Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

$100 Million Federal Investment for Dairy

By Fadi Didi

Dairy Processors Association of Canada welcomes the announcement.

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The Dairy Processors Association of Canada welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, of a Dairy Processing Investment Fund of $100 million.

Minister Lawrence MacAulay says it will help the sector adapt to the challenges that lie ahead with the upcoming implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement  or  CETA.

The Association estimates the potential impact of CETA on the Canadian dairy processing sector, in particular cheese processors, to be annually over $230 million and a loss of $719 million for the overall economy.
In addition, it could result in the loss of some 2,900 jobs here at home.


Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame welcomed three new members recently.

The inductees are the late James Bartlett, who was an agribusiness pioneer in Ontario; Saskatchewan Angus breed champion Robert Switzer; and Saskatchewan industry leader John Willmott, who worked with Canadian Western Agribition and Canada's Farm Progress Show.

The three were all formally inducted into the National Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.


Keystone Agricultural Producers' will explore a federal plan that would create a national Environmental Farm Plan program.

Such a plan helps producers identify environmental risks on their farms.

In Manitoba, the program is delivered by the province and Keystone.

General Manager James Battershill says while provincial flexibility is important to the program, there does need to be national standards.

Keystone Agricultural Producers say a national Environmental Farm Plan would help the Canadian agriculture industry meet the growing demand for verification of environmental performance from both supply chains
and the public.

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