Yesterday on Call of the Land, an Alberta Radio Show, there was an interview with the Honorable George Groeneveld, the Alberta Agriculture Minister. Known for his straight forward answers Mr. Groeneveld discusses the highlights of 2008. In the interview he discusses trade with Asia, the implementation of ALMA and ongoing issues with the WTO.
This has been quite a turbulent year for Alberta Agriculture in the fact that commodity prices have been volatile, credit markets are shrinking while the beef and pork business are fighting new legislation that threatens it’s very existence. Whether you agree with the Minister or not you have to respect the massive job that is in front of him and his department. Issues not mentioned in the interview were COOL, industry consolidation, BSE, AFRP I & II, Alberta Bio-fuels strategy and the future of the Canadian Wheat Board just to name a few.
If you want to provide feedback to the minister directly you can email him at [email protected] or call his office at (780)427-2137. If you have some strong feelings in support or in contradiction to the policies and strategies taken, I encourage you to contact the minister’s office and let your feelings be known. Even if you are out of province I would think that it is important to let the province of Alberta know how their policies are affecting your role in agriculture, wherever you live in the world. Let me know if you get a response from the Minister’s office or add your results to the comments section of this post. Good Luck.