Ottawa, ON – Canada’s AgGrowth Coalition and its members are calling on the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers to begin implementation of a four-point plan for immediate action on national Business Risk Management (BRM) programs that will be more beneficial to farmers from across Canada than legacy programs that are currently in place.
The AgGrowth Coalition and its members believe the following actions should be implemented by the FPT Agriculture Ministers during their meeting in Quebec City this July:
- AgriStability coverage immediately adjusted to cover losses starting at 85 per cent reference margins with no Reference Margin Limits.
- Prioritize discussions on production insurance for livestock and horticulture crops which are not currently covered under AgriInsurance.
- Discussions on BRM programming options to be meaningful and focussed on program effectiveness rather than funding levels.
- The establishment of an industry-government technical working group that allows farm groups to actively participate in BRM data and impact analysis.
“Farmers from across the country are facing risks beyond their control. We’ve been told for years that change is coming, and it is time for action by the FPT Ministers on BRM programming” says Markus Haerle, Chair of AgGrowth Coalition. “The U.S. government is providing support for its farmers; we need our governments from across Canada to stand up and support Canadian farmers so we can remain competitive,” adds... (read more)