Views sought on Growing Forward

Governments want to know what farmers think of Growing Forward 2 as work on the next agricultural policy framework begins.

A website launched May 9 is the first phase of consultation.

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers will meet in Calgary this summer to further discuss feedback on the framework.

Much of the criticism has centered on changes made to AgriStability and AgriInvest from the first framework to the second, which is in place until March 31, 2018.

The business risk management programs in GF2 have provided $4 billion to farmers, according to the federal agriculture department.

The online consultation questionnaire can be found at www.agr.gc.ca.

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