Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Departments of the Government of Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC)
Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada
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Minister Gerry Ritz
Deputy Minister John Knubley
Established 1868
Responsibilities Canadian Dairy Commission

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Grain Commission

Farm Credit Canada

National Farm Products Council

Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration

Research Branch

Rural Secretariat

Employees N/A
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The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, also referred to as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) (French: Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada), is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for policies governing agriculture production, farming income, research and development, inspection, and the regulation of animals and plants. It also has responsibilities regarding rural development. It is popularly called Ag-Canada.

The current Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is Gerry Ritz.

Organizations which Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is responsible for include:

Contents

Acts and Regulations

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is responsible for a number of Acts related to agriculture and food in Canada[1].

  • Agricultural Marketing Programs Act
  • Agricultural Products Marketing Act
  • Animal Pedigree Act
  • Canada Grain Act
  • Canadian Agricultural Loans Act
  • Canadian Dairy Commission Act
  • Canadian Wheat Board Act
  • Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act
  • Experimental Farm Stations Act
  • Farm Debt Mediation Act
  • Farm Credit Canada Act
  • Farm Income Protection Act
  • Farm Products Agencies Act
  • Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act

Research

Agriculture Agri-Food Canada Saskatoon Research Centre on the Campus of the University of Saskatchewan

As part of the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Research Branch (French: Direction générale de la recherche d'Agriculture et agroalimentaire Canada) has the mandate to propose solutions and opportunities based on science to support competitiveness and the sustainability of the agriculture and agri-food sector. It is also in the Branch's mandate to provide scientific information to inform departmental and governmental decision processes.

Under the Experimental Farm Stations Act dating back to 1886, farm stations across Canada were established. The officers of these stations had the duty of conducting research in a number of specific areas pertinent to agricultural productivity and conservation, and of making the results of such research known by publication.

Today, the Research Branch includes a national network of 19 Research Centres [1] and 2,300 employees, including some 500 research scientists. Research activities focus on seven national priorities [2], including the enhancement of:

  • Human health and wellness through food, nutrition and innovative products;
  • The quality of food and the safety of the food system;
  • The security and protection of the food supply;
  • Economic benefits throughout the value chain from producers to consumers;
  • The environmental performance of the Canadian agricultural system;
  • Knowledge of Canadian bioresources and the protection and conservation of genetic diversity;
  • New opportunities for agriculture from bioresources.

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