CCA at FPT Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters meet­ing

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CCA Pres­i­dent David Hay­woodFarmer and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Den­nis Lay­craft were in Van­cou­ver in mid-July for the 2018 Fed­er­al­Provin­cial-Ter­ri­to­rial (FPT) Min­is­ters and Deputy Min­is­ters of Agri­cul­ture an­nual meet­ing.

Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Lawrence MacAu­lay and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters from B.C. (Lana Popham), Al­berta (Oneil Car­lier), Man­i­toba (Ralph Eich­ler), On­tario (Ernie Harde­man), Que­bec (Laurent Les­sard), and Nova Sco­tia (Keith Col­well) at­tended the gath­er­ing along­side their deputy min­is­ters. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives were on hand for the gov­ern­ments of Saskatchewan, New­found­land, Prince Ed­ward Is­land and New Brunswick.

The meet­ing, held July 18-20, pro­vided CCA with the op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on key is­sues that need to be ad­dressed to en­sure in­dus­try can meet the ag­gres­sive growth tar­gets for the agri-food sec­tor. En­abling such growth means ad­dress­ing sec­tor-spe­cific bottlenecks and for the beef cattle in­dus­try those in­clude mar­ket ac­cess, in­no­va­tion, busi­ness risk man­age­ment pro­gram­ming and chronic labour woes.

One key de­vel­op­ment from the min­is­ters’ meet­ing was agree­ment on con­tin­u­ing the busi­ness risk man­age­ment (BRM) re­view. Since be­ing agreed upon last July, FPT gov­ern­ments have ini­ti­ated a BRM re­view to as­sess pro­grams ef­fec­tive­ness and in­flu­ence on growth and in­no­va­tion. An ex­pert panel made up of pro­duc­ers, aca­demics and global ex­perts was es­tab­lished in late 2017 to eval­u­ate BRM pro­gram­ming in Canada and made rec­om­men­da­tions to min­is­ters in Van­cou­ver. The CCA thanks min­is­ters for the con­tin­u­a­tion of this com­pre­hen­sive re­view of na­tional BRM pro­grams and looks for­ward to mean­ing­ful in­dus­try en­gage­ment as part­ners in the re­view process.

Min­is­ters also dis­cussed the chronic labour short­ages in Cana­dian agri­cul­ture and agri-food. While the de­tails are not yet known, min­is­ters ap­proved a work plan to ad­dress these labour chal­lenges. The acute labour short­age in Cana­dian agri­cul­ture con­tin­ues to be an is­sue that threat­ens the vi­a­bil­ity of food pro­duc­tion and the com­pet­i­tive­ness of beef cattle farm­ers in Canada. The CCA hopes this work will sup­port in­dus­try ef­forts to strate­gi­cally ad­dress na­tional labour short­ages and en­sure a strong do­mes­tic labour sup­ply into the fu­ture by fa­cil­i­tat­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the long-term el­e­ments of the Cana­dian Agri­cul­ture & Agri-Food Work­force Ac­tion Plan.

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