Ideas on Sask. crop insurance due by June 30

Saskatchewan farmers who can’t make it out to one of the remaining six public meetings of the provincial Crop Insurance review have until June 30 to put their recommendations in writing.

Meyers Norris Penny, the firm conducting the review that the province launched in April, is holding public meetings across the province until June 18 and will accept written submissions and online surveys until June 30.

The provincial government plans to start making changes to the program based on the review for the 2009 growing season, Ag Minister Bob Bjornerud said in a release Monday.

“We need to fix the program so it works for farmers,” he said. “This review is a great opportunity for producers to tell us exactly what is working and what is not.”

A personalized package was sent out to every Saskatchewan Crop Insurance contract holder in April that advised them of how to get involved, the province said, adding that over 350 producers had provided feedback to date.

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