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WLPIP calf price insurance deadline extended

Three-week extension includes nine purchasing days

Cattle producers in the western provinces will get extra decision-making time this year on the calf price insurance available through Western Livestock Price Insurance (WLPIP). The Prairies’ Crown ag insurance corporations announced Thursday that the deadline to buy WLPIP calf price insurance for 2020 has been extended to June 18. The new deadline, reset from

Manitoba extends forage insurance survey deadline

Review's face-to-face public meetings cancelled

Manitoba’s provincial review of its relatively under-subscribed crop insurance offerings for forage growers has extended its deadline for grower comment. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC) last week announced it has cancelled all in-person public meetings on its forage insurance review, citing the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. But the agency has extended the deadline to take part


Manitoba reviewing underused forage insurance plans

About 18 per cent of forage acres insured

The Manitoba government is taking a look at its Crown crop insurance agency’s relatively under-subscribed offerings to forage growers. The provincial ag department said Tuesday it has launched a review “to better understand the purchasing decisions of Manitoba producers when it comes to forage insurance products” available via Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC). Over 1,200

MASC has announced its new offerings for 2020, including a contract price option for canola and peas, wildlife damage coverage for grazed forages and a new crop covered under organic insurance.

What’s new in crop insurance for 2020?

MASC offerings this year will include better price options for high-value crops and expanded programming for novel crops, organics, feed crops and strawberries

MASC has come out with its list of program changes for 2020, and some sectors may have reason to celebrate. The list of changes, presented at Ag Days by Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen, includes a higher price option for high-value crops, expanded portfolios for organic and novel crop insurance and more

Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen outlined what’s new in Manitoba for crop insurance during a presentation Jan. 21 at Ag Days in Brandon.

Crop insurance: What’s new in 2020?

The organic sector, farmers with extended grazing and high-value crop growers can all expect more insurance options this year

Crop insurance coverage is poised for another increase in 2020, according to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC). AgriInsurance coverage will hit $3 billion this year, with similar premiums to 2019. Why it matters: Better production knowledge has yields, and coverage, trending up, while the organic sector and producers with extended grazing will get more safety


Hay disaster benefit kicks in for Manitoba growers

Eligible Manitoba forage growers can expect to share in a $5 million hay disaster benefit (HDB) for the 2019 crop year. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC), the provincial crop insurance agency, announced Friday that the HDB has been activated and benefit payments to eligible forage producers on about 1,500 claims will begin “shortly.” The HDB,


The young farmer rebate program is part of MASC’s Bridging Generations Initiative.

MASC increases young farmer rebate

Series of programs aimed at new entrants to farming begin today

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) will increase the maximum eligible for the Young Farmer Rebate program to $200,000 from $150,000, effective April 1. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced the change on March 25 in Brandon. “Increasing the young farmer rebate supports our focus on young producers by reducing the cost of borrowing while they


The former chair of the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is questioning how money held for crop and hail insurances purposes is being handled.

MASC trusts — protecting farmers’ money or better bookkeeping?

The Manitoba government says both, but a former MASC board chair isn’t so sure

Frieda Krpan was puzzled when the Manitoba government announced it transferred the crop insurance and crop hail insurance reserve funds totalling $265 million to two trust accounts to ensure the money couldn’t be used for anything other than crop insurance. “What brought this on? In all the years that I was there, there has never

Province announces locked-in funds with MASC trusts

The province says the new trusts will keep funds cycling back to the farm

AgriInsurance and hail insurance funds will be handled a little differently in the future, and the provincial government says that will keep those funds going back to farmers. The province announced two new trusts Sept. 21 to feed into the two insurance streams. The trust for AgriInsurance will include provincial, federal and paid-in funds from