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Changes to Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program and Commodity Loan Guarantee Programs
The NFU-O is pleased to see that OMAFRA has listened to farmers regarding compensation for livestock predation and adjusting the Commodity Loan Guarantee Program (CLGP) for farmers affected by high levels of Deoxynivalenol (DON) in their corn; both of which issues the NFU-O has raised directly with the Minister.
“It is rewarding to see that the process works. Our members raised serious concerns regarding how livestock predation evidence was assessed and the appeal process. We brought them forward to the Ministry; they listened and made changes,” noted Emery Huszka, NFU-O President.
Sheep farmer and national NFU President, Katie Ward commented, “Farmers need to be fairly compensated when dealing with issues beyond their control like livestock predation, and these changes, in particular, the improvements to the appeal process and additional ways to provide specific evidence are especially welcome.”
“Recently, we spoke to the Minister and proposed extending the CLGP for farmers dealing with DON in their corn,” Huszka said. “The media has noted that farmers are dealing with mental health concerns, and financial issues like livestock predation and loss of income due to vomitoxins can play a large factor. These changes are progress towards respecting the dignity of farmers to make a sustainable living.”