Canadian Agriculture Ministers (Photo Courtesy of Twitter)

On Monday, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture met to discuss key areas of interest for Canada’s agriculture sector. The meeting was a precursor in the lead up to the Annual Conference in July.

Areas discussed included progress on the Next Agricultural Policy Framework (NPF), the successor to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which expires on March 31, 2023. Ongoing exchanges will set the stage for the upcoming Multilateral Framework Agreement (MFA) signing, which will see the realization of the Guelph Statement.

Ministers discussed the need for action on climate change, and opportunities for the sector to lower emissions while maintaining and enhancing sector competitiveness.

Ministers, who stand united with Ukraine, also spoke about their ongoing concerns around global food supplies, food security and the supply of essential inputs, including fertilizers. Ministers discussed how to help maximize Canada’s contribution to global food supply. They also recognized the multiple strains this is causing on the agricultural and agri-food system from producers to consumers, and agreed to work together to stabilize the supply chain wherever possible.

Ministers discussed industry progress on a code of conduct for the food retailers and suppliers. The purpose of the code of conduct is to ensure that conditions are in place in Canada for all supply chain partners to prosper. The Ministers will invite representatives of the industry to present a concrete action plan at the next meeting in July.

Given the unprecedented year for highly pathogenic Avian Influenza globally, Ministers remain aligned that there is an ongoing need to continue to work together to prevent further spread of the disease and minimize the impact on industry and trade.

The prevention of and preparedness for the threat posed by African swine fever (ASF) was also discussed. Governments agreed to continue to cooperate and collaborate in order to prevent the spread of ASF from entering Canada and agreed to advance readiness to respond and support the sector’s recovery in case of an ASF outbreak.

Ministers will next meet in July, at their 2022 Annual Conference in Saskatoon.


More Ag News

Airdrie welcomes newest $50 million snack facility

From left to right, Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, Yousif Al-Ali, President and CEO, Super-Pufft Snacks Corp and Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown..captiontext…

G7 Agriculture Ministers meet in Germany

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, meets with other G7 Agriculture Ministers in Stuttgart, Germany - Photo Credit: BMEL/Photothek.captiontext G7 Agriculture…

Seeding underway south of the border

.captiontext Seeding in the United States has ramped up over the past couple of days. Dan Basse is president of AgResource Company in Chicago. "We are finally getting at the seeding here in the last…

Canada's 2021 Census of Agriculture

File Photo.captiontext Data from the Census of Agriculture indicate that trends identified in previous census cycles, such as industry consolidation and aging of farm operators, have continued in…

Satellite changes could shutdown farmers

Photo Courtesy of Matt Yanick.captiontext There's a key change coming up next week for farmers that use WAAS - a Wide Area Augmentation System - for Precision Agriculture. Matt Yanick, President and… is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide