Originally published September 20 by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key contributor to the Canadian economy. The Government of Canada is committed to working with the agricultural industry in developing new risk management assessments and tools that help farmers manage risk.
Member of Parliament for Pontiac, William Amos, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Old Chelsea today to announce a $461,816 investment for the Canadian Organic Growers during National Organics Week. This funding will be used to conduct a study of the risks involved in transitioning from conventional production to organic production.
This first-of-a-kind study will reach out to organic producers across the country, as well as others in the sector. The data collected will be used to identify techniques that farmers can use to help reduce risk and manage their shift to organic production.
“Canadian farmers face risk every day and transitioning from a conventional farm to an organic farm brings extra challenges. This investment will help farmers be better informed about the risks involved in making the move. Helping farmers expand and explore new areas of organic farming will help create new business opportunities, strengthen the middle class and grow the economy.”
– William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac
“More than ever, Canadians are looking to purchase organic products grown and made in Canada; however supply is not keeping pace at home or abroad. There is a growing environmental and economic case for transitioning to organic agriculture in Canada and by enhancing our knowledge on the subject, we can develop effective tools, programs, and policies that can better support a farmer’s journey to sustainable, organic production.”
– Rochelle Eisen, President, Canadian Organic Growers