McDonell touts cut­ting of red tape for beef farm­ers

The Glengarry News - - Classified­s -

“Live­stock op­er­a­tors have faced many chal­lenges in the past, so this is wel­come news that will re­ward beef farm­ers for their ded­i­ca­tion to their in­dus­try and their cus­tomers who con­tinue to en­joy their high­qual­ity prod­uct,” said Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry MPP McDonell.

He refers to the govern­ment’s re­cent an­nounce­ment “to help make sure the prov­ince’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor is open for busi­ness, bet­ter able to cre­ate and pro­tect jobs and to grow the econ­omy, through im­prove­ments to the Feeder Cat­tle Loan Guar­an­tee Pro­gram.”

“Our govern­ment wants to help these hard-work­ing farm­ers fo­cus on grow­ing their busi­nesses,” said Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs Ernie Harde­man. Re­forms will “re­duce red tape and over­all costs for co-ops, re­sult­ing in a bet­ter pro­gram for our farm­ers.”

The changes would re­duce un­nec­es­sary and costly credit checks in the pro­gram, which will save co-ops time and money. The re­vi­sions would also stream­line the trans­fer of own­er­ship of live­stock once a loan is paid off. They are the re­sult of lis­ten­ing closely to beef farm­ers, hear­ing their con­cerns and act­ing on their ideas to fix long-stand­ing is­sues with the pro­gram.

On­tario’s beef farm­ers are among the many im­pacted by out of date and un­nec­es­sary govern­ment red tape that’s adding to their op­er­at­ing costs and hurt­ing their com­pet­i­tive­ness, the govern­ment says.

“These new changes add to the more than 30 red tape and reg­u­la­tory re­duc­tions re­cently an­nounced by the govern­ment to re­duce the bur­den on job cre­ators while pro­tect­ing our en­vi­ron­ment and main­tain­ing rules that keep On­tar­i­ans safe and healthy,” the govern­ment adds.

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