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Government offers strong support for OFA’s new priorities in 2017

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has announced a new mission for 2017: “Farms and Food Forever.” This new mission statement will build on current advocacy work and focus on growth in the farming community across rural Ontario, including the need for affordable, accessible energy – including natural gas.

Agriculture has an important role in climate change, and the OFA is advocating for the sector to mitigate impacts as they participate in the Climate Change Action Plan. Also, the OFA is preparing to work on new legislation, like the Waste Free Ontario Act, which will reduce waste and the dependence on rural landfills.

The work on regulations is ongoing. There’s a push for a more effective regulatory system for the agriculture sector. Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, Brad Duguid, has emphasized his parliamentary assistant will pursue Burden Reduction legislation (Bill 218) to modernize and update legislation.

The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, reinforces the need for effective programs and services to rural communities. Other priorities include the importance of economic growth, which will include investing in better infrastructure, affordable education and a competitive low-carbon economy.

For more information, visit ofa.on.ca.