Ontario establishes hog industry advisory committee
Ontario's hog industry is taking a collaborative step
forward by establishing the Ontario Hog Industry Advisory Committee.
"We've established the Ontario Hog Industry Advisory
Committee (HIAC) to help Ontario Pork Producers' Marketing Board transition to a
new hog marketing environment in which producers will have more marketing
options," says Elmer Buchanan, Acting Chair of the Ontario Farm Products
The call for broader value-chain leadership in
Ontario's pork industry was an outcome of the July 2008 Commission hearing into
the future role of Ontario Pork. The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission
carried through to establish HIAC to provide input and feedback to Ontario Pork
as it moves away from sole authority for the marketing of hogs in the province.
Bringing people together
"The Council brings producers, processors and the board together to
discuss how we move from the old system to a new system smoothly. That is its
immediate challenge," says Buchanan. "From what I've seen at the committee's
first two meetings in November, I'm impressed by the commitment to make it
effective for all stakeholders in Ontario's pork industry."
to Ontario Pork establishing an autonomous hog sales and marketing group for
Ontario producers who wish to use its services, the committee also turned its
attention to the importance of investigating options to provide producers with a
payment protection program.
• Ontario Pork
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