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Federal committee sends BRM recommendations to Bibeau

The letter from the Commons agriculture committee trod on some familiar ground

The parliamentary committee studying business risk management (BRM) programs has highlighted potential changes in a letter sent to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, Liberal MP Pat Finnigan, wrote the letter in advance of the July 3 enrolment deadline for AgriStability so that Bibeau could work

While U.S. farmers are getting billions of dollars to help them through the current economic crisis, some say Canada’s efforts to help out farmers have fallen short.

A tale of two countries’ farm subsidies

American farmers have received billions of dollars in aid and legislators are working to send out more, while Canadian farmers’ requests fall on deaf ears

What a difference a border makes. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) wants $2.6 billion in emergency farm aid due to reduced revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while the American government has already budgeted US$23.5 billion in ad hoc farm subsidies. That’s coming as part of its US$2-trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security


$16 billion pledged to U.S. farmers due to COVID-19

USDA predicts lower prices for most commodities, excluding wheat and rice

While the Canadian Federation of Agriculture asks for ad hoc subsidies to help Canadian farmers to offset lower incomes expected due to COVID-19, the United States administration could spend as much as $25 billion to help its farmers due to the pandemic. American farmers will receive billions of dollars of subsidies through direct payments. But

Federal Agricultural Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the carbon tax impact on grain drying is “not that significant.”

CFA urges government to better consider agriculture

The sector shouldn’t be ‘collateral damage’ when government direction is set

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) wants to see Ottawa doing a better job of considering farmers when making decisions. That theme emerged from the recent annual general meeting of the group, held in Ottawa. “There’s a lot of good, sound policy in there that we want to see and move forward. But, you know,

Protesting Spanish farmers fear countryside has no future

EU budget negotiations, budgetary woes, add to farmers’ anxiety

Spain | Reuters – Thousands of farmers took to the streets of Murcia in southern Spain Feb. 21, blocking streets with tractors and tossing vegetables to the ground in protest at low food prices and precarious working conditions. Similar demonstrations have sprung up around the country over the last month, part of a broader pattern of agricultural discontent


There are no less than three barriers currently holding farmers back from achieving greater success.

Opinion: Agriculture policy revisions needed for new era

Canadian farmers cannot afford a business-as-usual approach any longer

Carbon taxes, pesticide regulations and food policy are three topics CFFO asked to be brought to the table at the federal-provincial agriculture ministers’ meeting. With “business as usual,” Canada is risking fair treatment of our farming sector and worsening trade distortions and business sustainability. Firstly, carbon taxes could raise the cost of Canadian food production,

Canadian dairy and poultry farmers aren’t eligible for many government financial supports.

Government support for Canadian farms well below global average

OECD remains critical of Canada’s supply management system

Canada remains the perennial Boy Scout of international agriculture policy. Canadian farmers receive less government support than producers in many other countries, according to the latest report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. However, the organization remains critical of supply management in the dairy and poultry sector. With the introduction of business risk

Editor’s Take: Canada at a crossroads

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada remains either a leader or laggard in the realm of support for its agriculture sector, depending on how one approaches the problem. A free market idealist who favours letting the invisible hand sort it all out might think less support to producers is a


Comment: Let’s ditch the silos

Canada must move towards an integrated agri-food policy framework

By adopting a whole-of-government approach and rolling out a strategy for strong economic and environmental performance, the export potential of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector can be realized. The Canadian government has identified the agriculture and agri-food sector as an engine of growth, with some pretty ambitious targets over the next decade. The 2017 Barton

District 6 farmer Rauri Qually spoke in favour of a resolution to give landlords an income tax break for renting land at a reduced rate to young farmers during KAP’s 35th annual meeting Feb. 5 in Winnipeg. The resolution was referred to a KAP committee for further study.

Recent KAP AGM explored policy landscape

From tax breaks to help young farmers rent land to wild boar the discussion was wide ranging

Class 1 licences, grain dryers, seed royalties, wild boars and a plan to make land rent more affordable for young farmers — all among the 19 resolutions Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) debated at the 35th annual meeting in Winnipeg Feb. 5 and 6. The land rent resolution proposed KAP work to set up a system