Panel created to advise governments on business risk management review

The federal agriculture minister has named a panel of farmers, academics and industry experts to provide input as the federal and provincial governments review business risk management (BRM) programs for agriculture.

Agriculture ministers from across the country committed to a year-long review of BRM programs in July.

The review will not impact what the BRM programs, including AgriStability, AgriInvest and AgriRecovery, look like when the next ag policy framework — the Canadian Agricultural Partnership — begins on April 1, 2018.

The panel named by Lawrence MacAulay will meet through the winter and spring of 2018. Their work will be presented to the ag ministers at their next annual meeting in BC in summer.

BRM panel members:

  • Mark Brock – Director, Grain Farmers of Ontario and Member of AgGrowth Coalition
  • Chris Simpson – Beef producer and Accountant with MNP
  • Mary Robinson – Crop producer and Chair, Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council
  • Tyler Fulton – Cow-calf producer and Director of Risk Management, Hams Marketing Service
  • Lane Stockbrugger – Grain and oilseed producer
  • Lysa Porth – Professor, University of Manitoba and Guy Carpenter Chair in Agricultural Risk Management
  • Maurice Doyon – Professor, Laval University
  • Jean-Philippe Gervais – Vice President and Chief Agricultural Economist, Farm Credit Canada (FCC)
  • Anita Wickersham – Senior Manager, KPMG Consultations
  • Dr. Rebecca Lee – Executive Director, Canadian Horticulture Council
  • Joe Glauber – Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, former Chief Economist for the USDA

“This expert panel is a group of diverse and highly capable people who will bring important perspectives to this process. I look forward to seeing the results of their discussions as governments work to ensure these programs continue to help farmers when they need it most, enabling them to create well-paying middle class jobs and keep pace with the world’s growing demand for our high-quality products,” said MacAulay.

Related: Ag ministers reach deal on new framework dubbed the “Canadian Agricultural Partnership”


Kelvin Heppner

Kelvin Heppner is a field editor for Real Agriculture based near Altona, Manitoba. Prior to joining Real Ag he spent more than 10 years working in radio. He farms with his father near Rosenfeld, MB and is on Twitter at @realag_kelvin


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