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FCC pays to be a sustainable beef producer

FCC pays to be a sustainable beef producer

New FCC Sustainability Incentive Program will provide a payment to FCC customers who are CRSB Certified through CRSB’s certification bodies.

By Andrew Joseph, Farms.com; Photo by Subtle Cinematics on Unsplash

In its efforts to attract Canadian beef producers who are certified to sustainability standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has created a payment incentive program.

The FCC Sustainability Incentive Program will provide a payment to all of its customers who are CRSB-certified through CRSB’s certification bodies, which includes: Verified Beef Production Plus; Where Food Comes From Canada; and the Ontario Corn Fed Beef Quality Assurance Program.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $44 billion.

The CRSB’s Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, known as CRSB Certified, is a voluntary third party-audited sustainability certification program that recognizes sustainable practices in beef production and processing and enables sustainable sourcing, delivering credible, science-based assurances for consumers about sustainable beef production in Canada.

Todd Klink, FCC Vice-President of Marketing explained: “Canadian producers are already expert stewards of the land and livestock, and the beef sector has been a leader in demonstrating their sustainable practices through the CRSB.

“We are pleased to work with the CRSB to recognize FCC customers who have already achieved their certification and to encourage additional producers to become certified,” he said.

The FCC payment to customers varies. It is calculated as a portion of their lending with FCC to a maximum of $2,000 per year. Certified producers are welcome to re-apply for the incentive payment each year for the life of the FCC Sustainability Incentive Program.

If a farmer is already CRSB-certified or for those interested in becoming certified, apply at https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/financing/agriculture/sustainability-incentive-program.html.

“The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef applauds FCC for seeing the benefits of CRSB Certified beef production practices,” said Anne Wasko, CRSB Chair and co-owner of Bar 4 Bar Land and Cattle Inc.

Wasko continued: “The Canadian beef industry is continually evolving for the benefit of people, animals, and our planet. Thanks to the sustainable practices demonstrated by CRSB Certified beef producers, we have seen tremendous environmental stewardship and a high standard of animal care, which leads to a thriving beef industry today and for future generations. Sustainable practices will help achieve the ambitious long-term goals set by the industry.”

Certified beef producers who have previously participated in a Sustainability Incentive Program pilot test were impressed: “This will be a great program for producers like us and for the cattle industry,” shared one FCC customer who entered the program. “We invest a lot in our operation, and it is important to be recognized with something in return.”

The CRSB certification program involves an on-going audit process with its partners to ensure operations are meeting its sustainability standards based upon five principles, including natural resources, people and community, animal health and welfare, food, and efficiency and innovation.

“There is an increasing demand from consumers for certified assurances of sustainably-raised beef,” Wasko noted. “Canadian farmers and ranchers care about the environment, and we will continue to do what’s right to conserve our land and our animals, and to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of the future.”

Added Klink, “FCC already has lending solutions to support our customers’ sustainable practices. Launching this program with the CRSB is another way to support the industry on its sustainability journey.”

He continued: “While collaborating with the CRSB on this program is the first partnership of this kind, FCC has the intention of building incentive programs for other sectors in the future.”

For more information on the FCC, visit https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en.html.

For more on the CRSB, visit https://crsb.ca/.


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