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Insurer SGI Canada sets up farm unit

The property and casualty arm of Saskatchewan’s Crown insurance agency has set up a new unit zoned strictly agricultural. SGI Canada — the Regina-based property and casualty insurance provider which operates in tandem with the Saskatchewan Auto Fund, the Crown auto insurer — on Wednesday launched a new Farm Business Unit with “a specialized team

Opinion: Facing up to the truth about climate change

If we want consumers to accept the judgment of science, we need to return the favour

Those pants look terrible on you. Perhaps you’ve experienced that awkward moment when you try to stop a friend from committing a fashion faux pas. If so, you may have agonized how to word your concerns to avoid offence, while still getting your message across. It’s a potentially volatile moment that perfectly captures how I



CCGA cash advance applications out early

Among other changes to the program, applications are available earlier this year for spring cash advances through the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). The CCGA on Thursday announced it’s now accepting applications for the 2017-18 advance payments program (APP), which offers cash advances on 45 different crop and livestock commodities. The CCGA is the administrative

KAP calls for CGC surplus to fund producer insurance

With the idea of returning the Canadian Grain Commission’s surplus to producers off the table, KAP members eye possibility of insurance program

After much debate, Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) will investigate the possibility of using the Canadian Grain Commission’s $100-million surplus to establish an insurance program for producers. Members passed a resolution at the organization’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg last week, asking KAP to meet with the commission and examine the possibility of replacing the current


Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation refreshes website

There have also been some staff promotions to fill vacancies created by retirements

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) has given its website a fresh look and promoted some veteran employees to replace retiring colleagues. The agency, which administers crop insurance and provincially backed farm lending in Manitoba, updated its website in mid-December. “We wanted to make it mobile friendly and easier for farmers to find information,” David

MASC had a record number of hail claims and payouts in 2016.

Record hail claims, payouts for MASC in 2016

The big white combine took a heavy toll in Manitoba this year

This was a hail of a year for a lot of Manitoba farmers — in fact, it was a record. The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) received 4,700 hail claims in 2016 and has so far paid out more than $43 million on destroyed or damaged insured crops, David Koroscil, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s acting

On paper whole-farm revenue insurance has a lot going for it: Rick White

The ideal farm safety net program is simple, predictable, non-distorting and effective. Could this be it?

Critics say AgriStability is so complex, its biggest beneficiaries are the nation’s accountants. Most farmers pay a lot of money to accountants to help with their applications and even then they’re none the wiser about possible payments, says Rick White, chief executive officer of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). The CCGA has come up


Livestock Insurance Program goes offline

The Western Livestock Insurance Program makes adjustments to be more user friendly to those without Internet access

Manitoba livestock producers are getting new offline options to sign up for price insurance coverage. Until recently the only way to buy a Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) policy was to go on the Internet, activate an account through an online portal and buy a policy online, paying with a credit card. Now that’s

Advance payment program widened, streamlined

More types of livestock will be eligible and more types of security will be allowed for Canadian farmers to get federally-backed advance payments starting this year. Amendments to the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act (AMPA), made last February as part of the former Conservative government’s omnibus Agricultural Growth Act, have made regulatory changes possible for the