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Canada Invests $2 Million for Research and Reg Efficiencies in Ag
Date: Sunday, April 13 2008
Topic: Business and Money


The federal contribution of $2,086,250 will assist The University of Western Ontario in the five-year Agriculture and Agri-Food Project (AAFP) that will evaluate the impact of government regulation on the agriculture sector. The AAFP will help industry, government, academia and stakeholders to share knowledge, identify and address emerging issues, and provide advice and recommendations on regulations.

Apr 12, 2008 12:04 ET



Government of Canada Invests $2 Million for Research and Regulatory Efficiencies in Agriculture




LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 12, 2008) - The Government of Canada is committed to keeping our farmers competitive by removing unnecessary regulations and red tape. That is why we are investing in a project to study the regulatory environment in the agriculture sector with a view to encourage competitiveness and prosperity.



The announcement was made today by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, at The University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business.



"The Government of Canada is committed to giving our world-class farmers the tools they need to compete at home and abroad," said Minister Ritz. "We are committed to funding research and working in partnership with industry, stakeholders and academia."



The federal contribution of $2,086,250 will assist The University of Western Ontario in the five-year Agriculture and Agri-Food Project (AAFP) that will evaluate the impact of government regulation on the agriculture sector. The AAFP will help industry, government, academia and stakeholders to share knowledge, identify and address emerging issues, and provide advice and recommendations on regulations.



The AAFP will be coordinated by a Regulatory Impact Chair at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Under the Chair's direction, the AAFP will:

- Conduct research that will focus on government policy-making and regulatory decisions, informed by the priorities of the sector;

- Present research findings to media, government agencies, community groups, and the general public;

- Hold annual workshops and seminars for industry, government, rural and academic stakeholders to discuss and identify regulatory solutions to critical agricultural and agri-food issues;

- Produce teaching materials and executive training programs; and

- Create an online platform for the sector to access information and network with colleagues and stakeholders.



This project will also engage business students at the school and expose them to agriculture and agri-food issues. It is an opportunity to develop a new generation of business managers to continue to lead the agriculture sector to sustainable profitability.



"We're honoured to have been selected as the recipient of the funds for the Regulatory Impact Project," said Carol Stephenson, Dean, Ivey Business School. "The agriculture and agri-food industries are critical to Canada's economic, environmental and social sustainability and influence industries as diverse as the agricultural sector. The regulatory issues facing the agriculture and agri-food industries are nested in larger business issues, and the Ivey Business School is positioned well to heighten awareness and understanding of these issues."



Funding is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the industry-led Agricultural Adaptation Council.



"Producers and everyone in the agri-food value chain will benefit from having a research team and a high-profile Chair completely dedicated to understanding and advancing the sector," said Kim Turnbull, Agricultural Adaptation Council Chair. "This project is another example of the great partnerships that are being developed between government, industry and academia."



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