The application process is ready for Alberta cattle ranchers to obtain financial assistance to meet the extraordinary costs associated with this year’s drought.
“Alberta cattle ranchers have experienced extremely dry conditions for months on end, putting additional stress on the very Albertans who feed Canadian families,” said Alberta Agriculture Minister Devin. Dreeshen, in a statement released today.
“The Government of Alberta is proud to support up to $ 340 million in assistance to help our livestock producers through this difficult season.
The assistance program is part of the AgriRecovery funds announced last month, which come from a 60-40 split between the federal and provincial governments.
Claims can be made to the Alberta Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) for an upfront payment of $ 94 per breeding cow under the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feeding Initiative.
The upfront payment will not require feed or water expenses to be deposited, but will require producers to have at least 10 animals by August 6.
Market animals, cull animals or those belonging to provincially licensed slaughterhouses are not eligible, nor are animals on pasture or in closed fattening operations fed for weight gain, pigs , poultry or commercial dairy cows.
Cows and bison are eligible for $ 94 per head and horses are eligible for $ 113 per head.
Elk, deer and ewes will qualify on a scale of $ 47 to $ 19 per head.
Requests for a second payment of $ 106 under the Alberta AgriRecovery program are expected to be released later this year through the AFSC. This assistance will be provided on the basis of a receipt-based system and will cover extraordinary feed costs for livestock in stock as of December 31.
Eligible expenses for the second payment will include temporary fencing and water supply not covered by other programs, related transportation costs and other activities needed to secure power.
Beekeepers will also be eligible for assistance under the program.