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

Earlier this year, Bibeau proposed dropping AgriStability’s maximum reference margin and increasing the compensation rate from 70 to 80 percent retroactively this year and for calendar 2021 and 2022.
 That would mean the program offers producers a better chance of receiving support and more money when they do; but it would come at an added cost to provincial and federal governments, who jointly pay for it. 
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Farm groups put pressure on provinces over AgriStability

Producers turn up the heat as they demand that provincial governments accept Ottawa’s business risk management proposal

Leaders of several Canadian producer groups called on provincial governments to accept Ottawa’s proposal to improve business risk management programs. During an end-of-year virtual meeting, Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Mary Robinson said federal Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau’s proposal to fix AgriStability, a leading irritant of the BRMs, “represents a fundamental shift in the […] Read more

After the meetings ended this afternoon, federal agriculture minister Mari-Claude Bibeau said Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the BRM programs at a 60-40 split between her government and the provinces. | Screencap via Twitter/@AAFC_Canada

Provinces ponder feds’ BRM counter proposal

No consensus on changes to business risk management programs was reached during the latest round of federal-provincial-territorial agriculture minister meetings. After the meetings ended this afternoon, federal agriculture minister Mari-Claude Bibeau said Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the programs at a 60-40 split between her government and the provinces. Bibeau’s […] Read more


Federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture will meet Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 to discuss improving business risk management programs. | Agriculture Canada photo

AgriStability talks could dominate meetings

Ag ministers will likely focus on removing reference margin limit, but different cost share arrangement may be needed

Prairie agriculture ministers may be under pressure to pay up as they head into the first of two federal-provincial-territorial virtual meetings this week. The agenda for the annual meetings on Nov. 20 and 27, delayed from July due to COVID-19, hasn’t been released but will include discussion on the perennial problem of AgriStability and how […] Read more

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