In 2019 KAP established a young farmer policy committee to integrate young farmer policy issues more formally into KAP advocacy work.
Young farmers and new entrants to farming in Manitoba face unique challenges and require special attention from both government and industry. MASC offers programming like the Bridging Generations Initiative to assist with the transfer of farm assets between young and retiring farmers and the CPC to assist with initial AgriInsurance costs.
According to MASC, the purpose of the CPC is to assist young farmers with costs and ensure crop production decisions are based on sound agronomic practices. The CPC connects first time AgriInsurance applicants with a Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (MARD) farm production extension specialist to prepare and implement a crop plan. The producer is then eligible for a one-time subsidy of $300 for AgriInsurance premiums.
KAP's young farmer policy committee has sent MASC a submission on the effectiveness of the program, the uptake, and suggestions for improving the program.
Click here to read the full submission.