Canada’s current agricultural policy framework, Growing Forward 2, is set to expire in just over a year’s time. This five-year CAD$3 billion investment in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector saw the administration of three federal programs—AgriInnovation, AgriCompetitiveness and AgriMarketing—as well as a number of cost-shared programs delivered across the provinces and territories. With this plan on its way out, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is in the process of developing the next agricultural policy framework.
COTA’s Export Program offers trade opportunities
By Marie-Eve Levert
Canada has five organic equivalencies, including four with key importing countries and regions—the United States, European Union, Japan and Switzerland. Our equivalencies give Canadian companies access to the organic market of 32 countries that represent more than 90 percent of the overall demands for organic worldwide.
Although it feels as if I’ve known Matthew Holmes my entire life, I’m sure we first met at an ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) conference. I knew his wonderful wife Beth McMahon, ACORN’s Executive Director, who introduced us. Very soon after that, Matt became ACORN’s interim ED while Beth was on maternity leave.
The Canada Organic Trade Association’s (COTA’s) Board of Directors in early March appointed Tia Loftsgard as Executive Director of the association.