Canadian Pork Producers Disappointed by Decision on AgriStability


Source: Canadian Pork Council

via FarmJournal's Pork - Mar 26, 2021


Canadian pork producers are disappointed by the outcome of Thursday's meeting between the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture. On news that the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture reached an agreement to remove the reference margin limit, the Canadian Pork Council, representing over 7,000 pork producers from coast to coast, acknowledge the Ministers’ efforts to meet and discuss AgriStability, but are extremely disappointed that Federal and Provincial Agriculture ministers could not reach consensus on Minister Bibeau’s proposal to improve payment rates.


“We know AgriStability negotiations are not easy, but removing the reference margin limit does very little for pork producers,” said Rick Bergmann, chair of the Canadian Pork Council. “We expected that, in these difficult times, the prairie provincial ministers would have considered the challenges faced by pork producers.”


Over the last 12 months, pork producers in every province have faced extreme price fluctuations, border closures and processing plants shutdowns. Fortunately, some producers weathered the storm, but others must now struggle with a program that could have worked better if Minister agreed to changes...