Sask. farmers hope for improvements to farm support programs

Saskatchewan farm groups are calling for major improvements to farm support plans.

Federal and provincial agriculture ministers meet next month in Guelph with Ottawa promising several options to improve business risk programs.

Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says she has several proposals to bring to the table with her provincial counterparts but would not elaborate.

APAS president Todd Lewis says agristability needs to see better coverage.

He says its confusing and the participation rate is less than 50 percent among Saskatchewan farmers because it is not effective.

In June, several farm groups called for coverage levels for agristability to be raised to 85 percent from the current 70 percent level of net margins.

The expected cost to government would be 300-million-dollars a year.


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