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August 28, 2012

28 August 2012

The Negative Consequences of Agricultural Marketing Boards

Research Paper on the economic impact of agricultural marketing boards

In order to promote a change of agricultural policy, we briefly review the cases of countries that have abolished or are in the process of abolishing quota systems: the buyback and abandonment of milk quotas in Australia, of tobacco and peanut quotas in the United States, the elimination of milk quotas in Switzerland and the beginnings of a process of abandonment of milk quotas in Europe. Canada could follow these examples by abandoning mandatory membership in marketing boards and by imposing a temporary tax to buy back farming quotas. These are necessary conditions to realizing the competitive potential of our agri-food sector, fostering agricultural entrepreneurship and thereby allowing it to contribute to the prosperity of the country.

Media release :: Agricultural marketing boards and supply management are costly... for producers


Links of interest

Les agriculteurs pénalisés par la gestion de l'offre, affirme l'Institut économique de Montréal (, August 29, 2012)

Marketing boards failing farmers, study argues (The Globe and Mail, August 28, 2012)

Group says farmers and consumers 'shackled' by agricultural marketing boards (The Canadian Press, August, 28 2012)
      Interview with Mario Dumais (Sun TV, August 28, 2012)


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