RealAg LIVE! with Mary Robinson, Canadian Federation of Agriculture


From business risk management fatigue, to the carbon tax, to adapting to changing labour demands, there’s plenty to cover regarding Canadian policy right now. It may be February, but horticulture farms and businesses are trying hard to navigate ever-changing COVID-19 travel rules in an effort to bring employees to Canada. Plus, not one but two deadlines are about to pass on business risk management program changes. Will we see an agreement?

On this episode of RealAg LIVE!, host Shaun Haney is joined by president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Mary Robinson, to discuss these topics and more.

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  • Let’s start with the temporary foreign worker issue
  • There was a good flow, prior to last week’s announcement of new flight and quarantine restrictions
  • Details of whether or not the 3 days in a hotel will be required of TFW/seasonal workers โ€” and who pays for it?
  • Flights are also going to be far more expensive too, because they’ll have to go fully chartered
  • Want to be on the right side of public health rules and regulations
  • Labour beyond TFWs?
  • National ag labour and automation strategy: NALA
  • COVID-19 has changed how we work, and the technology is changing too
  • Business Risk Management: two deadlines have passed
  • CFA is supportive of the changes
  • BRM fatigue, ugh. Timelines are running out
  • Some provinces are reluctant
  • There may be another federal-provincial-territorial meeting in the next week or so, so perhaps we will see
  • There are some breaks in the chains of communication on BRM — it’s new money, the first new money since 2013
  • APF! Agriculture policy framework
  • What about the Grain Act review? CFA is more focused on BRM, but it’s still pretty new, and Doug Chorney is still just kicking off the process
  • Will rely heavily on Prairie members
  • Carbon tax exemptions for grain drying?
  • Should we be revisiting the exemption?
  • Farmers can’t pass on costs
  • How do we close the gap between talk and action?
  • Carrot and stick approach?
  • Favourite aspects of leading CFA for the last few years? And through “interesting times”?

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