Standing policy: Safety Nets
The OFVGA believes that the industry must have Safety Net programs in place to assist producers in the event of production catastrophes (weather related) and market pressures (unfair trading practices). For this reason, the association is a strong proponent for crop insurance programs. It also supports the alternative option of Self-Directed Risk Management for the industry.
AgriRecovery Response (2017-11)
AGRIRECOVERY RESPONSE (2017-11)
WHEREAS the AgriRecovery application process is difficult to initiate and contains numerous unnecessary delays; and
WHEREAS an emergency or disaster situation by its very nature demands a rapid response; and
WHEREAS AgriRecovery does not adequately bridge the cavernous gap between structured business risk management programs and losses incurred due to a disaster situation;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA & CHC work with the federal and provincial governments to increase the effectiveness of AgriRecovery by reducing the time spent between initial request and final approval, as well as minimizing the compensation gap between AgriRecovery and other BRM programs so that farmers can effectively recover from disaster situations.
Diversified Farms (2017-10)
DIVERSIFIED FARMS (2017-10)
WHEREAS far more farms are diversified in 2016 than they were when the original program was being designed almost 20 years ago; and
WHEREAS these diversified farms, by their very nature, experience more muted fluctuations in their reference margins than farms with a single commodity; and
WHEREAS the impact of a bad year for one commodity is no less painful to a diversified farm's overall revenue than it is to a single-commodity farm; and
WHEREAS the net farm income, including BRM payments, for a single-commodity farm will be higher when averaged over a longer period than it would be for a diversified farm that does not receive BRM compensation; and
WHEREAS this results in a moral hazard where government policies are encouraging farms to limit their diversification efforts legally and/or operationally;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA & CHC lobby the federal and provincial governments to address the issue of inequitable risk management coverage between diversified and non-diversified farms by reducing the amount a farm's reference margin must fall before triggering a payment. This reduction would reflect the income distribution of the farm's reference margin and the subsequent reduction in farm income fluctuations for farms with multiple marketable commodities and level the playing field for all types of farming operations across Canada.
Financial support for fruit and vegetable growers (01-24)
WHEREAS the Ontario fruit and vegetable industry is in dire financial straits, and
WHEREAS most other fruit and vegetable growing regions both in Canada and the USA have benefited through government support programs, and
WHEREAS the AIDA and the Whole Farm Relief programs do not meet the needs of the fruit and vegetable industry.
THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA lobby the provincial government for direct financial support for fresh fruit and vegetable growers.
Infrastructure grants for agriculture (LR2009-14)
WHEREAS the Canadian economy is in a state of crisis; and,
WHEREAS the Ontario and Canadian governments are considering ways and means to stimulate the economy through infrastructure grants; and,
WHEREAS agricultural producers are in need of resources with which to make necessary improvements in their infrastructure in order to become and/or remain competitive and continue to be significant employers of farm labour and contributors to the economy.
THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA and CHC immediately request that both the Ontario and Canadian governments include agriculture as a recipient of infrastructure grants as a means of stimulating the economy.
Next Agricultural Policy Framework (2017-03)
NEXT AGRICULTURAL POLICY FRAMEWORK (2017-13)
WHEREAS there is significant variation in average farm size between agricultural sectors and regions across Canada; and
WHEREAS significant positive social contributions toward environmental responsibility, carbon sequestration, and economic development can be made by larger agricultural farms; and
WHEREAS many non-BRM funds are often left unspent due, in part, to flat allocations based on arbitrary applicant funding caps or ceilings;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA & CHC lobby the federal and provincial governments recognize the significant variation in agricultural production across the province and Canada and subsequently design BRM and non-BRM programs to reflect the needs of the average-sized farm in each agricultural commodity or sector; and
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA & CHC lobby the federal and provincial governments to allow "stacking" of program benefits in special circumstances when multiple applicants intend to undertake a unique community or sector-wide project that is of significant environmental, economic, and/or social benefit
OFVGA Safety Nets Policy (08-19)
OFVGA SAFETY NETS POLICY (08-19)
WHEREAS, Safety Nets are intended to off set the risk for all producers, and
WHEREAS, caps impede the ability of large growers to offset these risks,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the OFVGA standing policy be changed to oppose caps in Safety Nets programs.
Restoring AgriStability Coverage (2017-09)
RESTORING AGRISTABILITY COVERAGE (2017-09)
WHEREAS both the Federal and Provincial governments state that the AgriStability program is the primary BRM response vehicle for income losses accrued due to a disaster situation; and
WHEREAS the 2013 AgriStability program year doubled the amount a farmer's reference margin must decline before triggering a payment, from 85% to 70%; and
WHEREAS this trigger level change has drastically reduced the utility provided by AgriStability to the point where enrollment levels are rapidly declining;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA recognize that returning AgriStability coverage from the current 70% trigger to the previous 85% trigger is the highest federal and provincial Business Risk Management lobby priority, and to work with the OFA, CHC and CFA to return AgriStability support to those levels in the Next Agricultural Policy Framework.