click In To The Discussion On Canada’s Agricultural Policy

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and provincial and territorial governments have turned to the Internet to tune in to what Canadians want for agricultural policy.

To support the development of Growing Forward 2, federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) governments are engaging a broad range of stakeholders from across the agriculture value chain including farmers, processors, distributors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers to gain insights and to hear what they have to say about the future of the sector, a federal release says.

“Growing Forward 2 will build on the successes of the existing suite of programs and will leverage the ingenuity of farmers, processors and others in the sector to continue to generate economic growth,” it says.

An online engagement process has been launched where comments and feedback may be provided from any location with Internet access. Engagement documents and an online feedback form are available at www.agr.gc.ca/growingforward2 until June 30, 2011.

The first phase of the consultation was launched in May 2010 with a series of national and regional workshops involving more than 400 farm leaders and other value chain stakeholders. This phase provides a forum to hear public and industry views and receive feedback on policy priorities.

For more information on the Growing Forward 2 engagement process or to participate online, please visit us at www.agr.gc.ca/growingforward2 or call 1 800 O-CANADA.

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