Mr. Chair, does everybody hear me? Super.
First off, thanks for allowing me to participate in the committee today. My questions will be for the Beef Farmers of Ontario.
Mr. Lipsett, it's always good to see you and Mr. Horne.
I agree a hundred per cent with some of your comments to start. Things have fundamentally changed in the last decade, not only in the difference with where the market is, specifically within the beef sector, and the inequality that exists within the different risk management programs. Bottom line, it needs updating.
For those who aren't aware, I'm an ex-military officer. The last step of mission analysis is, has the situation changed? If it has, it means that you go back and you re-evaluate the whole program. That's ultimately what I think has currently been laid out already today in the testimony. The programs need to be updated.
The other statement I'd agree with is that I'm a big believer that our ag sector is fundamental in our economic recovery coming out of COVID-19, so I have some quick questions for you, Mr. Lipsett and Mr. Horne.
Why are farmers facing such difficulty triggering payments through the AgriStability program? Also, what benefits would come from changing it from the current 70% back up to the 85%? What would be the benefit, really, in growth, development and income for our beef farmers?