Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thanks to our witnesses for taking the time to be with us today.
The numbers that Mr. Nielsen was talking about are certainly concerning when you see the farm income down 45% in 2018 and then another drop last year. It doesn't include what we'll see next year with COVID. We've certainly heard the number of 30,000 for family farms at risk of bankruptcy, and debt levels now at $115 billion.
Mr. Nielsen, how critical is the situation? As you said, there was difficult financial footing heading into the pandemic. We have seen a real lack of definitive action, something designed specifically for agriculture. How serious is the situation facing Canadian farmers right now?