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Programs continuing for Ontario producers


April 7, 2008
By Marg Land


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April 7, 2008, Ottawa, Ont. – The
federal and provincial governments recently announced that existing
programs under the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) will be extended
for up to one year, effective April 1, 2008.

April 7, 2008, Ottawa, Ont. – The federal and provincial governments recently announced that existing programs under the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) will be extended for up to one year, effective April 1, 2008.

Both governments are continuing to work toward the delivery of new programs for Ontario farmers through the Growing Forward initiative.
 
“Ontario producers need ongoing access to programs that can help them achieve a prosperous and profitable future,” said Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Leona Dombrowsky. “Managing the smooth transition from APF to Growing Forward will provide certainty for our farmers and all our partners.”
 
Consultations will continue so that Growing Forward programs are developed with the needs of the sector in mind. Plans are to have the new framework agreement in place by July 2008.

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This is welcome news for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. "We are pleased the ministers continue to keep the process moving,” said CFA president Bob Friesen. “I can't stress enough how important it is we have the framework finalized by July so the programs farmers need will be in place by next March.”