An Act to amend the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act (individuals or entities engaged in farming operations)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.

Sponsor

Larry Miller  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of Nov. 5, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment provides for the recognition of individuals or entities engaged in farming operations and will ensure that they are given preference when applying for funding from federally funded agriculture programs.

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Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act
Routine Proceedings

November 5th, 2009 / 10:10 a.m.
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Conservative

Larry Miller Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-479, An Act to amend the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act (individuals or entities engaged in farming operations).

Mr. Speaker, it is a great pleasure for me to introduce this private member's bill, entitled An Act to amend the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act. My own nickname for it is the farm program eligibility act.

The purpose of this bill is to ensure that actual farmers are the primary targets and beneficiaries of federally funded farm programs. The bill would also ensure that farm program benefits cannot be paid out by the federal government to large publicly traded and international companies, slaughter plants or grain trading companies that might happen to also own some agricultural production units.

Another important part of this bill is that it will ensure that beginning farmers will be eligible for programs. It specifies a very low gross receipts threshold for those young farmers. With great pleasure, I table this.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)