By Tom Collins
GLENGARRY COUNTY A recent survey found that regulatory red tape amounts to extra stress on the farm, causing some farmers to change management practices.
Dairy farmer Don McCrimmon no longer sprays his crops. The Glengarry County dairy farmer now hires a company to spray as he was frustrated by being forced to take a spraying course every five years.
“It got to be a little too much red tape,” he said. “Its easier to hire someone else to do it.”
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business released the results of a survey last month where 86 per cent of 440 agricultural respondents from across Canada said excessive regulations add significant stress, and 64 per cent said that regulations reduce productivity. Another 63 per cent said regulations discourage them from growing their business.
Thirty-five per cent of respondents said they would advise their children to not start a business because of red tape.