2018 Federal Budget Ignores Agriculture
CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association was appalled that the 2018 Federal Budget contained nothing for agriculture. Grain growers alone contribute over $30 billion to the Canadian economy and the federal government has chosen to ignore this major contribution.
“Ignoring the farming community is something that farmers are used to but refuse to accept. We contribute a huge portion of the Canadian economy”, stated Levi Wood, President.
Canadian farmers are amongst the most competitive and efficient in the world. Farmers are productive and successful small businesses and the federal government hasn’t even recognized them in the 2018 budget.
“Budgets don’t balance themselves and wheat doesn’t plant itself. If the Federal Government really wanted to help farmers, they would remove trade barriers and ensure that we can move our products to market, rather than face transportation delays that cost us both time and income,” closed Jim Wickett, Chair.
Canadian farmers can supply our domestic needs, but the federal government needs to recognize and support the industry.
About the Wheat Growers:
Founded in 1970, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. For more information, please visit wheatgrowers.ca.