Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 17, 2008 17:40 ET

Governments Provide Certainty to Nova Scotia Producers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - The Government of Canada is working with the Province of Nova Scotia to deliver new programs for Canadian farm families through the Growing Forward initiative, but while that progress continues, existing programs under the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) will be extended for up to one year, starting April 1, 2008.

The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and the Honourable Brooke Taylor, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture, today announced details about the continuation of programs under the APF.

"Growing Forward is delivering real results for Canadian agriculture and this Government is working with the provinces and territories to give farm families stability while we develop important new initiatives," said Minister Ritz. "Providing this stability while delivering progress on Growing Forward is another example of this Government's commitment to put farmers first."

Producers and processors in Nova Scotia will continue to receive services from all APF federal and provincial programs in the areas of environment, food safety, innovation and renewal.

"We want to ensure that Nova Scotia's agriculture and agri-food industries continue to grow and succeed," said Minister Taylor. "We will continue with programs as we transition to Growing Forward, providing certainty for our farmers."

Consultations will continue so that Growing Forward programs are developed with the needs of the sector in mind. "This gives us the time we need to ensure farmers have the voice they deserve in program design," said Minister Ritz.

For a list of continuing APF programs in Nova Scotia visit: www.agr.gc.ca/growingforward.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
    Susan Mader Zinck
    Communications Advisor
    902-424-8963
    or
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059