Almost All Over-Wintered Acres Inspected

- A combine harvests a crop

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) adjusters have inspected almost all of the crops that weren’t able to be harvested last fall, according to a news release from the government of Alberta. More than one million insured acres were left in the fields, but AFSC has completed 92 per cent of pre-seeding claims now.

“Farmers in Alberta have just gone through one of the toughest harvests in recent memory and now face the many repercussions of COVID-19,” Devin Dreeshen, Alberta minister of agriculture and forestry, says in the release. “We are working with AFSC to simplify their operations to be more efficient at processing claims while also improving service standards and responsiveness for farmers and ranchers.”

The release notes as of May 20, adjusters have completed nearly all of the outstanding inspections – only about 130 inspections remain and are currently in progress. New wildlife claims continue to come in with AFSC is responding quickly.

AFSC made a number of operational changes, including increasing the number of claims verified remotely using yield volume and quality data compared with supporting weather data without on-site inspection, the release says.