The provincial farm organization wonders why the province changed its strategy on water regulations.

Keystone Agricultural Producers believes sending the province's Water Protection Plan to the Clean Environment Commission is an unusual step.


President David Rolfe says industry has been working with government for a year to come up with regulations that are workable and applicable.


He's unsure why this extra level of consultation is needed. Rolfe adds all it does is create an environment of uncertainty about what the final regulations will look like, and just when they will be implemented. 


Rolfe notes the regulations being proposed are consistent with the recommendations of agricultural stakeholders.


With that in mind, he's concerned the provincial government has unfairly targeted the hog sector as the primary focus of water quality issues.


The province has imposed a moratorium on new hog barn construction