GFM Network News


Federal ag supports ‘too little, too late’ for mushroom growers

Timing of programs for TFWs, surplus food purchases leaves aid out of reach: CMGA

Ottawa — Members of Parliament sitting on the committee dealing with agricultural issues continue to hear concerns over the federal government’s response to COVID-19. During the Commons standing committee on agriculture and agri-food’s online meeting Wednesday, representatives of the Canadian Mushrooms Growers’ Association raised “grave concerns” over the support CMGA members have received. CEO Ryan […] Read more

Saskatchewan to adjust WLPIP premiums for producers

Province also opts in to fund AgriRecovery set-aside plan

The Saskatchewan government plans to temporarily subsidize livestock producers entering the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) against its recent jump in program premium costs. The province on Thursday announced it will provide $5 million to “partially offset” WLPIP premiums, which it noted have risen “significantly” since the end of February this year on COVID-19-induced […] Read more


Cattle producers press for lower price insurance premiums

WLPIP is needed, but unused because premiums too expensive, CCA says

The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program is not functioning properly due to very high premiums and needs to be quickly revamped, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We’re having unprecedented volatility for markets. Having tools in place for farmers and ranchers has never been more important,” executive vice-president Dennis Laycraft said during a telephone town hall […] Read more

Consider ways to protect against price drops of crops, says analyst

The Spring Price Endorsement offers protection but now has a deductible

There are some changes to the Spring Price Endorsement this year. The Spring Price Endorsement (SPE) is a supplementary election to production insurance at the 60 to 80 per cent coverage level. It provides some protection against a price drop for an insured crop. A spring price is set for each crop during the winter, […] Read more


Retained ownership of your calves is one way to capture more money if you can feed them efficiently.

Three tools to reduce livestock price risk

Insurance, hedging, and retained ownership can be intimidating to use, but the basic concepts are simple

Navigating through different components of marketing can make one feel as though they are speaking a foreign language. Ryan Copithorne of Cows In Control marketing group talks about the pros and cons of common marketing tools. WLPIP (Western Livestock Price Insurance Program) “Price insurance is a good program,” said Copithorne because it allows you to […] Read more