Author: Mike McLean

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture is recommending a 4 year direct payment program to the grains and oilseeds sector be implemented by the federal government.

The suggestion is included in the committee's interim report on the farm income crisis.

The report says a Canadian farm bill needs to be put in place.

Elements would include the development of a national bio-fuels infrastructure, programs to increase producer involvement in the agri-food value chain, and aggressive trade strategies bilaterally and at the W-T-O.