Business & Policy
Pullet growers draft application for SM status
By Kristy Nudds
August 30, 2011 – After months of producer consultations nationwide, the Pullet Growers of Canada (PGC) has drafted a detailed application proposal for the Farm Products Council of Canada in pursuit of Part 2 Agency status under the Farm Products Agencies Act.
“We are very pleased with the progress and support we have received to date in this process,” says PGC chair Andy DeWeerd. “However we need to keep the momentum going and see this through to the finish.”
Since sanctioning their mandate at their annual general meeting last spring, PGC has conducted a first round of consultations with pullet growers across the country to gather information on the expectations and concerns of producers. From this information a first draft of the Detailed Proposal was developed for the Farm Products Council of Canada to determine any gaps in the process of submission.
Another key document derived from the consultations is a draft of the Federal-Provincial Agreement. This document is comprised of a principles-based agreement outlining: the basis of the federal-provincial relationship on pullets; an operating agreement that provides the details of how the relationship might work; and, a quota methodology to set the stage for operating as an Agency.
A complete update on PGC activities will be presented to the national and provincial supervisory agencies at the October meeting in Prince Edward Island. And in the coming months PGC will continue their consultations with provincial agencies on the development of the Federal-Provincial Agreement so they may add value and work to identify and resolve any outstanding issues. At the same time PGC will continue working with the Farm Products Council of Canada to fill-in any gaps in required information and prepare the final copy for submission to become a Part 2 Agency.
“It is very important to both PGC and this whole process that pullet producers have a voice. PGC exists to express the wants and needs of the pullet producers of Canada,” explains Mr. DeWeerd. “So if anyone has any questions, they should feel free to contact anyone on the executive.”