Stakeholder Involvement and committees
With a high degree of support across the board for the NEFP harmonization process, stakeholders from farm to fork have volunteered to serve on the newly formed steering committee. This group is working together in harmonizing the provincial and territorial EFP programs from coast-to-coast as an outcomes-based, producer-driven national standard.
The four standing committees outlined below report directly to the NEFP Steering Committee.
The Standard Committee was charged with two specific tasks. First, to explore the key parameters of the content required to satisfy SAI Platform’s Sustainability Assessment – Bronze standards that must be met by the provincial and territorial EFPs’ and secondly, determine a realistic benchmarking process that charts a pathway and inspires individual P/T/F governments to bring EFPs into national harmonization. Membership on the committee is voluntary. We enjoy broad representation that includes an array of national sector groups, provincial farm organizations, provincial and federal governments, a food corporation, environmental group and private sector consultants. The Standard Committee reports directly to the NEFP Steering Committee, and works closely with the other three standing committees to collectively achieve the desired outcomes of the NEFP.
The objective of the data management committee is to support the national harmonization effort by developing processes and tools to manage, protect and make advantageous and strategic use of the information collected within environmental farm plans, recognizing that the information provided by farmers is first and foremost their own. The committee considers the ways in which provincial and territorial EFP programs currently collect and use data, as well as the possible uses of future data and the means and challenges of using that data. It recognizes the need to balance data use desires with confidential nature of EFP data. The committee is composed of farmers, commodity organizations, EFP delivery organizations, government representatives and other interested individuals.
As a first step, the goal of the Verification Committee is to determine what role, if any, EFPs might play in verification. The rationale behind this is that EFP delivery agents are not the deciders if verification is needed; but must decide what contribution they might make. Once it has been determined what role EFP delivery agents might play, the programs will then need to decide what role they are collectively willing to play. To that end, surveys are in progress and a document is being developed that will outline what EFP delivery agents can do, as well as the costs, benefits and resource requirements to do it.
The Communications Committee supports the development of the national harmonization effort for the NEFP through stakeholder engagement and awareness and by working closely with the summit chair to coordinate the annual NEFP Summit. The communications committee recently launched this website, aimed at providing insights for stakeholders about the role of NEFP in the agri-food sector while outline its relationship with the EFP programs.
Join us in shaping Canada’s sustainability program. Contact NEFP Co-Chairs Paul Watson or Drew Black if your organization would like to get involved or simply learn more.
Thank you to the following stakeholders for their involvement in working toward the development of the NEFP. Involvement on the steering committee and standing committees includes:
- Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
- Canadian Canola Growers Association
- BC Dairy Association
- Alberta Agriculture
- Grain Growers of Canada
- Canadian Federation of Agriculture
- Egg Farmers of Canada
- McCain Foods Canada
- Alberta Wheat Commission
- Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
- BC Agricultural Research and Development Corporation
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Alberta Barley
- MacDonalds Canada
- Dairy Farmers of Canada
- Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
- BC Ministry of Agriculture
- Grain Farmers of Ontario
- Ducks Unlimited
- Alberta Environmental Farm Plan
- Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
- Chicken Farmers of Canada
- Government of Manitoba
- Cereals Canada (Representing the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops)
- CropLife Canada
- Government of Saskatchewan
- Keystone Agricultural Producers
- Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick
- Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture