Manitoba Beef Producers Encourages Producers to Participate in Forage Insurance Review – March 25 UPDATE

Posted March 6, 2020

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is strongly encouraging beef producers to participate in the Forage Insurance Review currently underway in the province.

“Producers have often raised concerns about gaps or challenges with the current forage insurance offerings that limit their responsiveness and which discourage them from taking out policies,” said MBP President Dianne Riding. “Right now, we have been provided with a very important opportunity by the provincial government to provide feedback on what is or isn’t working, as well as what would be valuable in terms of program changes.”

Producers can fill out the online consultation survey at https://engagemb.ca/forage-insurance-review

To allow more producers to provide their input for the review, the online survey has been extended to March 31 and a paper version is available for those that may not have ability or comfort with completing it online.

If producers cannot access the online survey, they are asked to call 204-239-3275 or email forageinsreview2020@masc.mb.ca to have a copy of the survey mailed or emailed to them. A PDF of the survey can also be downloaded from the MASC website

Alternatively, they can visit a public kiosk available at the following Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development locations to complete it. Contact these offices to schedule an appointment:

  • Vita – 108 Main St. North, 204-425-5050
  • Carberry – junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and PTH 5, north on PTH 5, 204-834-8815
  • Virden – 247 Wellington St. W, 204-748-4770
  • Swan River – 120 Sixth Ave. N, 204-734-3417
  • Roblin – 117 Second Ave. NW, 204-937-6460; and
  • The Pas – 234 Third St. and Ross Avenue, 204-627-8255.

The in-person public consultation meetings that were scheduled between March 18-25 are now cancelled due to the evolving public health situation in Manitoba. Consultations will still occur and will be replaced by an alternative means that reduces close personal contact, such as video conferencing with focus groups. Those plans are under development and will be shared here when available.

“Forage production is subject to a variety of risks, including droughts and floods. It is very important that the business risk management tools can react to a variety of challenging production conditions,” added Riding. “By taking part in this review, we can help shape the suite of forage insurance offerings in Manitoba in a way to make them more responsive for beef and forage producers. All input is valuable.”

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Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba, representing 6,500 producers across the province. MBP’s mission is to represent all beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education—within the industry and to governments, consumers and others, to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future.

 

For more information, please contact:

Carson Callum                                                                    David Hultin

General Manager                                                                Communications Coordinator

Office: 204-772-4542                                                          Office: 204-772-4542 / Cell: 204-558-4502 / dhultin@mbbeef.ca