Canada’s largest hog-producing province, Quebec, has imposed a temporary moratorium on the issuance of permits for new hog barns and hog barn expansion, through June 15, 2002, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

In the meantime, a special committee has been charged with developing an “action plan” to bring in new environmental rules for hog barns based on the principles of sustainable agricultural development. The new rules are scheduled to become effective June 16, 2002.

The committee is composed of representatives from Quebec’s agricultural and environmental departments and farm groups. All pending hog barn permits will be subject to the new regulations

This is a major development, as Canadian producers have been relatively free of regulations and obstacles to expansion, compared to their U.S. counterparts. Canadian pork production has grown steadily 1997.

Source: American Meat Institute