Canada’s Canola Farmers Welcome New Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Winnipeg, MB –  ​​Canada's canola farmers welcome the newly appointed Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, to her new portfolio​​.

"As the national association representing Canada's canola farmers, we look forward to working with Minister Bibeau on priority issues that are significant to our farms and to our industry," says Bernie McClean, President of Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). "Agriculture is a dynamic and technologically advanced industry that presents many opportunities to help Canada's economy grow. We look forward to sharing more about canola's opportunities with Minister Bibeau in the near future."

The canola industry has set targets to increase sustainable production through innovation and sound stewardship, and relies on science-based decision making to help achieve those goals. With 90% of canola production destined for export markets, the industry depends on state of the art infrastructure and efficient corridors to keep canola moving to customers around the globe. 

"With almost $10 billion in farm cash receipts in 2017, canola represents a large portion of Canada's agriculture sector," says Rick White, Chief Executive Officer of CCGA. "The canola industry is focused on the future, and CCGA looks forward to working with the Minister to achieve our ambitious goals and help farmers succeed."  

"We congratulate Minister Lawrence MacAulay on his new appointment as Minister of Veterans Affairs," says McClean. "We thank him for this service to farmers during his tenure as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and wish him well in his new position."

CCGA represents canola farmers on national and international issues, policies and programs that impact farm profitability.

Contact:
Kelly Green, Director of Communications
t: 204.789.8821
e: kellyg@ccga.ca