Agriculture and Forestry
The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry has the mandate to examine legislation and to study, on order of the Senate, issues related to agriculture and forestry. The agriculture and agri-food portfolio covers all departments and agencies that are under the responsibility of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
While most of the forest on Crown land is managed by the provinces, the federal government is responsible for many forest-related matters. These include a fiduciary responsibility to aboriginal peoples, responsibility for the protection of endangered species, migratory birds, navigable waters, fisheries, environmental assessment, forest research, technology development, and the regulation of trade and commerce, including the export of forest products.
As Deputy Chair of the AGFO committee, Senator Deacon is committed to empowering regenerative, innovative, and Canadian-made solutions to combat climate change while fostering sustainable economic prosperity for generations to come. Consequently, supporting the health of our ecosystems, soils, foods, and lands, and of our farmers, communities, and livelihoods overall.
"When creating policies like carbon pricing, which will force a shift in agricultural practices, it is critical that the government prioritize research, knowledge transfer, and on-farm extension services, which include organic techniques, so farmers can gain the skills they need to operate energy efficient, profitable farm businesses without passing on the cost to consumers."
— Ashley St Hilaire
Director of Programs and Goverment Relations, Canadian Organic Growers
(AGFO Committee Evidence, 9 May 2017)