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Farmers buoyed by new Ontario ‘risk’ plan


March 30, 2011
By Dave Harrison

March 30, 2011, Guelph, Ont. – The establishment of a risk management
program (RMP) was the single most important action the provincial
government could have taken in yesterday’s budget, say farmers
representing the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC).

March 30, 2011, Guelph, Ont. – The establishment of a risk management program (RMP) was the single most important action the provincial government could have taken in yesterday’s budget, say farmers representing the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC).

The new program will help ensure the economic success of Ontario’s non-supply managed commodities, which include beef, pork, veal, lamb, fruits, vegetables and grains and oilseeds.
 
OASC leaders praised the provincial government for delivering this much-needed tool to Ontario farmers, but also renewed their call for the federal government to join in the program.
 
“The Premier, Minister of Agriculture, and Finance Minister have earned our thanks as the establishment of RMP will be a critical tool to give our farmers the predictability, stability and bankability they need to move their businesses forward,” says Bette Jean Crews, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
 
“The provincial government demonstrated its commitment to Ontario’s farmers,” adds Henry Stevens, president of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. “RMP was by far the best solution that offered farmers the support they have been requesting and the most hope for their future.”
 
OASC members will press all federal candidates to follow the province’s lead and provide their share of financial support for the RMP so that farmers would receive the benefits of a fully funded program. A pilot risk management program has been funded for the last four years by the provincial government for Ontario’s grains and oilseeds sector.
 
“This announcement is a game-changer for Ontario farmers who today have good reason to be optimistic about their future,” says Mark Wales, chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Safety Nets Committee.
 
The Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition was formed to help secure sustainable, bankable and predictable risk management programming for non-supply managed farmers in Ontario. Coalition members include the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, Ontario Veal, Ontario Grains & Oilseeds, Ontario Pork and Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, together with the Christian Farmers’ Federation of Ontario and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
 

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