Federal ag minister makes the rounds in Alberta
By Top Crop Manager
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, was in Calgary last week to discuss challenges and opportunities for the agriculture sector.
During his trip, MacAulay held a roundtable with western grain industry stakeholders to discuss the Transportation Modernization Act legislation tabled by the federal government on May 16. The legislation includes measures to advance a long-term agenda for a more transparent, fair and efficient rail system in Canada.
He also met with beef processors and representatives of national and provincial cattle and beef associations to discuss market access and trade, relations with the United States, accessing and retaining labour in Canadian meat processing plants, and research and innovation.
“I thank the farmers and stakeholders in the grain and beef sectors here in Calgary for sharing their views with me on how to take advantage of growth opportunities in the agricultural sector. Together we will work to bolster the grain transportation and meat processing systems so that our farmers can continue to grow their businesses, meet growing global food demand sustainably, and strengthen the middle-class,” MacAulay said in a press release.
MacAulay also met with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier to discuss agricultural priorities in the province.