$340 million for Alberta ranchers due to drought

Andrew Ranches was busy moving 250 cow calf pairs on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 from a location near Youngstown, Ab. to the family's property northeast of town. The whole trek took an estimated six hours to travel 12 miles to the appropriate pasture. (Terri Huxley/ECA Review)
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Alberta ranchers can apply for up to $200 per head through a $340-million support program.

Producers can apply for an initial AgriRecovery payment through the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative to help cover feed and water access costs for breeding female livestock across the province.

“Alberta’s livestock producers have experienced exceedingly dry conditions for months, putting additional stress on the very Albertans who feed Canadian families. Alberta’s government is proud to support the delivery of up to $340 million in much-needed relief to help our livestock producers make it through this difficult season,” said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

“We’re here to support producers in times like these. This funding helps Alberta’s livestock producers and beekeepers sustain their operations during challenging times,” added Darryl Kay, CEO of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC).

Payments will flow soon after applications are received. Once applications are approved and processed, those who sign up for the direct deposit option will see payments toward the end of the month.

Taking a feed-need approach, supplemented by receipts, a secondary payment of up to $106 per head will be available to producers who have experienced extraordinary costs as a result of the drought, in addition to the initial payment.

Cattle and bison will be eligible for an initial payment of $94 per head and a secondary payment of $106 per head, for a total of $200 per head.

Other livestock will be subject to a different per head payment.

The program will be administered through AFSC.

An AFSC Connect account is required to receive payments. Directions on how to sign up for AFSC Connect are available on AFSC’s website.



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