Q&A | Bob Keeney, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

02/10/2012 09:00:00 AM
Tom Karst

For the U.S., of course, the industry has been able to avail themselves of the (USDA PACA) trust protection plan since the mid-1980s and that has really ended up returning millions and millions of dollars to the industry that otherwise would not have occurred. 

There is a desire on the part of the Canadian industry, there is a desire on the part of the U.S. industry and the U.S. government and we believe too — that because of this cooperation council — there is a desire on the part of the Canadian government too to come to grips with this issue and seek some options that can be implemented, hopefully within a year or two. 

3:03 p.m. Karst: So you were pleased with the meeting?

3:04 p.m. Keeney: I think both sides are dedicated to this and we are going to work through this over the next few months.

By the end of March, there will be a report that is being issued by a private company that was contracted by the Canadian government to take a look at what the structures are in Canada from a regulatory and legal process to see what options are available to implement such a program in Canada. 

We are looking forward to the end of March report, and the report itself will drive a lot of our discussion from that point forward.

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