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To: Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture
781 Confederation Bldg.
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Ritz,

I am writing to you in hopes that the Federal Government of Canada will recognize the extreme crisis that the Canadian Pork industry is currently in. Before the economic crisis began, before the fall of our auto industry, before the crash in energy prices and even before the soft-wood lumber challenges, Canadian Pork Producers have been losing their equity, assets and more importantly a sustainable livelihood.
A perfect storm has engulfed our once great industry:
The ridiculous nature of converting food (corn and soybeans) into fuel which has resulted in input cost increases never seen before in the industry.
This industry has seen the consolidation and evaporation of multiple market access for its products.
This industry has been dealt a severe public relations nightmare in the form of the H1N1 flu (inappropriately named the Swine Flu) that precipitously resulted in an immediate decrease in consumption, demand and prices paid for our products.
Our industry has been sanctimoniously removed from one of the largest swine market places in the world through a largely uncontested MCOOL legislation in the United States.
Our industry has been effectively cut-off from vital credit through traditional and agriculturally based lending institutions due to misaligned mandates in the current economic environment.
Our industry remains burdened by higher operating costs due to legislative and environmental mandates with no reciprocation through cost recovery and economic equality through pricing mechanisms.

The evidence is clear and within the public forum that the Canadian Pork Industry NEEDS a Federally sponsored Emergency Funding Initiative in order to establish a fiscal bridge that is simply not available through any chartered or agriculturally mandated creditors such as Farm Credit Canada. I ask you as a Minister and advocate for our countrys agriculture sector to act immediately, without political or pundit bias to help our industry in its darkest hour.
I believe that failure to act immediately will result in dire consequences via the dissipation of hundreds of thousands of jobs related directly and indirectly to the Pork Industry as well as the eventual death of many family farms. The losses in our industry are vast (losses of 20-50 dollars per marketed animal) and are threatening the viability of ALL farms in the Canadian landscape. As most farming is integrated into multiple sectors such as grain, beef, poultry, dairy and vegetable production, the current equity losses are now jeopardizing the entire agricultural system, the families that participate in them and all of the direct and ancillary supporting industries.

I call upon you to act now.

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