Welcome, everyone, to the 20th meeting of our House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. We're continuing our study on business risk management programs.
First of all, I will thank my colleague John Barlow for taking the chair at the last meeting. I heard it went quite well, so thank you, John, for doing that.
In calling the meeting to order, I will quickly go over some of the rules to follow.
Interpretation in this video conference will work very much as in a regular committee meeting. At the bottom of your screen, you have the choice of floor, English or French. When you intervene, please make sure that your language channel is set to the language you intend to speak, not floor language. This is very important, as it will reduce the number of times we need to stop because the interpretation is inaudible for our participants, and it will maximize the time we spend exchanging with each other.
We have a few witnesses here. Can I get a nod that you've understood those guidelines? Is everything good? Thank you.
Also, before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you are ready to speak, you can click on the microphone icon to activate your mike.
Also, make sure your microphone is off when you are not talking.
We are now ready to begin.
I want to welcome our witnesses to today's meeting.
In the first hour, we have the following witnesses: Mr. Mario Rodrigue, acting director general, and Mr. René Roy, administrator, from Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec; from MNP, Mr. Stuart Person, senior vice president of agriculture, and Mr. Steve Funk, director of agricultural risk management resources; and Mr. Jake Ayre, farmer, from Southern Seed Ltd.
We will begin with opening remarks of seven minutes each.
I will ask the representatives of Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec to begin. Mr. Rodrigue or Mr. Roy, you have seven minutes in total. Please go ahead.