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Ontario stretches production insurance deadlines

Three already-passed deadlines bumped to June 1

Ontario farmers who missed their April 1, May 1 and/or May 10 deadlines for production insurance filings now have until June 1 to enroll or make coverage changes. Agricorp, the provincial farm program delivery agency, announced the extension Thursday. The extension gives farmers the “time and flexibility to make business decisions and to assess their

Ontario extends fruit, forage insurance premium deadlines

Extension offers 'flexibility,' Agricorp says

Ontario fruit and forage growers who have production insurance premiums due this month will now have until June 30 to pay, the province said Monday. The extended premium payment deadline applies only to production insurance plans for fruit, strawberries and asparagus — and to the forage rainfall insurance plan, which uses rainfall as an indicator


Ontario extends corn, soy, bean planting deadlines

Waterlogged Ontario farmers still waiting on a window to plant corn, soybeans and coloured and white beans ahead of crop insurance deadlines now have at least a couple of extra days. Agricorp, the province’s production insurance and farm program delivery agency, announced extensions Friday for several of its planting deadlines. Corn growers in areas A,


More than 100 area producers attended the fifth annual Manitoba Young Farmers Conference held in Brandon on February 25.

Young farmers discuss taking the farm to the next generation

Fourth- and fifth-generation farmers discuss the challenges of developing 
a succession plan and taking over the family business

More than 100 young producers gathered here for the Manitoba Young Farmers conference late last month. Succession planning, connecting with consumers and financial risk management were among the topics for the fifth annual conference organized by the Keystone Agricultural Producers young farmers’ committee and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD). “We have had a


Ont. expands rain gauge options for forage insurance

Ontario farmers buying production insurance for forage crops this year can use data from up to three rainfall reporting stations in their coverage. Agricorp, which manages Ontario’s provincial farm programs and production insurance, said Thursday its move will allow forage growers enrolled in the forage rainfall plan to choose stations closer to the spots where

Manitoba to boost insurance coverage on pedigreed soybeans

Increased coverage for pedigreed soybeans is among the changes planned for Manitoba’s provincial crop insurance program for the 2015 growing season. Soybeans are expected to be the largest pedigreed seed crop in Manitoba this year, the province said in a release, and the increased coverage is expected to reflect the “additional cost” of producing the

Ontario eyes expanding production insurance

Ontario’s government plans to give itself more latitude to expand its farm production insurance offerings. The province said Wednesday it’s proposing to amend its Crop Insurance Act and grant itself authority to expand production insurance beyond just crops. That authority already is available to every other provincial government in Canada, the province noted. “Giving more


No need for ad hoc Ontario drought aid, says Ritz

Existing supports should be enough The federal government doesn’t expect to announce any ad hoc aid programs for Ontario farmers suffering from drought, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz told reporters in Saskatoon July 31. “I think we have fullness in our programming that allows us the latitude to address this,” Ritz said. Earlier in the day

Cattle Insurance In The Works

The Manitoba government has set aside $200,000 for a livestock insurance pilot program for the province’s cattle producers. The allocation is hidden in the 2011-12 provincial budget brought down April 12 by Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk. TheCo-operatorlearned about it during briefings by Treasury Board officials in a media lockup prior to Wowchuk’s budget speech in