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Harris seeks farmers’ feedback with agriculture survey

August 22, 2012

KITCHENERKitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris is encouraging farmers in Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich to provide their feedback on the challenges facing the province’s agricultural sector by filling out an online survey recently launched by the Ontario PC Caucus.

“Sometimes Queen’s Park can become a little disconnected with what’s happening to local farmers who are coping with the effects of excessive regulation and an ever-changing global economy,” Harris said. “While we need to do our best to uphold the highest standards of food safety, we must also ensure that Ontario farmers remain competitive here at home and on global markets.”

The survey, launched by Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, seeks local feedback in several areas, including: government regulation and programs, the Endangered Species Act and the effects of the summer drought.

“Agriculture continues to play a major role in our economy despite the regulatory barriers hindering Ontario’s competitive edge,” Harris said. “I’ve heard numerous stories from local farmers and companies who were told they had completed all the requirements to comply with current government regulations, only to find out there’s still another test, another study or another permit.

“I hope through this survey process, we learn from farmers what changes need to be made to ensure the long-term sustainability of the agricultural sector in Ontario.”

To fill out the survey, log on to MichaelHarrisMPP.ca/agriculture.

“In advance, I would like to thank any farmers who take the time to complete this survey. I look forward to reviewing your feedback and working with you in the future to make Ontario the greatest place to do business.”