Agriculture

New Brunswick’s farmers continue to feed the world

April 18, 2017

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO RADIO COMMENTARY 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 […]


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Ritz & Anderson: Liberals Unable to Deliver Long Term Solution

March 31, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ON – Yesterday, the Liberals announced that Canadian pulse exports destined for India will continue to be exempt from an import regulation requiring crop fumigation until June 30, 2017. In response, the Hon. Gerry Ritz, Official Opposition Critic for International Trade, and David Anderson, Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture, issued the […]


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Liberals Fail Canadians on Pesticide

March 28, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – Following the release of a letter by the chair of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee (click here to read the letter), the Conservative Committee members are highlighting several specific concerns regarding the Trudeau government’s decision on neonicotinoids. Committee witnesses testified that there are huge gaps in the science […]


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Op-Ed: Liberals’ expanding priorities: a challenge for Agriculture

February 23, 2017

The House of Commons Agriculture Committee has been hearing from Canadian agriculture on the next Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) agreement. Primary producers, food processors, transportation, exporters, specialty sectors—each has a set of priorities for taxpayers’ money assigned to agriculture. The massive and healthy diversity that makes up Canadian agriculture creates a multiplicity of claims and […]


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Conservative Members call on the Minister of Agriculture to show leadership on Bovine Tuberculosis issue

November 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to read the letter to Minister Lawrence MacAulay Ottawa, ON – Today, ‎David Anderson, Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food, along with Conservative MPs Kevin Sorenson, Martin Shields and Glen Motz, called on the Minister of Agriculture‎, Lawrence MacAulay, to provide interim funding for feed to ranchers whose herds […]


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David Anderson, MP: No time like the present for Canadian Agriculture

November 14, 2016

View the article on the Hill Times website There is an old saying, “There is no time like the present.” Agriculture lives that out on a daily basis. These are interesting times for Canadian agriculture. The sheer diversity of agriculture in this country is astounding. As the House of Commons Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee holds […]


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Article – A rich harvest: How the Canadian Wheat Board’s demise unleashed a grain bonanza (National Post)

October 31, 2016

By Kristine Owram | The National Post The Port of Hamilton seems like one sprawling, muddy construction site on a wet and windy day in late October. While a ship is loaded with grain at the Richardson International Ltd. terminal, trucks line up to have their loads of Ontario-grown wheat tested for quality. Next door, […]


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Conservatives introduce motion to address carbon tax in Agriculture Committee

October 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills–Grasslands, and the Conservative members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, introduced the following motion on October 4, 2016 in response to the carbon tax recently announced by the Liberal government: That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee […]


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FULL INTERVIEW: David Anderson, MP speaks with Glenda-Lee Vossler of On the Farm about new critic role

September 28, 2016

As the new Conservative Agriculture critic, David speaks with Glenda-Lee Vossler on the September 19th edition of On the Farm about his agricultural background, opportunities for Canadians in agriculture, and the fall session of Parliament. Listen to the full interview here:   Credit to Golden West Radio, 2016


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Taking action to conserve Govenlock Community Pasture

July 28, 2015

Working with ranchers, community groups to ensure long-term conservation of community pasture Swift Current, Saskatchewan – Environment Canada David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills — Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced today […]


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Harper Government Announces Tax Relief for Western Livestock Producers

July 23, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today released a list of designated regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba where tax deferrals have been authorized for 2015. The designation allows livestock producers in prescribed drought regions who are facing feed shortages to defer a portion of their 2015 sale […]


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Crop Logistics Working Group Identifies Efficiencies in Grain Handling System

July 20, 2015

Winnipeg, MB – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG) has completed its final report, identifying ways to improve the grain handling and transportation system across Canada. The working group was chaired by Mr. Murdoch MacKay and brought together over 18 agriculture organizations from across […]


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Stronger CWB increases competition in grain sector

April 15, 2015

Deal marks final step in Marketing Freedom April 15, 2015 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Today Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced Government of Canada approval of a deal reached between CWB and G3 Global Grain Group which ensures CWB becomes a fully private and global competitor in the Canadian grain sector. With […]


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Report Highlights Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector’s Strength

April 13, 2015

The latest data shows that the agriculture and agri-food sector continues to generate significant economic benefits for Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) today released the annual Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System. The report provides historical data up to 2013, and demonstrates the sector’s continued strong contribution to the Canadian economy. QUICK […]


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Improvements to Cash Advance Program for 2015

March 30, 2015

Producers to benefit from reduced red tape, ease of access, and flexible repayment options March 30, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today highlighted major enhancements to the Advance Payments Program (APP) designed to improve and streamline administration, provide greater flexibility and more repayment options, and ease access […]


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Canada’s grain supply chain returning to normal

March 28, 2015

Movement of grain by rail has improved over the past year March 28, 2015 – Ottawa – Transport Canada & Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced that the Government of Canada will not renew its requirement for Canadian National Railway (CN) Company and Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) […]


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Harper Government Growing Markets for Canada’s Canola Industry

January 14, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of up to $9.5 million to the Canola Council of Canada to support market development activities aimed at increasing the consumption and value of canola in domestic and global markets. The activities being undertaken in […]


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WTO reaffirms that US COOL rule is trade distorting

October 20, 2014

Ministers Fast and Ritz Call on U.S. to Comply with WTO Decision and Respect Trade Obligations October 20, 2014 – The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, issued the following statement following today’s release of the WTO’s latest decision on U.S. Country of Origin […]


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Harper Government Creates More Export Opportunities for Canadian Beef and Livestock Producers

October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast today announced that Canadian beef and livestock producers can now benefit from expanded export opportunities in two international markets. Qatar has approved all beef imports from Canada, enabling Canadian beef producers to benefit from […]


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Crop Producers Granted More Time to Repay Cash Advances

August 19, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Western grains and oilseeds producers who have been unable to market their crops due to rail transportation challenges and flooding have been granted more time to repay their 2013 cash advances under the Advance Payments Program (APP). Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced a stay of default on […]


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