Industry invited to shape development of new federal/provincial framework to benefit agriculture and agri-food industry

With Growing Forward 2 expiring March 2018, those in the agriculture and agri-food industries may wonder what the next agricultural policy framework will look like. Public consultation is already well underway on the Next Policy Framework (NPF) set to begin April 1, 2018 and those wishing to help shape it, are invited to submit their ideas and opinions.
 
What is the Next Policy Framework?
 
The NPF outlines the common goals in support of the agriculture and food sectors between the federal, provincial and territorial governments. It confirms both business risk management and strategic initiatives to support sustainable growth of the agriculture and agri-food sector in Canada. The programs provide funding to support a broad range of industry including producers, agri-food processors, research institutions and organizations.

In the summer of 2017, federal, provincial and territorial agricultural ministers are expected to sign a detailed agreement outlining the objectives of the NPF, the business risk management programs and the amount of funding in each province and territory for provincially delivered strategic initiatives. The NPF is a five-year agricultural policy framework agreement among federal-provincial-territorial governments.
 
Strategic initiatives are programs and activities in support of priority areas such as: markets and trade; science, research and innovation; risk management; environmental sustainability and climate change; value added agriculture and agri-food processing; and public trust.
 
Manitoba’s public consultation process
 
Each province has the flexibility to determine its unique set of programs to meet the priority areas. In Manitoba, the development of programs and activities involves comprehensive consultations with industry stakeholders and this will continue as programs are developed.
 
Manitoba is planning to have its programs developed by the fall of 2017 and be available immediately after Growing Forward 2 expires on March 31, 2018.
 
A public consultation is currently underway to determine the kinds of programs that will be available in Manitoba under the NPF. An online survey is available until May 15, 2017 and potential applicants can share their priorities and opinions.
 
Manitoba Agriculture is also meeting directly with approximately 30 commodity groups and industry organizations to enable the sector to discuss programming needs and new ideas for the agriculture and agri-food sector. The feedback Manitoba Agriculture receives from the survey and industry organizations will be considered along with the results of two industry engagement sessions which took place in the summer of 2016.
 
How to get involved
 
Those wishing to give input to help shape Manitoba’s priorities and programs for the NPF should complete the online survey on the website before May 15, 2017.
 
They can also email their comments or written submissions to mbagpolicyconsultation@gov.mb.ca. Those wishing to send a letter can mail it to:
 
Manitoba Agriculture
Policy Branch
811-401 York Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8
 
For more information and latest news on the NPF, visit www.manitoba.ca/agriculture.