Top Crop Manager

Manitoba task force to improve agricultural risk management programs

Jan. 21, 2015 - The Manitoba government is establishing a new task force to evaluate existing programs and policies used to help farmers recover from climate-related challenges such as flooding, with the goal of identifying more comprehensive and sustainable programs.

The Agriculture Risk Management Review Task Force will be chaired by Arborg-area farmer Bill Uruski and include five additional members to represent the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, a financial institution, farmers and others with expertise in this area.

Its work will include:
- Holding a series of public consultations to receive input from Manitoba farmers, organizations and other stakeholders;
- Evaluating the effectiveness of current risk management tools, including production insurance, to help manage and recover from climate-related challenges;
- Identifying gaps in existing policies and programs;
- Recommending new options to improve farmers' ability to manage climate-related risks; and
- Identifying ways to shift government support from ad hoc assistance to planned and predictable programs.

Public consultations are expected to begin this spring, and a final report with recommendations to government will be submitted by the end of the year.

Information about the task force's public consultations will be available at and at local MAFRD GO Offices once dates and locations are finalized.



January 21, 2015  By Top Crop Manager


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