Alberta Barley welcomes Prime Minister Trudeau and incoming cabinet
(Calgary, Alberta) Nov. 4, 2015 – Alberta Barley would like to extend sincere congratulations to Prime Minister Trudeau, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay and the rest of the cabinet following this morning’s swearing-in ceremony.
“We have always had a productive relationship with the Government of Canada,” said Alberta Barley chairman Mike Ammeter. “I am eager to work with Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister MacAulay and rest of the government to ensure a profitable future for our barley industry.”
With the Liberal Party’s stated support for investment in agricultural research and free trade, Alberta’s barley farmers are poised to capitalize on opportunities that will boost the bottom line of their industry.
These opportunities include the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Upon ratification, the TPP will significantly reduce the tariffs and duties on malt, barley and, importantly, beef and pork exports into Japan–as well as other TPP partners. This agreement will ensure a profitable future for Alberta’s barley farmers as over 80 per cent of Alberta’s barley goes to feed production for livestock.
“We have many common goals with the Government of Canada, all of which involve ensuring that Canadian agriculture has a level-playing field on which to succeed,” added Ammeter.
“Through the TPP and a renewed investment in research, development and innovation, Alberta’s barley farmers will have the tools they need to continue growing world-class barley for markets at home and abroad.”
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