KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 13, 2014) - Government of Canada
Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, held a round table discussion today in Kamloops, BC with stakeholders from Canada's livestock industry to discuss proposed changes that will modernize Canada's agriculture legislation as outlined in the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18). Bill C-18 amends the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act (AMPA) and the Farm Debt Mediation Act (FDMA) to streamline delivery of cash advances under the Advance Payments Program.
The proposed modernization will reduce red tape for farmers, allow administrators who deliver the program to issue cash advances on multiple commodities, expand the types of security that can be used for an advance, and allow for the addition of eligible commodities through regulations, such as certain types of breeding stock intended for market.
The Act also includes a new licensing and registration regime for animal feed and fertilizer operators and establishments, increased monetary penalties for violations, stronger controls for agricultural products at the border and requirements for more stringent record keeping to enhance safety.
The Act entered Second Reading on March 3, 2014.
- The Agricultural Marketing Programs Act (AMPA) governs the Advance Payments Program (APP) which guarantees the repayment of cash advances made to producers based on the value of their agricultural commodities.
- Every year, over 29,000 producers participate in the Advance Payments Program and obtain cash advances valued between $1.6 billion and $2.3 billion in total.
- The Farm Debt Mediation Act (FDMA) governs the Farm Debt Mediation Service, which offers financial counseling and mediation services to farmers who are having difficulties meeting their financial obligations.
"Our Government is working to level the playing field and create new market opportunities for our producers. Canadian producers will benefit from the proposed changes under the Agriculture Growth Act that will make programs more accessible, reduce red-tape and provide greater flexibility in obtaining and repaying advances to better suit the realities of today's farm sector."
|Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz
"Our Government's focus is on innovation, market access and improving government programs and services to meet the changing needs of the industry. The Agricultural Growth Act is consistent with our Government's priorities - growing the economy and creating jobs for Canadians."
|Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo
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