Colleagues, we'll call the meeting to order.
Thank you for everyone's patience. Obviously we need to ensure that the translators are able to understand our witnesses, certainly for our francophone colleagues on the committee. Everyone has been tested, and we should be all good to go.
We'll carry on, as time is of the essence now.
This is meeting number 31 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
I have a couple of quick reminders, and I'll go through these very quickly so we can get going.
This is a hybrid format. The proceedings will be available on the House of Commons website. The webcast will always show the person speaking rather than the entirety of the committee. Screenshots during the committee are prohibited, so please do not take screenshots of this meeting.
For members participating in person, please keep in mind the Board of Internal Economy's guidelines for mask use and House protocols.
I would like to make a few comments for the benefit of our witnesses.
Members and witnesses may speak in the official language of their choice. Interpretation services are available for this meeting. If interpretation is lost, please inform me immediately, and we will ensure that interpretation begins again before we resume.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you are on video conference, please click on your microphone to unmute yourself. For those in the room, your microphone will be controlled by the proceedings and verification officer.
Especially for those on video, please speak slowly and clearly for the benefit of translation and make sure your microphone is on. This is a reminder to all members and witnesses that all comments should be put through the chair.
I would like to welcome our first panel of witnesses. We have Brendan Byrne, chair, from the Grain Farmers of Ontario, by video conference. From Grain Growers of Canada, we have Branden Leslie, manager, policy and government relations. From the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, we have Mr. Raymond Orb, president.
Each of you will be given five minutes for your opening remarks, and we will proceed to the rounds of questioning following that. I will give you a signal, especially for those of you on video conference, a hand up that you have about one minute left if you're running on time.
I will welcome Mr. Byrne from the Grain Farmers of Ontario to start.
You have five minutes. Go ahead, please.