Ottawa seeks feedback ahead of Growing Forward sequel

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

The federal government has set up a new web-based questionnaire to gather farmer and industry feedback on the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) ag policy funding framework as it develops the next framework.

The next agricultural policy funding framework is due to launch April 1, 2018, the government said in a release Monday.

The first phase of the government’s consultations, including the online questionnaire, is set to run until the end of July this year.

The website will also allow stakeholders to offer input on “what they would like to see included in the next agricultural policy framework,” the government said.

Also, “additional consultation activities will be ongoing in the coming months to gather feedback that will help inform the next framework.”

“I will continue to consult with stakeholders from across the country as we work in partnership with provincial and territorial governments to develop the next policy framework,” federal Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay said in Monday’s release.

“These open and transparent consultations with Canadians will help shape the direction of future policy and programs to meet this objective. My goal is to help the agriculture and agri-food sector be more innovative, safer and stronger.”

The federal Liberals set up the first multi-year agricultural policy framework, known simply as the APF, in 2003 under then-ag minister Lyle Vanclief. The federal Conservatives followed up the APF with Growing Forward (2008-13), and again with GF2 (2013-18).

GF2 committed $3 billion in federal, provincial and territorial funding for programs to support “innovation, competitiveness and market development.”

GF2 also backed a business risk management suite of programs, including AgriInvest, AgriStability, AgriInsurance and AgriRecovery, which to date have laid out over $4 billion to help producers manage “severe market volatility and disasters.”

The questionnaire and further consultations are meant to help the next APF’s developers “better understand where GF2 is working well, and where challenges could be addressed.” — Network

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