Increased funding for business risk management programs is the main driver of a $23.1 million increase for agriculture in Saskatchewan’s proposed budget. Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Donna Harpauer tabled the province’s 2021-22 budget on Tuesday, featuring a deficit of $2.6 billion and a plan to return to balanced books in 2026-27. The budget includes… Read More

The most recent meeting of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) ag leaders came to a conclusion Thursday without a consensus on Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Marie-Claude Bibeau’s proposed AgriStability changes. Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says that the conclusion of the FPT meetings was a good deal for farmers, but the… Read More

After what feels like a never-ending game of extra innings baseball, the standoff between the Prairie provinces and the federal government over changes to AgriStability needs to end. All stakeholders are exhausted from the timeline-stretching, blown deadlines, fake outrage, and pure avoidance to find a solution to a rather simple issue. At different times it… Read More

The federal minister of agriculture says it’s been over 100 days since proposed funding and changes to AgriStability were announced, but she has not received a clear indication from any of the three Prairie Provinces on whether or not they will sign on. In a press conference Wednesday morning, Agriculture and Agri-Food minister Marie-Claude Bibeau… Read More

One of the silver linings of COVID-19 is that it has shone a spotlight on Canadian farms and food production, says the federal agriculture minister. Marie-Claude Bibeau joined Shaun Haney for Canada’s Agriculture Day to highlight the event and discuss several key agriculture policy files. Bibeau also delivered the opening remarks at Agriculture More Than… Read More

Farmers in Alberta will see a significant reduction in their crop insurance premiums for the 2021 growing season. Announced January 25 by the Alberta government and the Agricultural Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), a 20 per cent reduction will save farmers more than $55 million on their crop insurance premiums this year. Minister of Alberta Agriculture… Read More

Provincial agriculture ministers have been given a deadline of the end of January to indicate whether they want to pursue the federal government’s proposal to enhance the AgriStability business risk management program, according to high-level sources familiar with the file. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau offered to drop the reference margin limit and increase the compensation… Read More

The virtual Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) agriculture ministers meeting recently concluded with a press conference featuring Ontario agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Marie Claude Bibeau. Hardeman made the collective provincial position clear that all ministers would go back home and review the “last minute” federal proposal. RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney chatted with Minister… Read More

The federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) meeting concluded last week with a press conference hosted by Ontario’s Ag Minister, Ernie Hardeman, and the federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie Claude Bibeau. At the meeting, Bibeau presented the federal government’s offer to fund changes to AgriStability — but, according to the provinces, it was the first time they’d… Read More

Manitoba’s agriculture minister isn’t saying whether his province will or will not sign on to the federal government’s proposed changes to AgriStability, but he has plenty of concerns about the proposal put forward by his federal counterpart last week. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau proposed dropping the reference margin limit and increasing the compensation rate… Read More

Despite pressure from national farm groups and a willingness from the federal government to increase its contribution, agriculture ministers from across the country were once again unable to reach a deal on improvements to business risk management programs before the conclusion of their annual meeting on Friday. Improvements to AgriStability were the focus for the… Read More

Agriculture ministers from across Canada are still working on reaching a consensus on possible changes to the AgriStability program leading up to the conclusion of the annual federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) ministers meeting on Friday. Ministers met virtually to kick off the annual FPT meeting last Friday, where they discussed a wide range of topics, with a… Read More