Canadian grain farmers will soon have a “first-ever” grain production code of practices, following an announcement by the federal agriculture minister at Crop Connect 2020 in Winnipeg.
Marie-Claude Bibeau said the federal government will be providing $800,000 in funding for the program, intended to document the practices for trading partners and consumers. It will demonstrate to global customers that Canadian farmers provide safe and sustainable food, she said. There’s also an additional $340,000 to address “regulatory risks.”
This federal investment of $1.2 million will help the grain industry to manage risk,” Bibeau said.
Speaking at the same podium following the minister’s remarks, Rick White, Canada Grains Council vice-chair and Canadian Canola Growers Association CEO, applauded the announcement.
“The development of a defined code of practice will help grain farmers tell the good story of agriculture in Canada,” he said. “We have a very good story to tell.”
See the upcoming Feb. 20 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator for more coverage from Crop Connect.