Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Manitoba worries about Bibeau’s proposals

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Blaine Pederson says there are hidden costs to farmers in the proposals federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau outlined for AgriStability.

She said the federal government will use the changes to increase help for farmers by 50 per cent. It has been welcomed by farm groups such as Beef Farmers of Ontario and Grain Farmers of Ontario.

But Pederson said it could undermine crop insurance and farmers might end up with less coverage over the long term.

Bibeau’s plan is, at this stage, still a proposal and requires approval from the provinces and territories which pay 40 per cent of the costs for a suite of business risk management programs.

Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman has welcomed Bibeau’s proposals as a good start for negotiations.