As the 43rd session of parliament opened Dec 5th, the Governor General laid out the government’s priorities going forward. This year’s throne speech was titled “Moving Forward Together,” and key priorities outlined were: fighting climate change, strengthening the middle class, walking the road of reconciliation, keeping Canadians safe and healthy, and positioning Canada for success… Read More

RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney is broadcasting from the Grow Canada Conference in Calgary, Alta. today, and we’re hearing about: Issues impacting agriculture, and organizing and collaborating in lobbying, with Mary Robinson of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture; Lobbying on behalf of the Canadian agricultural sector, with Pierre Petelle of CropLife Canada; A farmer panel with Ontario’s… Read More

Canada’s 11,000 dairy farmers are getting a pay out from the government over trade deal concessions, and America’s farmers have seen not one, but two government payments — but what about Canada’s 100,000 export dependent farmers impacted by global trade disruptions? The AGgrowth Coalition, an umbrella group representing export-dependent farmers, is calling on the federal… Read More

In a move designed to “streamline decision making and empower the advocacy committees to build consensus and develop policy positions,” the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) has revamped its structure from a president, vice-president, and executive committee to a chair, vice-chair, and board member organization. Jeff Nielsen, of the Alberta Barley Commission, was elected chair,… Read More

The RealAg Radio duo, Shaun Haney, and co-host, Lyndsey Smith can be found at the Grow Canada Conference at Ottawa, Ontario this week. Today’s show is sponsored by Fortenza seed treatment,  powered by Syngenta. Today’s guests include: Pierre Petelle, president and CEO of CropLife Canada Jeff Nielsen, Grain Growers of Canada newly minted chair Jonathan… Read More

Several provincial and national farm groups say they are disappointed with the Canadian Grain Commission’s plan for dealing with its $130 million surplus, and that it underscores the need to update the federal agency’s mandate. The surplus has accumulated through user fees charged for grain inspection and other services — costs that were ultimately passed… Read More

Farm and grain industry groups are giving a big thumbs-up to the federal government for finally passing Bill C-49. The Transportation Modernization Act received royal assent on Wednesday, after gaining final approval from the Senate late Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay will be joined by grain industry stakeholders at a Richardson elevator just north of Winnipeg… Read More

Whether the government brings forward small business tax change legislation, the U.S. closes the border to Canadian cattle, or a bill (i.e. C-49) ends up locked in the Senate and going nowhere fast, our industry associations and member-based organizations lobby for change on behalf of farmers. According to Wikipedia, lobbying is defined as: the act of attempting… Read More

 

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