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Outside panel named for farm risk management review

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A panel of 11 “external” experts from across the country has been picked to offer guidance and feedback on a federal/provincial review of farm business risk management (BRM) programming.

The panel’s appointment follows an agreement by federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers back in July to launch a review of BRM programs, assessing those programs’ effectiveness “and their impact on growth and innovation.”

The panel is expected to meet during the winter and spring of 2018, in support of the task team that’s been working on the BRM review since the summer, the federal government said Tuesday in a release.

The review’s early focus is to be on the “ability of the programs to respond to market risk, with a specific focus on AgriStability,” the government said, but the review is also expected to “recognize the importance” of all BRM programs including AgriInsurance and AgriInvest.

The panel’s findings are to be presented to the ag ministers at their next annual meeting in Vancouver in July. That meeting will follow the April 1, 2018 rollout of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Based on the review’s early findings, options are to be brought forward at the ministers’ meeting “to improve timeliness, simplicity and predictability, and that are cost-neutral.”

The five-year Canadian Agricultural Partnership will be the federal/provincial/territorial follow-up to Growing Forward 2, the current agricultural policy funding framework.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, in Tuesday’s release, described the expert panel as a group of “diverse and highly capable people who will bring important perspectives to this process.”

“The work of this expert panel will help guide us in the review of BRM programs, so that we can develop programs for farmers and producers that have the tools they need, when they need them,” British Columbia’s Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said in the same release.

Panel members named Tuesday include:

  • Mark Brock, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario;
  • Chris Simpson, an Alberta accountant and beef producer;
  • Mary Robinson, a Prince Edward Island crop producer and chair of the Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council;
  • Tyler Fulton, a Manitoba cow-calf producer and director of risk management for Prairie hog marketing organization [email protected] Marketing Service;
  • Lane Stockbrugger, a Saskatchewan grain and oilseed producer;
  • Lysa Porth, the Guy Carpenter chair in agricultural risk management at the University of Manitoba;
  • Maurice Doyon, a professor in agricultural economics at Laval University in Quebec City;
  • Jean-Philippe Gervais, chief agricultural economist for Farm Credit Canada;
  • Anita Wickersham, a senior manager in Alberta with KPMG Consultations;
  • Dr. Rebecca Lee, executive director with the Canadian Horticultural Council in Ottawa; and
  • Joe Glauber, a senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.

Along with the BRM review task team and the external panel, “industry members will also be engaged regularly to understand their views on the nature of risks facing the sector and the effectiveness of BRM programs,” the government said Tuesday. — Network

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