Not so way back, agricultural legislation didn’t get loads of consideration — there have been different areas of legislation, akin to enterprise, household, or felony legislation, that had been far more established. It’s an space of apply that has modified a lot in the final 50 years, and somebody who’s been at the forefront of all of it, is Don Buckingham, an inductee to this yr’s crop of Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Buckingham grew up on a farm in northwestern Saskatchewan and grew up considering he’d be a farmer and a lawyer, with a apply in a small city.
“That didn’t quite work out, I actually did quite a few other things,” jokes Buckingham. After leaving the farm, he attended legislation college, and he realized no one was actually working towards in the space of agricultural legislation, which he discovered uncommon as agriculture is the mainstay of Canada’s economic system.
The technical questions had been what drew Buckingham to agricultural legislation, questions like: how do you purchase farmland; how do you rent farm staff; how do you take care of dying or divorce in a farm household? Buckingham figured he may make a profession out of answering these questions, and taught them in Saskatchewan and Ontario legislation colleges for the first 15 years of his profession.
For his subsequent trick, Buckingham threw his hat into agriculture legislation and coverage, first with Ag Canada of their authorized division, advising ministers on authorized questions. His subsequent two stops had been equally as fascinating as the first two components, one as an administrative choose, coping with legislation disputes between farmers and the Canadian Meals Inspection Company. Lastly, in the final three years, Buckingham has been concerned with the Canadian Agriculture Coverage Institute (CAPI) as their CEO, taking a look at new methods for agriculture coverage to stay present and related.
Buckingham says he’s lined the whole field, pun supposed, of agricultural legislation in Canada.
Hear the full dialog between Buckingham and RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney under: