Canada's AgGrowth Coalition Expects Provincial Ministers to Support BRM Review

GUELPH, ON (July 14, 2017) – Canada's AgGrowth Coalition expects federal and provincial agricultural ministers across Canada to support the request for a comprehensive review of the Business Risk Management suite of programs for agriculture at the upcoming Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) meeting.

"We are anticipating the announcement of this review during the FPT meeting on July 20th and 21st," says Rob Scott, a representative of the National Sheep Network, and member of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's board of directors.

"We expect this review to be meaningful, with agriculture industry stakeholders engaged as full partners to help modernize BRM programs for the 21st century farmer, and help position farmers to capitalize on the immense opportunities facing Canadian agriculture."

As a partner in the process, the Coalition looks forward to collaboration between government and the agricultural sector to develop and execute a comprehensive review of business risk management programming and to set appropriate policy outcomes and targets to maximize opportunities in the sector. This will include a policy examination that defines the objectives and principles for business risk management programming, analyzes existing and alternative policies and programs, evaluates those options, and makes recommendations on reform for implementation and ongoing adaptation. Given the opportunities facing the sector and the ambitious targets set for growth in the sector, this review must be approached with urgency and a clear mandate to act immediately upon subsequent recommendations. The Coalition believes that a review reporting back to Ministers in July 2018, followed by an additional year for program design and implementation, would enable a robust discussion while ensuring the sector is best-positioned to meet the growth targets that have been set out.

Canadian farmers require risk management programs for more than just disaster relief; effective risk management provides an important contribution foundation, providing farmers with the confidence to invest in the agricultural sector, increasing productivity and mitigating against future risks.

"Through this review, we commit to determining how to best leverage the value of public and farmer investments through these programs to improve the utility of the programs, and ultimately deliver the economic, social and environmental benefits demanded of primary agriculture in Canada," says Jeff Nielsen, President, Grain Growers of Canada. "The objective of this reform is not to obtain new money for business risk management, but rather to better utilize the existing funds to grow our agriculture sector."

AGgrowth Coalition

The AGgrowth Coalition is comprised of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Grain Growers of Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario, the National Sheep Network, and the Canadian Horticultural Council. The coalition is working towards comprehensive reform of business risk management programming for Canadian farmers.

Media Contacts:

Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Janice Hall
Director of Communications
Phone: 613-236-3633 ext. 2322

Grain Growers of Canada
Fiona Cook
Executive Director
Phone: 613-233-9954 ext. 201

Canadian Canola Growers Association
Catherine Scovil
Director, Government Relations
Phone: 613-232-0223

Grain Farmers of Ontario
Meghan Burke
Phone: 519-767-2773

Canadian Horticultural Council
Mark Wales
Chair of Business Risk Management Committee
Phone: 519-773-6706

Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
Jennifer MacTavish
General Manager
Phone: 519-836-0043