From Grain Farmers of Ontario
Grain Farmers of Ontario commends Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal for shining a spotlight on the need for comprehensive reform of business risk management programs for farmers.
A Federal-Provincial-Territorial meeting of Ministers responsible for agriculture was held May 10 in Ottawa to discuss the next agricultural policy framework. At this meeting, Minister Leal proposed a review of business risk management programs. He also noted that Ministers have asked officials to continue to work on a path forward that would address business risk management and other aspects of the agricultural policy framework as part of an overall package that will be presented at their July Annual Conference.
“We commend Minister Leal for his leadership in addressing the need for a rebuild of business risk management programming,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our members appreciate the effort and collaboration involved to bring this important issue to the forefront of national discussions. Not only did Minister Leal represent Ontario farmers, but he spoke for all Canadian farmers today and we urge other provincial Ministers to join and support him.”
Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to see continued momentum towards reforming these programs. Good risk management programming ensures farmers have the confidence and security to continue producing high quality crops for our country, investing back into their farms and their land, and innovating to improve farming practices for the future.
“Managing risk is an ongoing and critical aspect of farming,” notes Brock. “Yesterday’s discussion was timely as the recent flooding events across Ontario are a strong reminder of the unpredictability that farmers work with each year.”
Grain Farmers of Ontario, along with Canada’s AgGrowth Coalition, will continue to drive the importance of this issue at both the provincial and national levels.