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Agriculture committee  Our greater concern is to ensure that we're keeping up with the purpose, which was to eliminate making a profit off these programs. For the vast majority of farms to cover their expenses, even for many of the larger operations out on the Prairies, that should be sufficient to cov

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  A lot of the challenge for a small, diversified farm is that they tend to be very labour-intensive. When you're dealing with weather, unruly livestock or what have you, there are only so many hours in the day that you have to give to paperwork. The more we can simplify things and

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  Yes, as my colleague from CFA mentioned earlier, there's a real challenge with some of the livestock and horticulture commodities in terms of access, and they don't receive as adequate coverage. We really would like to see equitability across sectors. There definitely needs to be

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  Absolutely. One thing that is made mention of quite often is that there has been a really large increase in farm assets that goes along with this accumulation of farm debt. The problem with that is that when you have a couple of bad years, such as we've had especially this past y

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  I think there definitely needs to be a streamlining of the paperwork and a better alignment with tax preparation, especially for young and new entrants. Any extra paperwork can be really challenging when you're starting out and, again, don't necessarily have all of the assets to

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  We have done surveys of our young members. There is definitely a lack of easy-to-understand information out there, so better communication would certainly help.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  It was around 50%.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  The Government of British Columbia recently made an effort to top up their AgriStability contribution in recognition of the challenges that farmers are facing right now. Not every province is in a fiscal position to be able to unilaterally make that change. I think that farmers a

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  The announcement was made at the beginning of February.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  There is no date on that yet.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair, for the opportunity to speak today on behalf of the National Farmers Union. The National Farmers Union is a direct membership organization made up of Canadian farm families who seek to ensure the dignity and security of income for farm families while enhanc

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward

Agriculture committee  Thank you.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Katie Ward