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Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) provides forage insurance products to help Manitoba agricultural producers manage forage production risks. Presently, only 18 per cent of Manitoba’s forage land is insured, compared to 90 per cent of Manitoba’s annual crop acreage.
The back-to-back production challenges faced by forage producers in 2018 and 2019 have impacted provincial and local feed supplies. The decrease in available forages is affecting producers’ ability to maintain herd size and negatively impacting farm finances.
Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development has initiated a review of the forage insurance program. This review is intended to gain an understanding about the forage insurance purchasing decisions of Manitoba producers. Producers will have an opportunity to identify how the program does or does not meet their needs, and also recommend changes.
MASC currently insures 1,282 forage producers and a total of 272,764 acres. It is estimated there are an additional 1.5 million acres eligible for insurance under the Forage Insurance program.
The governments of Manitoba and Canada pay 60 per cent of the premium cost and all of the program administration cost.
In 2014, the Manitoba Forage Program was redesigned, with the following improvements:
A full description of MASC’s forage insurance programs are available online at https://www.masc.mb.ca/masc.nsf/program_forages.html