The National Farmers Union is calling for sweeping changes to Canada’s farm support programs.
President Jan Slomp says the focus should change from export oriented volume sales to self-sustaining local food production.
He says policies should provide more support for small farmers.
He says smaller producers may not have volume in terms of dollars but they run risks and are unfairly excluded from Agristability payments.
He also feels limits should be placed on support payouts to discourage larger farms.
Slomp says imposing a ceiling on payments can help more producers and diversify the farm economy.
Slomp also says the agriculture ministers need to develop policies to reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions.
He says farmers should be trying to offset greenhouse gas emissions instead of contributing to global warming.
He says there may be less focus on exports and more on feeding our own communities.
The NFU’s recommendations are aimed at the federal-provincial agriculture ministers annual meeting in Calgary, July 20th to 22nd.