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

Farmers say safety net programs fail to deliver

MORRIS, Man. — Cam Bartel hopes AgriStability and other safety net programs can be fixed. Then he would feel OK about getting back into farming. “We have had to exit hog production,” said Bartel, who shut his hog feeder barn a few years ago. “AgriStability used to work when we had profitable margins, (but) after […] Read more

Corn grower says feed option provides safety net

Experienced grower advises newcomers to start small to gain experience

Growing grain corn has been a challenge in Manitoba for the last few years, with acreage not booming nearly as much as soybeans. However, farmers at the recent Manitoba Corn Growers Association annual meeting sounded optimistic about continued growth. “In the next year or two I think we definitely have more basis for growth in […] Read more