the AgriStability program requires immediate improvements to protect farm incomes against recurring economic losses caused by rising operating costs, lower net returns and unexpected market disruptions that affect the sale of key products, witnesses said.
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Groups urge AgriStability reform

Business risk management programs available to farmers need to be reworked and improved, according to witnesses providing testimony to the House of Commons agriculture committee. In particular, the AgriStability program requires immediate improvements to protect farm incomes against recurring economic losses caused by rising operating costs, lower net returns and unexpected market disruptions that affect […] Read more

The panel will advise the team of federal and provincial officials who are reviewing BRM programs to determine their effectiveness. | Screencap via www.agr.gc.ca

BRM review advisory panel members appointed

The members of the external panel for Canada’s business risk management program review were announced today. The 11 experts are: Mark Brock, Grain Farmers of Ontario director and AgGrowth Coalition member Chris Simpson, Alberta beef producer and MNP accountant Mary Robinson, Prince Edward Island crop farmer and chair of the Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council […] Read more

Farmers across the country have complained that existing risk management programs are ineffective and complicated. Participation in AgriStability has dropped significantly, and there is no coverage for regional disasters. | File photo

Ag ministers must decide on program review at meeting

Several Canadian farm organizations say they expect agriculture ministers will approve a review of business risk management programs at their annual meeting this week in St. John’s. Federal, provincial and territorial ministers are meeting July 20-21. Canada’s AgGrowth Coalition said a comprehensive policy review could be done over the next year, followed by another year […] Read more


A risk management specialist is using his experience in the feedlot business to provide clients with a better understanding of cost of production, margins and commodity trading.  |  File photo

Cattle risk management is a numbers game

Controlling losses | With small margins in the feedlot business, operators must closely monitor their operations

Knowing what he knows now, Greg Appleyard would have found someone to help with risk management 10 years ago. The former owner of Cattleland Feedyard at Strathmore, Alta., had to learn the hard way as he spent 20 years plotting a course through the vagaries of the beef and grain markets. “Eight years ago, if […] Read more