A safety net for agriculture planned without farmer input

While governments claim that there has been extensive industry consultation on the issue,
farm leaders beg to differ


Autumn gatherings of farmers are often optimistic affairs with harvest done or pending and the fruits of the year’s work visible.

Yet there was a strain of apprehension and uncertainty in the room in early September when members of the Ottawa Federation of Agriculture assembled for their annual meeting.

Part of it was due to unease about the impending government response to this year’s drought-reduced crop in eastern Ontario and the ripple effects it is having on forage, grain and livestock operations.

Better Farming - October 2012