Ontario extends RMP deadlines for crops, livestock

Move won't create coverage gaps, Agricorp says

Emergence in an Ontario soybean field. (File photo by John Greig)
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Ontario grain, oilseed and livestock producers will get extra time to apply for, make changes to or cancel coverage under the provincial Risk Management Program (RMP).

Agricorp, the province’s ag program delivery agency, announced Wednesday the new deadline for applications or coverage changes for 2020 will be June 30.

The previous deadlines to apply or file for changes were May 1 for grain and oilseed producers and April 1 for cattle, hogs, sheep and veal producers.

Though the deadline has changed, producers should apply or change coverage “as soon as they’re ready to get their coverage in place,” Agricorp said in a release Thursday.

Coverage options for 2020 will not be affected by the extended deadline, and program delays “will not cause gaps in coverage,” the agency said.

“Extending the RMP deadlines gives farmers more time to make business decisions and to assess their program coverage needs, especially while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Agricorp said Thursday.

RMP renewal packages went out to livestock producers in February, and are “currently in the mail” for grain and oilseed producers, Agricorp said, but noted both are also available online through its website.

Packages for the “self-directed” RMP plan for edible horticulture producers go out in the fall. — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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