Canada’s Agriculture Day

It’s the fourth annual Canada Agriculture Day, a chance to recognize those who own, work and live on one of Canada’s 200,000 farms and the countless number of agriculture-related businesses.

The theme is “Forks Up For Canadian Ag”.

Uncertainty has been a word used by the farming community over the past year, with weather and markets being unpredictable.

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie Claude Bibeau said there is an ambitious goal of growing exports to $75 billion by 2025.

“We are working hard with provincial and territorial counterparts to improve the business risk management programs. We know that the risks have changed and the stress that our farmers face are different and we have to adapt our programs,” added Bibeau.

Bibeau added that with the realization of the challenges the agriculture industry faces, there are also proactive steps governments can take including science and innovation.

“We are investing in science with 75 new scientists across our research centres and we are also supporting private initiatives like the agri-marketing program,” said Bibeau. “We’re supporting different associations to market different products in different countries.”

Bibeau will be the keynote speaker at events in Ottawa today and there are events across the country marking Canada Agriculture Day.

“You know, a young farmer told me recently if you don’t care for the environment you’re just not in business. And I’m afraid that many people realize how hard they work and how they understand the importance of protecting the environment.”