EFA has been busy engaging Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, both on our own and with our supply managed partners in the SM5, to build relationships and discuss a number of pertinent topics. EFA took Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council, including several newly appointed members, on a trip designed to introduce them to the Alberta egg industry. The groups toured the EPIC plant and New York Colony, to get a closer look at where their food comes from and what egg farmers are doing to provide Albertans with fresh, local eggs.
The Alberta SM5 group co-hosted a farm tour with Jessica Littlewood, the MLA for Fort Saskatchewan – Vegreville. We were honored to take 7 MLAs and Jamie Curran, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, on a tour of a turkey farm. Farmers from each commodity group – eggs, chicken, hatching egg, turkey and milk – were able to share information about their industry with the MLAs, and engage them in discussion about many critically important issues, including NAFTA renegotiations, revisions to the Canada Food Guide, and government funding for agricultural research and innovation.
Both events highlighted the importance of working collaboratively with industry partners and government stakeholders to address concerns, overcome challenges, and build a sustainable agricultural sector in Alberta.