QUEEN’S PARK- Last week Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC Critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and MPP Jeff Yurek announced that they are releasing a survey to look at steps the government should take to support farmers in Elgin-Middlesex-London and strengthenOntario’s agriculture industry.

“We are committed to working with farmers to strengthen the agriculture industry,” said Yurek. “This survey will identify the challenges affecting farmers from different parts of the province and in different sectors. It’s part of ensuring that ruralOntario is represented at Queen’s Park and our farmers concerns are heard.”  

With these results, Hardeman and Yurek will continue to hold the current government to account and develop policy proposals to strengthen the province’s agriculture industry.

“I’ve heard a lot from farmers about their concerns that over regulation is preventing the growth of their business,” said Hardeman. “To stay competitive against an ever-changing global economy, farmers must focus on growing top-quality food, not getting caught up in bureaucratic red tape. Through this survey, I hope to identify specific regulations that should be reviewed.”

This survey will give farmers the opportunity to articulate what they need to ensure their farm is competitive and sustainable.

Mr. Yurek is inviting farmers to participate in the survey and share their concerns and experiences. Those who wish to share their thoughts can complete the online survey at www.ErnieHardemanMPP.com/agriculture. If you would like a hard copy sent to you, please call Mr. Yurek’s office or email jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org.

“I hope that farmers will take this opportunity to share their views on what is required to strengthen Ontario’s agriculture industry,” said Yurek.