Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

January 11, 2007 15:41 ET

Minister Strahl Hears Stakeholders Vision for the Future of Agriculture in Canada

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, met today with industry representatives during consultations on the next generation of agriculture and agri-food policy. The consultation, held in Abbotsford, B.C., was to gather views on business risk management (BRM) programming aimed at supporting farmers.

Federal, provincial and territorial governments are consulting broadly on the next generation of agriculture and agri-food policy. Producers and industry associations have been involved in the design of changes to BRM programming and over the past year there is support across the industry community for changes proposed. At the same time, at their meeting in November, ministers acknowledged that more work still needs to be done to identify and address gaps and make improvements in the BRM suite.

"I am pleased that I have had the opportunity to meet with the broad range of stakeholders to hear their ideas. They bring a specific interest and expertise to the consultations," said Minister Strahl. "Canada's New Government is looking forward to consultations with the public, including farmers and interested Canadians, to help design a new policy framework that will ensure the continued growth and success of Canada's agricultural sector for many years to come."

Federal, provincial, and territorial governments are working together to transform the current policy framework to address concerns identified by producers and respond to new economic realities that have emerged since the framework came into effect in 2003.

Five BRM stakeholder consultations are planned across Canada in the coming weeks as part of the Round 1 consultations on the next generation of agriculture and agri-food policy.

In addition, a total of 29 cross-Canada public consultations will be launched on January 22, 2007. For information on how to register and to learn more about adding your voice to the discussion please visit www.agr.gc.ca/nextgen. You're invited to participate in our online consultations launching January 22.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
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    or
    Minister Strahl's office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059