There’s lots of ag in Ottawa right now

The federal government manages to stay busy with a wide variety of things that affect agriculture, and at The Western Producer we keep our ears to the ground on your behalf.

This month alone there are very serious discussions with Mexico and the United States about the future of NAFTA, and that goes well beyond supply management.

Transportation rolls along, but it rolled past the expiry of the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act end-date in July, and the Commons committee reviewing it is back to meetings this week.

Lest we forget, the taxation Sword of Damocles hangs over small corporations, threatening to slice off some value from many commercial farms in our nation.

However, hard lobbying is underway at the federal finance department, otherwise known as the Island of Dr. Morneau, where the vivisection of Canadian tax regulation is resulting in a lot of on-the-fly re-planning by famers for what might be.

Over at the east end of the Centre Block, in the Red Chamber, the Senate agriculture and forestry committee is hearing witnesses for a study on the potential impact of the effects of climate change.

Don’t think that work isn’t going to heavily influence the future of carbon taxes in Canada.

And what of the 17 federal departments that form the innovation, science and economic development portfolio on the Hill and its associated agencies: Genome Canada, with its provincial and regional arms; the Science, Technology and Innovation Council; Sustainable Development Technology Canada; the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Council of Canadian Academies.

You might see an obvious tie to agriculture in the work of most of these, but the Council of Academies? Yes, it too is big in ag with its work on the impacts of microbial resistance, the state of science and tech and a look at water management.

The council influences the outcomes of legislation and the national direction of farming in this nation. It is located near Ottawa’s City Hall, a few blocks off the Hill, should you or your representatives want to pay them a visit.

I haven’t even got to the ag department yet.

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