Annual Report for Ministry of Agriculture and Food


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Table of Contents
Preface .........................................................................................................................................................1 Minister’s Accountability Statement .......................................................................................................3 Message from the Minister .......................................................................................................................5 Management’s Responsibility for Reporting ...........................................................................................7 Overview ......................................................................................................................................................9
• Charts of Ministry Entities ....................................................................................................9 • Entity Descriptions ..............................................................................................................11
Department ...................................................................................................................11 Agencies, Boards and Commissions ...........................................................................17 • Operational Overview .........................................................................................................18 Report of the Auditor General ................................................................................................................21 Results Analysis .......................................................................................................................................23 • Results of Operations ..........................................................................................................23 • Performance Measures Summary .......................................................................................25 • Core Businesses, Goals and Measures ...............................................................................30 • Performance Measures Methodology ................................................................................54 Financial Information .............................................................................................................................63 • Financial Statements ...........................................................................................................63 Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development ...........................................64 Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development ....................................83 Agriculture Financial Services Corporation ............................................................106 Other Information ..................................................................................................................................124 • Summary of Financial Information ..................................................................................124 • Alphabetical List of Government Entities’ Financial Statements .................................125
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Preface
Public Accounts 2006-2007
The Public Accounts of Alberta are prepared in accordance with the Financial Administration Act and the Government Accountability Act. The Public Accounts consist of the annual report of the Government of Alberta and the annual reports of each of the 20 Ministries. The annual report of the Government of Alberta released June 21, 2007, contains the Minister of Finance’s accountability statement and the consolidated financial statements of the Province. The Measuring Up report released June 28, 2007, provides a comparison of the actual performance results to the desired results set out in the government’s business plan. This annual report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food contains the Minister’s accountability statement, the audited consolidated financial statements of the Ministry and a comparison of actual performance results to desired results set out in the Ministry business plan. This Ministry annual report also includes: • the financial statements of entities making up the Ministry including the Department of
Agriculture and Food, regulated funds and provincial agencies for which the Minister is responsible, • other financial information as required by the Financial Administration Act and Government Accountability Act, either as separate reports or as a part of the financial statements, to the extent that the Ministry has anything to report, and • financial information relating to trust funds.
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Minister ’s Accountability Statement
The Ministry’s annual report for the year ended March 31, 2007, was prepared under my direction in accordance with the Government Accountability Act and the government’s accounting policies. All of the government’s policy decisions as at September 7, 2007, with material economic or fiscal implications of which I am aware have been considered in the preparation of this report.
[Original signed by] George Groeneveld Minister of Agriculture and Food September 7, 2007
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Message from the Minister
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development – now Agriculture and Food (AF) – had a very busy and productive year in 2006-2007. I am pleased to report we met or exceeded the majority of our performance measures as outlined in our business plan.
The Ministry committed $261 million to assist producers whose operations were impacted by rising input costs and falling commodity prices, as part of a disaster declaration issued by the province.
In addition, we committed $70 million to supplement the support provided to agricultural producers under the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program. This Albertaonly initiative will help to address ongoing concerns about the effects of back-to-back disasters in agriculture.
Numerous initiatives focused on keeping Alberta at the forefront. The Ministry committed, with the Government of Canada, nearly $40 million in Alberta’s beef industry to help accelerate the elimination of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from Alberta’s cattle herds.
This marketing work is supported by our efforts to enhance agri-food traceability systems for all species. These systems will achieve emergency management for food safety and public health events, and provide swifter border reopening and market access.
We also ensured that Alberta’s agricultural research capacity will continue to grow, for example, by committing $30 million to upgrade the province’s greenhouse facilities and to purchase research lands.
With the growing focus on alternate energy, this government committed $239 million over the next five years. This will help position Alberta as a leader in producing renewable energy from organic materials, producing environmentally friendly products and creating markets and process opportunities for Alberta’s agriculture industry.
We continued to support and promote the province’s rural communities by initiating the $100 million Rural Alberta’s Development Fund for distribution to rural initiatives across the province. The Fund is now under the auspices of the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Industry.
We served Albertans, province-wide, through a number of initiatives, including:
• the Canada-Alberta Farm Water Program • ongoing support to Alberta’s 285 rural agricultural societies for rodeos, fairs and exhibitions
across the province • the new Alberta Soil Information Viewer, available on Alberta Agriculture’s website
Consolidating and revising three previous acts, we introduced the Livestock Identification and Commerce Act to facilitate fair commerce, increase the protection available for livestock buyers and promote the integrity of marketing practices within the industry.
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We supported Alberta’s barley producers’ desire for marketing choice. Seventy-eight per cent of Alberta’s barley farmers voted, in the federal government’s barley plebiscite, for the freedom to choose where they sell their product. Promoting Alberta internationally, we met with representatives from Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, Korea, China, India, New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia to press for increased market access for all products, elimination of export subsidies and substantial reductions in trade-distorting domestic subsidies. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food had an exciting year, filled with achievement, change and challenges. As always, our dedicated staff worked hard to ensure the success of our initiatives. I would like to thank our staff, our partners and our stakeholders for their on-going efforts and continued commitment to Alberta’s agriculture industry. Sincerely,
[Original signed by] George Groeneveld Minister, Agriculture and Food
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Management’s Responsibility for Reporting
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food includes:
• Department of Agriculture and Food • Agriculture Financial Services Corporation • Alberta Grain Commission • The Office of the Farmers’ Advocate • Irrigation Council • Agricultural Products Marketing Council
The executives of the individual entities within the Ministry have the primary responsibility and accountability for the respective entities. Collectively, the executives ensure the Ministry complies with all relevant legislation, regulations and policies.
Ministry business plans, annual reports, performance results and the supporting management information are integral to the government’s fiscal and business plans, annual report, quarterly reports and other financial and performance reporting.
Responsibility for the integrity and objectivity of the consolidated financial statements and performance results for the Ministry rests with the Minister of Agriculture and Food. Under the direction of the Minister, I oversee the preparation of the Ministry’s annual report, including consolidated financial statements and performance results. The consolidated financial statements and the performance results, of necessity, include amounts that are based on estimates and judgments. The consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with the government’s stated accounting policies.
As Deputy Minister, in addition to program responsibilities, I establish and maintain the Ministry’s financial administration and reporting functions. The Ministry maintains systems of financial management and internal control, which give consideration to costs, benefits and risks that are designed to:
• provide reasonable assurance that transactions are properly authorized, executed in accordance with prescribed legislation and regulations, and properly recorded so as to maintain accountability of public money,
• provide information to manage and report on performance, • safeguard the assets and properties of the Province under Ministry administration,
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• provide Executive Council, Treasury Board, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Agriculture and Food any information needed to fulfill their responsibilities, and
• facilitate preparation of Ministry business plans and annual reports required under the Government Accountability Act.
In fulfilling my responsibilities for the Ministry, I have relied, as necessary, on the executive of the individual entities within the Ministry.
[Original signed by] Rory Campbell Deputy Minister Ministry of Agriculture and Food September 7, 2007
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