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Berger promotes Alberta at Washington meetings

Evan Berger

Evan Berger

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Evan Berger will promote Alberta’s agricultural and agri-food industry and participate in discussions on trade issues for four days in Washington, D.C.
Berger, who is Alberta’s minister of agriculture and rural development, is attending the Legislative Agricultural Chairs Summit and the State Agricultural Rural Leaders board meetings Jan. 4-7.
The annual summit brings together U.S. state legislative chairs, provincial ministers and elected officials to discuss agriculture issues.
“With the current political and economic climate in the U.S. it’s important that we continue to develop key relationships with U.S. state leaders” Berger said. “It is critical that we are engaged in discussions that impact Albertans, our agriculture industry and relations with our largest trading partner, the U.S.”
The summit deals with priority agriculture issues including the U.S. Farm Bill, growing world food demand, food safety and traceability efforts, and updates on the U.S. Food Modernization Act.
While in Washington Berger will meet with key U.S. industry representatives.
Alberta will host dinner meetings with U.S. legislators and will co-host the summit’s Canadian delegation with the Canadian Consulate-General and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, along with a summit breakfast event.
Total costs for these events and Berger’s expenses are estimated to be $6,550.

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