Saskatchewan has formally requested that Minister Bibeau convene another Federal-Provincial-Territorial call to further discuss Ottawa's AgriStability proposal. 

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Ontario's Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman are calling on their counterparts to support the government's proposed changes.

Bibeau says they've been discussing improvements for the two years she's been minister and its time to get it done.

"Last year, obviously because of COVID we've met twenty-one times, if it's not twenty-two. I think we were able to put on the table a very significant offer to improve AgriStability. Removing the reference margin limit and  increasing the compensation rate from 70 to 80 per cent.  I'm really eager to progress and make it happen because I know our farmers need it desperately."

The Prairie Province's have yet to sign on to the Federal Government's AgriStability proposal. 

Saskatchewan continues to consider the federal government’s proposal.

In a statement the province says the cost of the proposed enhancements, under the funding model put forward by the federal government, is considerable in Saskatchewan given the scope of our industry. We also understand the issues producers are facing. This is an important discussion, and we need to ensure we give it appropriate consideration.

Agriculture David Marit has been concerned over the increased cost to the province, given Saskatchewan's land base and population.

He would like to see Ottawa pick up more of the cost,  moving from 60/40 to 90/10.

Meantime, Ontario's Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman says producers in Ontario want to make sure that we all work together to get that money into our economies and helping our producers forward.

"If we can't come to an agreement then obviously we will carry on to have to redesign the program going forward but then that help will not be available to our producers this year. 

Bibeau notes there's federal money on the table to be distributed to farmers.

 

 

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