Tag: Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Will a National Food Policy Be Realistic for Commercial-Scale Farming?

Canada is moving towards a national food policy, so says the marching orders handed down to federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay in mandate letters set out last fall. Prime Minister Trudeau has tasked MacAulay to “develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers… Read more »

Private Member’s Bill Aims to Ease Tax Burden on Family Farm Transfers

A private member’s bill tabled in the House of Commons last week aims to reduce the tax burden of intergenerational transfers of farms that are incorporated. “My bill would end a blatantly unfair situation that puts business people, farmers, and fishing vessel operators at a disadvantage when they want to pass their business on to… Read more »

“Different Mood” in Ottawa Benefits Agriculture, says CFA President

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is hoping the arrival of new federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay will mark a change in the impact farmers have on public policy. MacAulay’s been on the job for less than a month, but so far Ron Bonnett likes what he sees. The CFA president received a call from the… Read more »

The Future of AgriInvest

The AgriInvest program was designed to help Canadian farmers manage small declines in income, but the Canadian Federation of Agriculture wants the government to recognize the benefits of the program are much broader in scope. As one of the four main business risk management programs under the five-year Growing Forward 2 framework, AgriInvest offers producers a savings… Read more »

Capital Gains Exemption Tops List of Ag-Related Pieces in Federal Budget — Gerry Ritz on what’s in it for farmers

Farmers and fishing businesses will save a projected $50 million in taxes over the next five years thanks to another increase to the Lifetime Capital Gains exemption announced in the federal budget this week. The exemption, which helps farmers reduce their tax burden when transferring ownership of farm assets, has been raised to $1 million for next year,… Read more »

Food Freedom Day to be Celebrated on February 6th

Every year, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture calculates the date by when the average Canadian has earned enough income to pay for their annual grocery bill, and dubs the day “Food Freedom Day.” This year, Food Freedom Day occurs on Friday, February 6th — one day earlier than in 2014. With 2015 being the “International Year of the Soils,” the… Read more »

Ron Bonnett – The Difficulty in Adopting a National Food Strategy

Adopting a national food strategy is no small task. The development of that strategy involves a number of complex issues that have to be identified by importance and then integrated together into a sustainable strategy supported by government policy and a diverse demographic. Simple, huh? There’s a reason it’s taken so long. With all that… Read more »