EFA was honoured to have a recent opportunity to meet with Karen McPherson, the MLA for the constituency of Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill. Members of the EFA Board and staff gave MLA McPherson a detailed overview of EFA and the Alberta egg industry, the various on farm programs, and Alberta egg farmers’ commitment to fulfilling EFA’s vision of Healthy Food, Healthy Farms, Healthy Families.
EFA also discussed several pertinent issues that are of particular interest to egg farmers:
- farm safety – support for industry-led associations such as AgCoalition and AgSafe Alberta, and the benefits of developing a farm safety education and extension strategy
- carbon tax – the benefits of direct industry consultation with funding organizations such as Emissions Reduction Alberta, Alberta Innovates, and Energy Efficiency Alberta, and the importance of research and extension being recognized as integral components of innovation and technology
- research & development – the benefits of continuing the AgFunding Consortium model, and the benefits of direct industry consultation about funding allocation
- infrastructure levy – the recognition that an infrastructure levy must not be a long-term solution for rural infrastructure funding deficits, nor should it be a burden that compromises the economic viability of any agricultural sector
EFA would like to thank MLA McPherson for taking the time to meet with us, and for expressing a genuine interest in learning more about Alberta’s egg farmers and the provincial egg industry.