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Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Investment in Long Term Productivity and Range Health Improvements for the Community Pasture Program

Announced on June 27, 2007:

In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, a detailed Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was conducted for the investment in the Community Pasture Program. The SEA determined that significant economic, social and environmental benefits would arise from the proposed government actions.

The proposal seeks additional funding to support the efforts of the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) to maintain and improve PFRA pasture lands managed through the Community Pasture Program. The program will focus on water supply resource development, forage rejuvenation and vegetation control. The SEA determined that work in these areas could have a net positive impact on the environment.


Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Cull Breeding Swine Program

Strategic Environmental Assessment

In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, a detailed Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was conducted for the Cull Breeding Swine Program. The SEA determined that both important negative and positive environmental effects may result from the program.

The Cull Breeding Swine Program seeks to assist producers in downsizing their operations in order to stabilize the industry. The program will provide 100 percent of the funding for humane euthanization and 100 percent of the costs associated with slaughter and disposal. The SEA determined that any potential negative environmental effects will be mitigated through program design and monitoring.

The program will mitigate the desperate situation some producers may find themselves in. The program may advert those contemplating on-farm euthanization and burial.

The majority of the culled animals are expected to be rendered rather than disposed of on-farm. In cases where on-farm disposal occurs, provincial regulations will safeguard against environmental damage. Program delivery funding has been available to the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) to hire resources to assist producers in carrying out the on-farm disposal. The CPC also has a role in monitoring those enrolled in the program for the next three years.


Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Environmentally Responsible Agriculture Element of Growing Forward

Strategic Environmental Assessment

In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, a detailed Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was conducted for the Environmentally Responsible Agriculture element of Growing Forward. The SEA determined that important environmental benefits would arise from the proposed government actions.

Environmentally Responsible Agriculture seeks to ensure that the agricultural sector in Canada meets or exceeds domestic and global environmental standards, while also focusing on profitability for the sector. It is comprised of ten programs within four initiatives centred around: science; knowledge and information tools; on-farm sustainable agriculture practices; and environmental performance management and reporting.

The SEA determined that work in these areas could have a net positive impact on the environment.


Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Agricultural Flexibility Fund

In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, a detailed Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was conducted for the Agricultural Flexibility Fund. The SEA determined that important environmental benefits would arise from the proposed government actions.

The Agricultural Flexibility Fund is comprised of proposed initiatives which encompass environmental sustainability, reduction in production costs, innovation, research and value chain competitiveness and transformation. The SEA determined that work in these areas could have a net positive impact on the environment.


Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Cull Breeding Swine Program

Announced on March 22, 2004:

In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was conducted for the Transitional Industry Support Program (TISP). The SEA concluded that overall TISP will have minimal, if any, negative impact on the environment. In addition, the program reduces the likelihood of on-farm disposal, thus reducing the potential risk to the environment.

The TISP program is a one-time program that delivers two types of payments directly to producers: a "direct payment" to producers of cattle or other ruminants and a "general payment". The purpose of the program is to help producers to manage extremely difficult cash flow situations until the new Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program is fully operational.

Overall, the "direct payment" will have little, if any, impact on production decisions and in particular on herd expansion. The current market conditions which are disrupted by the Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis and related border closures are more likely to impact on production decisions than a one-time payment that compensates in part for losses already experienced. On this basis, we do not anticipate any herd expansion due to the program, and hence, no negative environmental impacts. The "direct payment" will likely have a positive impact on the environment, by continuing to reduce the likelihood of on-farm disposal.

Similarly, the "general payment" will have little impact, if any, on production decisions and on the environment. This payment is to facilitate the transition to the new CAIS program as producers face challenging times and still have to recover from a severe drop in farm income which was mainly due to droughts, BSE and unfavorable exchange rates. The overall economic context exerts a much greater influence on production decisions than any one-time payment.


Strategic Environmental Assessment of the proposed programming to Reposition the Canadian Beef and Cattle Industry

Announced on September 10, 2004:

In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, a detailed Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was conducted for this proposal. The SEA determined that significant economic, social and environmental risks could arise from the current Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) situation if governments fail to intervene.

The primary environmental risk extends from financial pressures on producers who, as a result of limited domestic slaughter capacity and low cattle prices under the current market situation, are faced with care and feeding of older animals that have little or no economic value. Through a package of measures to address key economic pressures facing the industry, the proposed programming is expected to have a net positive impact on the environment.

Some of the proposed programming to assist the industry involves a potential negative impact on the environment, such as the increased resource use and waste generation associated with expansion of domestic slaughter capacity. Where these and other risks exist, mitigation measures have been identified or proposed.

The department also commits to revisiting the SEA in a year's time to determine if the potential environmental implications occurred and were appropriately addressed. Revisiting the SEA will also provide an opportunity to propose additional mitigation measures, if necessary.

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