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Farmers complain about red tape

Source: Karen Briere, Producer.com, January 24, 2020

Farmers surveyed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business say red tape is costing them time and money.

Ninety-five percent of the 261 farmer respondents in a larger CFIB survey said they could be more competitive if there was less red tape.

Virginia Labbie, CFIB’s senior policy analyst for agri-business, said this doesn’t mean deregulation or removing rules that protect food safety, but it does mean cutting extra paperwork and shortening wait times while on hold.

“Our farm members don’t have time to sit on the phone waiting for government to answer questions or fill out piles of confusing paperwork in the middle of calving or harvest,” she said. “This really is a significant drain on productivity and innovation.”

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