As the calendar quickly spins through the summer months, eyes are beginning to focus on the Agriculture Policy Framework – or APF – meetings scheduled for July.
Each province has its request and focuses on what should be the top priority during the meetings.
Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development for Alberta, recently joined RealAg Politics to explain Alberta’s position.
According to Minister Horner, the number one priority is to see the overall envelope of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) increase. (The story continues below the video)
“I think the provinces are ready to increase their proportional spending, but they want to see some balance. They want to see that there are more than just new dollars in the bucket to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. It will actually strengthen our enterprise risk management suite, it will give us more adaptability,” he explains. “We want to see more money. And we want to make sure that this enterprise risk management suite doesn’t get watered down.
The cash pot for enterprise risk management is an area that has remained very stagnant over the past 10 years, says Horner, which is why they think it’s time for a change.
“This is an area that we believe should rightly see an increase. The province will pay our share, we just want to make sure that the different buckets of money are in the right places and in the right amount.