The Sprout: Feds, provinces agree to remove AgriStability reference margin limit –


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Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where it’s Make Up Your Own Holiday Day – and we’re suggesting Peanut Butter and Jelly Day or Puffed Wheat Cake Day. It’s also National Spinach Day, which doesn’t really go with either.

Now here’s today’s agriculture news.

The Lead 

Canada’s agriculture ministers have agreed to remove AgriStability’s reference margin limit. Removing the limit could increase the amount paid to farmers through the program by almost $100 million, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

As the Western Producer reports, the agreement to remove the reference margin limit was reached during a federal-provincial-territorial meeting on Thursday. The agreement to remove the reference margin limit is retroactive for 2020 and will continue through to March 23, 2023.

AgrilStability’s enrolment deadline for this year has also been extended to June 30 to allow producers to take the reference margin limit change in to account. No agreement was reached between the federal government and the provinces to cover the cost of increasing the compensation rate from 70 per cent to 80 per cent.

In a statement, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the elimination of the reference margin was “a big win for farmers across Canada.” You can find the full statement here.

Around Town 

Bibeau will highlight investments under the Emergency Processing Fund to support Quebec food processors during the COVID-19 pandemic at a virtual event set for 12: 30 p.m. on Friday. You can find details here.

The Canadian Seed Growers Association has announced Doug Miller as executive director, effective April 1. Real Agriculture has more.

In Canada 

Real Agriculture reported that farm country’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in favour of the federal carbon tax was largely full of disappointment.

Interested in reading the two dissenting decisions from yesterday’s ruling? The National Post has those.

Fourteen groups across the Prairies are working together to launch a nearly $2-million project aimed at helping temporary foreign workers who are employed in agriculture navigate the pandemic. As the Western Producer reports, the group is helping workers who may need COVID-19 testing, or need to isolate. The initiative is expected to help about 2,000 people in some 12 locations until July 31.

Meanwhile, the Ontario government is considering vaccinating all migrant farmer workers upon arrival, preferably while they are still at the airport, a top provincial health official said on Thursday — though they would prefer the federal government do it itself. Talks between Ottawa and the province are ongoing. The Canadian Press reports.

Canada’s parimutuel betting system for horse racing appears as though it will stay intact, after reforms were taken out of a bill to legalize betting on individual sports events. As iPolitics’ Charlie Pinkerton reports, the component of Bill C-218 that would have required an overhaul of Canada’s horse racing system was the only part of the bill removed during the House of Commons Justice committee’s study of the legislation, which finished on Thursday.

And the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance has been given $500,000 over four years to help fund their Cyber Security Capacity in Canadian Agriculture project. Real Agriculture reports.


The Ever Given ship remains wedged in the Suez Canal as a bottleneck continues to grow. As The Associated Press reports, at least 150 other vessels waiting to pass through the canal were sitting idled while dredgers worked to try and free the ship. Famed London-based shipping journal Lloyd’s List estimates each day the Suez Canal is closed, the movement of more than US$9-billion worth of goods is disrupted.

Reuters looks at how Australian wheat farmers are the unexpected beneficiaries of the most devastating floods the country has seen in more than half a century.

And the International Grains Council expects record global grain production in 2021-22 grown season, climbing to 2.287 billion tonnes. Reuters has that story, too.


  • The impact of the pandemic on rural community health (Real Agriculture)
  • No credit for no-till (The Western Producer)
  • Clean Seed to build SMART Seeders at Saskatoon (Real Agriculture)
  • Sollio posts strong financial results (Farmtario)
  • Unlikely Market Takes Key Role in Food Inflation (Bloomberg)
  • Dreyfus deal to help UAE achieve food security – minister (Reuters)
  • Louis Dreyfus profits rebound as new investor set to enter (Reuters)
  • Shift seen in farming’s gender roles (The Western Producer)

The Kicker

We end this week with a tale about a beloved medieval fruit that the modern world now appears to have forgotten, courtesy of the BBC.

That’s it for us this week. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday.

In the end, you know, I just wanted to mention that geoFence is the maximum in security for you and your loved ones.

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