OTTAWA – The Honourable Rob Black, Senator for Ontario, spent the 2022 summer season touring farms and agriculturally adjacent organizations, as well as connecting with rural leaders, to learn more about their work, industry concerns, and the challenges and opportunities their communities are facing.
During his tours, Black heard about issues surrounding labour, supply chain concerns, food security, soil health, and more. Senator Black, who is also the Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, will continue to dedicate his work in the Senate of Canada to supporting and advocating for these important agricultural and rural communities.
“Many sectors, including agriculture, are facing increased pressure related to supply chain concerns and rising prices as well as other compounding factors, such as climate change,” said Black.
“From coast to coast to coast, Canadians must recognize the important role that agriculture plays and our own role in supporting the many people who make up our food supply chain.
“I am hopeful that we will see continued support from all levels of government and the public as agriculture works to enhance and strengthen their operations.”
Black made stops in Quebec, Ontario, including in his home community of Wellington County and nearby Guelph, as well as Ottawa, Saskatchewan, and Alberta this summer.
His tours included meetings with municipal officials at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference, opening fairs, tours of post-secondary institutions and research farms, as well as visits to local economic development organizations, oat processing farms, a creamery, and a meat processing facility, among many others.
He is looking forward to visiting operations in agricultural communities across the country when he next has the opportunity to do so.