Risk Management Program Applications Now Available

    GUELPH, ON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Grain and oilseed producers in Ontario can
now apply for the Risk Management Program (RMP). Anyone who hasn't yet
received a personalized application form for RMP can call Agricorp to request
    Agricorp wants to make sure that all eligible producers can take
advantage of this program and has already mailed more than 20,000 personalized
application packages to Ontario grain and oilseed producers. The deadline for
submitting applications is November 15, 2007.
    Applying is easy. Producers only need to review the information provided
on the application, revise as necessary, and sign the form before returning it
as soon as possible. Agricorp expects to begin issuing payments as early as
    Announced by the Ontario government on August 22, 2007, the Risk
Management Program will help grain and oilseed producers offset losses from
low commodity prices. It was designed in consultation with representatives of
the grain and oilseed industry and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
    Agricorp continues to collaborate with industry and the Ontario Ministry
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in delivering RMP. "This is a
tremendous step forward," said Leo Guilbeault, Chair of the Ontario Grains and
Oilseeds Safety Net Committee. "I am delighted by how closely Agricorp worked
with us to get applications in the mail within a month of the announcement.
RMP will help us find some stability in the next few years."

    To participate in the Risk Management Program, producers must:

    -   Participate in both the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization
        (CAIS) program and Production Insurance (PI) for all three years of
        the pilot program. The requirement to participate in PI will be
        waived for the 2007 crop year because the enrolment deadlines have
        already passed. The PI requirement will also be waived for any year
        in which no PI plan exists for a grain and oilseed crop grown on your

    -   Grow at least one of the eligible grain and oilseed crops

    -   Enrol all eligible grain and oilseed crops for all three crop years
        in RMP. RMP premiums will be waived in 2007.

    -   Submit an application to Agricorp by November 15, 2007 or earlier.

    For more information about RMP, please call Agricorp toll free at
1-888-247-4999, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.agricorp.com.

    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Donna Bowman, Account Lead, Agricorp, (519)
826-4017; Betty-Jo Almond, Account Lead, Agricorp, (519) 826-6666

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