Ontario makes move on AgriStability funding

Ontario’s new agriculture minister, Lisa Thompson, has announced that province will increase the compensation rate for its share of AgriStability from 70 to 80 percent and said others should do the same. “Ontario farmers can’t wait any longer for improvements to the AgriStability program, so the Ontario government is taking action and also calling on […] Read more

At a farm just north of Regina, agriculture critic Trent Wother-spoon and leader Ryan Meili said the recent threat of drought should have been enough for the Saskatchewan Party government to change its mind and agree to pay for the change. | Screencap via globalnews.ca

Sask. pressured on AgriStability

The Saskatchewan NDP last week continued its call for the provincial government to sign on to increasing the AgriStability compensation rate. At a farm just north of Regina, agriculture critic Trent Wotherspoon and leader Ryan Meili said the recent threat of drought should have been enough for the Saskatchewan Party government to change its mind […] Read more

Alberta’s Rachel Notley, Ryan Meili in Saskatchewan and Wab Kinew in Manitoba said the economic recovery from COVID and the prosperity of the Prairies depends on farmers. | Twitter/@RachelNotley photo

NDP leaders call for AgriStability funding

The three provincial parties join forces to demand their provinces’ governments agree to increase the compensation rate

Prairie NDP opposition leaders last week called on their provincial governments to fund the proposed increase to compensation under AgriStability. Alberta’s Rachel Notley, Ryan Meili in Saskatchewan and Wab Kinew in Manitoba said the economic recovery from COVID and the prosperity of the Prairies depends on farmers. “That’s why we’re joining here today to call […] Read more


Yes, the AgriStability saga between prairie provinces and the federal government continues, despite the two sides agreeing on a major reform. 
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Feds came to AgriStability talks with cash; Prairies did not

Provinces expressing disappointment with the federal government for not putting its share of AgriStability funding on the table are being disingenuous and failing to take their share of responsibility for reform talks that flopped largely due to their tight pockets. Yes, the AgriStability saga between prairie provinces and the federal government continues, despite the two […] Read more

Prairies help break AgriStability logjam

Three provinces agree to remove reference margin limit but refuse to budge on changing compensation rate

UPDATED – April 1, 2021 – 1545 CST – This story has been updated from the printed version in our April 1 edition to correct some inaccuracies. Canadian farmers will have access to only some of the proposed $170 million in new AgriStability money after agriculture ministers reached a partial deal last week. The ministers […] Read more


According to documents from the working group, the model insures an entire farming enterprise for a margin decline from revenue fluctuations, expense changes, or a combination of the two. | File photo

Whole Farm Income Insurance program gains traction

Support for an alternative program to AgriStability continues to gain momentum. Canadian agricultural ministers are continuing to consider replacing AgriStability with a margin-based income protection program as soon as 2023. Complaints of AgriStability being costly and ineffective, particularly on the Prairies, prompted governments in those jurisdictions to explore other options. Talks to reform AgriStability, thus […] Read more

During a federal-provincial-territorial meeting March 25, they agreed to remove the reference margin limit from the program, retroactively for 2020 and continuing through to March 31, 2023. | File photo

Reference margin limit removed from AgriStability

The provinces and Ottawa have finally agreed to partial changes to AgriStability. During a federal-provincial-territorial meeting March 25, they agreed to remove the reference margin limit from the program, retroactively for 2020 and continuing through to March 31, 2023. However, none of the prairie provinces was willing to also pay the cost of increasing the […] Read more

“We need to have tools that help us better manage the risks of weather, trade and production,” said Bob Lowe, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. | File photo

AgriStability showdown continues

Pressure is mounting on the Prairie governments to ante up their share of AgriStability program enhancements. Farm organizations lined up behind federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Jim Carr, minister responsible for the Prairies, after they publicly pleaded last week with the three provinces to say whether they would agree to removing the reference margin […] Read more


AgriStability had many predecessor programs and while the acronyms were different, the programs all worked in much the same way. If there’s some new and better approach, let’s see it. | File photo

Farm groups line up behind the feds in AgriStability

The three prairie provincial governments each enjoy a great deal of farmer support. The same cannot be said for the federal Liberal government. And yet, the situation is completely reversed when you consider the ongoing stalemate over AgriStability enhancements. Farm groups far and wide are calling on the provinces to accept the federal offer on […] Read more

During her address to the meeting, Bibeau thanked CFA for its advocacy and took a jab at the opposition.
 “We need two of the three (prairie) provinces to join and to join soon,” she said. “It would be nice to see all federal parties advocate for provinces to make these changes as well.”
 | Screencap via Twitter/@CFAFCA

Frustration builds over AgriStability

Farmers in other provinces appear frustrated that the Prairies have yet to decide whether they will fund AgriStability changes. Farmers from Quebec and Ontario last week urged Ottawa to go ahead with their proposed changes in those provinces that had accepted the added cost of removing reference margin limits and increasing coverage from 70 percent […] Read more