04/17/2015 03:02 EDT | Updated 07/03/2015 12:59 EDT

Manitoba group tells Ottawa farmers want input in Growing Forward 3 development

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - A Manitoba group wants the federal government and provinces to listen to farmers before making future decisions on agriculture policy.

Keystone Agricultural Producers delegates passed a motion this week that calls on Ottawa to ensure that farmers are involved in the development of Growing Forward 3.

The policy framework covers programs that deal with income stabilization, insurance and disaster, the environment and food safety.

KAP president Dan Mazier says business risk management programs in Growing Forward 2 are not meeting the needs of farmers.

He says new programming must be more robust and reflect changes on the farm – including the effects of climate change on agriculture.

The current Growing Forward 2 agreement expires in 2018.

“This is an important process, and we must be at the table,” Mazier said in a release. “There is so much at stake."