Topic: Reporting Animal Movements
The objective of the TRACE Newsletter is to provide an overview of progress on proposed amendments to Part XV of the federal Health of Animals Regulations (hereafter referred to the “Regulations”) that pertains to livestock identification and traceability. This fifth edition focuses on one of the key elements of the regulatory proposal: reporting animal movements. Click link below to download Newsletter.
Growing disease pressures domestically and internationally, such as porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and African Swine Fever (ASF) are reinforcing the importance of a strong and cohesive approach to animal health and disease management in Canada. The recent OIE Performance of Veterinary Services Evaluation, and Canada’s Plant and Animal Health Strategy have clearly articulated the importance of shared industry and government responsibility for animal health in Canada. Significant work has been undertaken to develop plans and strategies to support Canada’s animal health infrastructure, however further investment in leadership is required in order to form a true government and industry partnership, particularly in emergency response and recovery. Click link below to read more:
March 1 - Friday’s cabinet shuffle by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau included a move of major interest to Canada’s agricultural sector. Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s Agriculture Minister since November 2015, is now Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. The new Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food is Marie-Claude Bibeau, formerly Minister of International Development.
NSN would like to thank Minister MacAulay for his work as Federal Minister of Agriculture and wishes him well at his new post. We would like to welcome Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to her new position, and look forward to working with her in the future.
February 27 - The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) was pleased to hear the announcement by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, Lawrence MacAulay, of the Starter Loan Program from Farm Credit Canada (FCC).
The Starter Loan Program is open to applicants from 18-25 years of age, and can provide up to $50,000 to help new entrepreneurs start their farming operations.
Coupled with this, FCC is offering their farm management software, AgExpert Accounting Premium, for free, with the intent that young borrowers can have the financial independence and knowledge they need while establishing a solid credit history.
"Farm operations are a generational business, often passed down through families with succession plans for children that want to follow in their parent's footsteps," said Ron Bonnett, CFA President.
"But not all aspiring farmers have that kind of support or knowledge to draw from. Starting a farming operation has huge capital costs and an intense burden of knowledge. The FCC Starter Loan program can help new, young farmers break into the sector. Programs like these are pivotal for the next generation of farmers and the future of Canadian food production,"
FCC has always been a strong partner with CFA and their support to Canada's farming sector cannot be overstated. CFA will continue to work with FCC to represent and support farmers all across Canada.
CFA Director of Communications
Phone: 613-236-3633 ext. 2322