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Canola growers have lost ground financially and need help this year

Jul 2 2020 — Alex Binkley — An industry-government working group should oversee BRM changes.   Ottawa—Canola farms have taken a financial beating during the last few years and require immediate changes in government support programs to help them survive, says Bernie McClean, Chair of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). Waiting for the planned October meeting of the federal and provincial […]

Two simple changes would make AgriStability far more useful to the agriculture sector

Jun 30 2020 — Alex Binkley — Current programs don’t reflect reality of today’s farms, MNP says.   Ottawa—Two simples changes to AgriStability would go a long way in supporting Canadian farmers through the pandemic and into the future, says the accounting firm MNP. The changes would “ensure AgriStability meets its stated goals of equitability across all sectors and to make the […]

Dissatisfaction with AgriStability is no surprise, Guelph prof says

Jun 26 2020 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—Farmer dissatisfaction with AgriStability during recent years should be no surprise, says Alan Ker, the Ontario Agricultural College Research Chair in Agricultural Risk and Policy. The dissatisfaction can be seen in significant declines in that Business Risk Management (BRM) program, Ker, who is also a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics […]

Government support for agriculture largely inadequate, researcher says

Jun 18 2020 — Alex Binkley — Long term agrifood strategy needed among actions needed.   Ottawa—Government support to date hasn’t alleviated the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on farmers, says a report from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. What’s needed are “additional steps to alleviate the financial burden on primary producers, ensure export markets remain open and […]

Financial aid for food processors doesn’t go far enough

Jun 16 2020 — Alex Binkley — New worker health and safety costs are rising fast.   Ottawa—A $77.5 million federal Emergency Processing Fund will help but falls short of covering the extra costs that food manufacturers face in meeting new federal health protection requirements for their employees, processor groups say. Michael Graydon, CEO of Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), […]

MNP calls for a national farm financial support plan

Jun 10 2020 — Alex Binkley — It proposes 15 detailed steps to make BRM programs effective.   Ottawa—The COVID-19 pandemic will have a catastrophic impact on farmers without a serious overhaul of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, says MNP, a national accounting firm. Stuart Person, MNP’s Senior Vice President, Agriculture, told the Commons agriculture committee farmers “face challenges at a historic […]

Dairy processors renew call for help

Jun 5 2020 — Alex Binkley — Dairy import quotas should be administered by dairy processors.   Ottawa—Dairy product import licenses granted under the CUSMA trade deal should go to milk processors to ensure their financial viability in the face of sweeping changes caused by the pandemic and trade deals, the companies say. In a statement issued in late May, the Dairy […]

Agrifood to be well represented on federal advisory council on post pandemic recovery

Jun 4 2020 — Alex Binkley — Al-Katib headed the ambitious agrifood strategy table in 2018.   Ottawa– Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of AGT Foods of Regina, will the agrifood representative on the Industry Strategy Council (ISC) established by the federal government to help steer the recovery of the Canadian economy post COVID-19. Al-Katib chaired the Agrifood Strategy Table whose 2018 report […]

Learning the pandemic’s lessons for the agrifood system

Jun 3 2020 — Alex Binkley — CAPI and the Arrell Food Institute collaborating on an in-depth look at what happened.   Ottawa—The Canadian agrifood system has come in for a lot of attention during the COVID-19 pandemic and what that means long term will be the focus of a joint examination by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and the Arrell […]