Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ontario to catch up on crop insurance

Ontario will introduce legislation to enable it to extend crop insurance to additional crops.

It’s the only province without the ability to extend the federal-provincial program beyond the basic 90 commercial crops.

Grains are by far the most important crops covered by the insurance program; in Ontario, that’s corn, soybeans and wheat.

“Expanding the number of products eligible for production insurance and strengthening the agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario,” says a news release from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The news release makes no mention of Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal or  Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Maybe they're hiding because they don't want to field questions about lack of progress on federal-provincial promises to offer livestock and poultry insurance.