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POGA President Speaks to Canadian Senate

Last Wednesday, POGA President Art Enns spoke to the Canadian Senate regarding Bill C-30, or the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. The Bill is the Canadian Government’s attempt to address the commodity transportation crisis in Canada, and Art spoke about how grain producers – particularly oat growers – are being harmed by their inability to get their product to market. As always, Art was an excellent representative for both POGA and for farmers at large. We are extremely happy to be working with him.

The Bill was to be expedited through Parliament, but ran into an issue in the House of Commons, when an independent member raised a point of order regarding an amendment, stalling its progress temporarily. The Globe and Mail wrote about the Bill’s delays here.

You can read Art’s speech here.

I wrote about his earlier testimony in front of the House of Commons here.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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