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Manitoba Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen speaks at Ag Days in Brandon on Jan. 21, 2020. (Manitoba Co-operator file photo by Alexis Stockford)

AgriStability proposal could have hidden cost, Pedersen warns

Manitoba's ag minister warns Bibeau's plan may hurt crop insurance, AgriInvest funding

Ottawa’s proposal for an improved AgriStability program could give farmers short-term gain for long-term pain, Manitoba’s agriculture minister Blaine Pedersen warns. At the online federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting on Friday, federal Agriculture Minister Marie Claude Bibeau proposed dropping AgriStability’s maximum reference margin, and increasing the compensation rate from 70 to 80 per cent retroactively this

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Opinion: Plenty of work for new-look Agriculture Committee

This body is generally fair minded and pragmatic, an anomaly for Ottawa

Members of Parliament sitting on the committee studying agricultural and agri-food issues will have no shortage of topics to explore. The first meeting of the current parliamentary session was held on Oct. 8, the latest since July. It was then MPs were concluding the work they had done studying business risk management (BRM) programs. Between

File photo of Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau speaking in Winnipeg in February 2020. (Dave Bedard photo)

Bibeau not considering closing AgriInvest accounts

Minister wouldn't order farmers to pull funds

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is not considering ordering producers to withdraw from their AgriInvest accounts. “Not in this way. All the options are on the table for the future, but I’ve never considered asking them to withdraw, to empty their accounts, to face COVID-19,” she said in an interview Friday. Bibeau had previously expressed

Industry ‘disappointed’ in Bibeau’s AgriInvest comments

Ottawa wants producers to use the money in their AgriInvest accounts, but farm groups say thoseindividual accounts often don’t amount to much

Industry groups are firing back after federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said she was disappointed to see more than $2 billion still sitting in AgriInvest accounts. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a back and forth has gone on between Ottawa and producers over money being held in those accounts. Ottawa and the ag sector

‘There’s no doubt that some of the programs are a bit confusing and I think there could be a marketing push to show there are programs out there for young farmers.” – Paul Glenn, Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum.

Young Farmers call for BRM education

Programs are confusing and poorly understood, especially among younger producers

Glacier FarmMedia – Members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food heard testimony from young farmers during a recent virtual meeting. Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum past chair Paul Glenn told members there is “nothing more important” than business risk management (BRM) programs to those starting out in the industry, but the outlook to bring such people into agriculture

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No timeline yet set for BRM reforms

Changes put on hold along with ministers' meeting

Ottawa — Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has confirmed any reforms to business risk management (BRM) programs are being delayed. That confirmation came during a wide-ranging media availability Bibeau held Tuesday. In March, Tom Rosser, an assistant deputy minister at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), said the government is looking at a number of options

Farm groups offer finance committee food security for thought

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) continues to pressure the federal government to offer more support for farmers as it looks to mitigate impacts of COVID-19. One of few parliamentary functions continuing to operate in the pandemic, the Commons standing committee on finance is responsible for studying and reporting on matters related to government spending.

CFA president Mary Robinson at the organization’s AGM in Ottawa in February 2020. (

CFA seeks immediate cash for farmers

Farm and industry leaders say more needed beyond measures already announced

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture wants the federal government to provide immediate stimulus to farmers through business risk management (BRM) programs as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19. At a recent board meeting, the organization representing about 200,000 farmers across Canada passed motions calling for increased funding to the AgriInvest BRM program — and

Applications open April 1 for new Business Risk Management programs

It’s now AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance

Farmers can start applying for coverage under the six Business Risk Management programs available when the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) officially launches April 1. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the long-awaited announcement during Canada Agriculture Day celebrations in Ottawa Feb. 16. Some modifications have been made to AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, AgriRecovery and AgriRisk. In addition,

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Outside panel named for farm risk management review

A panel of 11 “external” experts from across the country has been picked to offer guidance and feedback on a federal/provincial review of farm business risk management (BRM) programming. The panel’s appointment follows an agreement by federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers back in July to launch a review of BRM programs, assessing those programs’