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Committee to hold press conference on rural poverty and farm inputs

OTTAWA--(June 16, 2008) – The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry will be holding a press conferences at 10:00 am, June 17 to discuss two studies it has been working on; a report that provides policy recommendations to address rural decline and poverty in Canada and a report on the causes and consequences of escalating farm input costs.  

The committee has been studying rural poverty and rural decline for nearly two years, travelling in every province and territory hearing testimony from rural policy experts and from hundreds of rural Canadians.  The study on farm inputs was initiated earlier this year when it became clear that rising prices for fuel, fertilizer, seeds, etc., was seriously eroding farm profits. 

Journalists are invited to participate in the press conference either in person or by teleconference.  The proceedings will be webcast live, both in audio and video format.  

DATE:                       June 17, 2008

PLACE:                     Room 2, Victoria Building, 140 Wellington Street

TIME:                        10 a.m.

Live Webcast,
audio and video: 

Teleconference:         For media wishing to participate by phone, the dial-in numbers are: North American Dial-In Number: 1-888-265-0464 or locally: 613-954-4096.  

Participants must quote Conference Identification Number 52043721

For more information on the activities of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, please go to:

For further information, contact:

Eric Mikkelborg
Media Relations  
Tel: (613) 995-1952

Jessica Richardson,
Clerk of the Committee
Tel:  990-6087

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