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Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.

Grain Growers of Canada lobbies Parliament Hill

Agriculture can help restart Canada’s economy and the federal government can help by addressing some issues

Agriculture can help revitalize Canada’s post-COVID economy, but the federal government should clear the track for the sector. That means updating regulations to encourage technological innovation, improving market access for agricultural exports and recognizing farm practices that help the environment, says the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC). The organization, which represents 15 regional, provincial and national grain farmer groups,

Agriculture committee finalizing BRM recommendations

Report will be sent to the federal agriculture minister for consideration

Members of the federal committee on agriculture are finalizing recommendations for business risk management programs ahead of federal-provincial-territorial meetings to discuss the matter. Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Agriculture Critic Lianne Rood says a report will be sent to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau ahead of meetings with provincial ministers, scheduled to take


Grain Growers of Canada lobby Parliament Hill

Agriculture can help restart Canada's economy and the federal government help by addressing some issues, group says

Agriculture can help revitalize Canada’s post-COVID economy, but the federal government should clear the track for it. That means updating regulations to encourage technological innovation, improving market access for agricultural exports and recognizing farm practices that help the environment, Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) says. The organization, which represents 15 regional, provincial and national grain

“Agriculture has to be in the centre of the relaunch of our economy... “ – Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Agriculture seen as engine of recovery for Canada

Bibeau touts more exports, regional supply chains and processing

Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadian agriculture will be the “powerhouse of the economy” as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to specific opportunities for the industry to grow. During a virtual “fireside chat” at the International Economic Forum of the America’s Toronto event on Oct. 27, Bibeau expressed optimism over export

Opinion: Plenty of work for new-look Agriculture Committee

This body is generally fair minded and pragmatic, an anomaly for Ottawa

Members of Parliament sitting on the committee studying agricultural and agri-food issues will have no shortage of topics to explore. The first meeting of the current parliamentary session was held on Oct. 8, the latest since July. It was then MPs were concluding the work they had done studying business risk management (BRM) programs. Between


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in 2018.

Opinion: Federal Liberals making good on throne promises

So far the feds are ready to put money where their mouth is

The governing minority Liberals are making good on recent promises made to those living in rural communities. They are building on commitments to enhance rural broadband access, pay compensation for supply-managed industries impacted by trade deals and look to agriculture to be an economic driver in the fight against climate change from the throne speech

Protein supercluster defends against critical report

Federal funding body says it’s on track to meet targets and making diligent investments

Protein Industries Canada remains confident in its pace of funding projects to grow the sector, despite a recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO). The PBO reported the governing Liberals 2017 Innovation Superclusters Initiative has been slow to select projects and spend money. In 2017, five “superclusters” were given a total of $918 million to spend

Research critical to successful protein strategy

Up to $100,000 in federal, provincial funds promised to develop a provincial research strategy

A well-aligned research community is crucial to meet goals set in the Manitoba Protein Advantage strategy, says the person who will helm a provincial research effort. This will begin by taking stock of what’s already available in the province. “What we want to try to do is to make sure that we’ve got that framework


Opinion: Reason for cautious optimism after throne speech

The biggest-ticket item for farmers in the government’s upcoming plans is better rural internet

The recent throne speech was predictably light on specifics, but producers should be cautiously optimistic about most of the ambitious legislative plans laid out by the minority governing Liberals. The biggest potential win comes in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to enhance rural broadband access. “In the last six months, many more people have worked

Comment: Delay to federal-provincial meetings disappointing but necessary

There were never many reasons to be optimistic federal and provincial governments would find a short-term solution to long-held concerns over Canada’s business risk management (BRM) programs. Another delay to a meeting of federal and provincial agriculture ministers to discuss the issue shouldn’t change this. Originally scheduled to happen in July, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted