Those of us who grew up in farming communities assume that we know quite a bit about agriculture. I thought that when I started on the Ag file years ago in Parliament. I soon found out that I knew a bit about one type of agriculture.
Canadian agriculture varies so much that it is a real challenge to get a good understanding of it all. This past week I had the chance to spend a couple of days in New Brunswick meeting producers. Potato growers are working to improve both yield and quality as they provide potatoes for fries, for retailers and for seed. Seed growers are worried they will be buried in new fees as the Trudeau Liberals move to cost recovery for their inspections and other fees. Supply management farmers are concerned that the Liberals wont defend them against the Americans. 4-H is as important as it is on the Prairies and we attended a beef show where farm kids showed off their calves as so many others have done over the years.
Agriculture still holds all kinds of opportunities for young people – it was good to see one more place where farmers continue to feed the world.
David Anderson, MP