NSFA AGM THIS WEEK! . . . FARMERS WANT SUPPORT, RECOGNITION TO PROTECT SPECIES AT RISK . . . CHICKEN FARMERS OF CANADA SIGNS NEW ALLOCATION AGREEMENT . . . HARPER GOVERNMENT TRADING AWAY DEMOCRACY THROUGH CETA . . .
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NSFA AGM THIS WEEK!
Source: NSFA Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Annual Meeting Agenda, Glengarry Convention Centre, Truro, November 27-28. Follow the link for details. (read more)
FARMERS WANT SUPPORT, RECOGNITION TO PROTECT SPECIES AT RISK
Ontario farmers may be among the best allies for the province’s species at risk, but they say they need financial and moral support to keep it up. Results of a new survey from the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, which administers the Species At Risk Farm Incentive Program on behalf of the province, shows most of the 250 respondents think the lion’s share of environmental conservation responsibility falls on them. And more than 90 percent think the public is unaware of how species at risk affects farmers. (read more)
CHICKEN FARMERS OF CANADA SIGNS NEW ALLOCATION AGREEMENT
Source: Farm Focus
Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) signed a new allocation agreement Nov. 20 that will see 55 percent of future growth allocated based on provincial comparative advantage factors. This landmark agreement has been over six years in the making. Challenges, starts and stops, and roadblocks were ever present but, at the end of the day, have been overcome through this new agreement. Negotiations were most intense from 2012 through 2014. (read more)
HARPER GOVERNMENT TRADING AWAY DEMOCRACY THROUGH CETA
The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that the investment protections and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will impede the implementation of agricultural policy that is in the public interest. The report Trading Away Democracy: How CETA's investment protection rules threaten public good in Canada and the EU released this week by a dozen social justice and environmental groups in Canada and Europe, draws attention to the Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) mechanism, which is similar to NAFTA’s Chapter 11, in the Canada-EU trade agreement. The ISDS mechanism in CETA would be used to force federal or provincial governments to financially compensate investors or corporations for profits “lost” when policy created in the public interest is deemed to reduce market opportunities for the companies involved. (read more)
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
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