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Agriculture committee  One of the concerns is the delay in the program payments that go out. The government has done a good job of increasing the percentage of interim payments that go out, and I think that's an excellent move, but when we're still processing AgriStability claims from 2018, it really s

July 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Richard Horne

Agriculture committee  Yes. Thanks, Mr. Ruff. I think Paul touched on it. Janice did as well. I don't proclaim to be an expert in the intricacies of the AgriStability program. Paul's “70% of 70%” when discussing the reference margin limit is one of the reasons why the program is so complicated, but

July 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Richard Horne

Industry committee  I certainly can't speak for grain farmers or the ethanol industry, but beef producers are finding alternative ways to address supply shortages in certain areas and they are certainly working with nutritionists to close the gap in that area. However, it's certainly not ideal and i

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Richard Horne

Industry committee  Thank you for your question, Mr. Longfield. Yes, absolutely, we've been working with the supply chain in Ontario and our provincial ministry and minister, and so have my counterparts in the other provinces. Yes, it's frustrating that there seems to be somewhat of a finger-pointi

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Richard Horne

Industry committee  I was just going comment on the DDGs as a feedstuff for Ontario, most specifically eastern Canadian beef producers. The price of those products has doubled since COVID hit. Since March 1, the price of DDGs in Ontario has doubled, and that obviously relates to a major cost increas

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Richard Horne

Industry committee  Our first recommendation is to introduce immediate enhancements to business risk management programs. Our strong preference is for the federal government to immediately contribute to Ontario's risk management program. In our belief, this is the most effective way to ensure suppor

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Richard Horne