Provinces will be able to invoke the late participation provision of AgriStability to allow more producers to access support, the federal government says in a news release on July 15. The assistance agreement was discussed during a meeting of provincial and territorial agriculture ministers with Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food.
“My heart goes out to those farmers and ranchers feeling the impacts of the extreme heat wave and drought conditions,” Bibeau says in the release. “I have committed to working closely with provinces to assess the need for activating flexibilities in our programs to respond to these extreme weather event.”
In a news release from Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen, he says the ag ministers were able to receive verbal comments from Ottawa that a joint AgriRecovery program will be initiated to support Prairie producers affected by drought conditions prior to an election.
“I have advised Alberta crop adjusters to be flexible and complete early assessments with affected crop and hay land — for example offering alternative use of crops to address forecasted feed shortages in our livestock industry,” Dreeshen says in the release.
Dreeshen also adds Alberta announced a 20 per cent drop in insurance premiums this year. Alberta also has a water pumping program which provides assistance to producers for the emergency filling of dugouts for livestock.
“I want to assure producers across Alberta that we understand the severity of this prolonged period of extreme dry weather and we are doing everything we can to ensure you receive the support you need,” Dreeshen says.