National Environmental Farm Plan Summit to take place this November
June 30, 2017 by Canadian Federation of Agriculture
June 30, 2017, Ottawa, Ont. – Agri-food stakeholders from across the value chain are invited to attend the second annual National Environmental Farm Plan (NEFP) Summit in Ottawa, November 1-2, 2017.
As Co-Chair of the NEFP steering committee, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) encourages producers and farm groups to be part of this initiative that seeks to harmonize the many different environmental farm plan programs in Canada.
“Farm organizations recognize that demonstrating producers’ commitment to environmental best practices is increasingly important,” said Ron Bonnett, CFA President. “CFA is pleased to invest in efforts to create more consistency among the Canada’s various environmental farm plans, while ensuring they remain responsive in their own regions.”
An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary, whole-farm, self-assessment tool that helps farmers and ranchers identify and build on environmental strengths, as well as mitigate risks on their operations. A National EFP (NEFP) would not be a replacement program, but rather a harmonization effort across the existing EFP programs nationwide.
Building on an inaugural event held last year, summit attendees will further develop a national standard designed to connect environmentally sustainable practices at the farm level with global food buyers’ growing need to source sustainable ingredients.
“The NEFP builds more than 20 years of success of EFPs in the farm and ranch community,” said Erin Gowriluk, NEFP Summit Chair and Policy and Government Relations Manager with the Alberta Wheat Commission. “The credibility of the EFP program has already attracted several major buyers. But the national standard will lay the groundwork for consistent sourcing from coast-to-coast while ensuring that the process continues to be driven by producers.”
The NEFP program is well into development, led by a steering committee comprised of participants from across the agri-food value chain.
Four sub-committees are working toward developing a national protocol as it relates to data collection, standards and verification, all of which will be supported through comprehensive communications and stakeholder outreach.
Summit attendees will hear from each committee, along with subject matter experts, about the progress to-date – information that will further guide steps toward this national standard.
Learn more and register for the 2017 National EFP Summit by visiting www.nationalefp.ca. The NEFP is always seeking to add to its list of stakeholders involved in shaping this made-in-Canada solution. Interested organizations should contact co-chairs Drew Black or Paul Watson.