Most Canadian grain producers are faring well under AgriStability, the country’s financial safety net program for farmers, because it allows them to calculate a reference margin based on an average of the best three years out of the past five, consulting agrologist Kevin Hursh reported in a column for the Sakatoon (Canada) StarPhoenix. However, hog farmers and other livestock producers are not benefiting as much because a years-long downturn means that their reference margins are poor, he said.

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 Hursh also reported that farmers who produce both grain and livestock feel that they are getting short shrift, because AgriStability takes both production lines into account when making payments. Thus, a producer involved in both lines may receive fewer AgriStability payouts for weak livestock performance if grain performance is high that year.