Friday, April 23, 2010

Having our voices heard

On Tuesday, April 27 I will have the opportunity to present to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food (AGRI). The Committee is embarking on a cross-Canada fact-finding tour in order to meet young farmers and discuss with them the various challenges and issues in their sector. They will also discuss the programs which have been introduced to attract young farmers, facilitate funding, share information, promote the farming profession and provide training. This committee is made up of Members of Parliament who represent all major parties.

This is a great opportunity to have the issues that face the cattle industry brought to the attention of our federal government. As I will have limited time, the specific issues that I will be addressing are access to financing and farm succession planning. There are many other issues that are of concern to the industry but these are the ones that I feel could be realistically addressed by this committee.

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Posted by Michael Latimer