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Feds, Farmers Agree On Hog-Funding Objectives

Canada’s main hog farmers’ group and the federal government say they’ve agreed on the basic objectives for aid programs including funding for farmers’ exit strategies.

“Both organizations are committed to working on the application process, setting up the auction system and getting money into the hands of producers as soon as humanly possible,” Canadian Pork Council chairman Jurgen Preugschas said in a release Aug. 26.

The programs’ agreed-upon objectives, the CPC said, include allowing hog producers to consider both the long-term loan program, aimed at helping farmers get loans for restructuring, and the hog farm transition program, aimed at helping producers exit the industry.

As well, the CPC said, it was agreed that all operation types, including farrow-to-finish, farrow-to-wean, weaners and finishers, from all regions of the country, should get equal access “without bias.”

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