Recovery initiative provides continued financial assistance to producers who were hit hard by 2021 drought
In response to severe drought conditions, the governments of Canada and Alberta worked together to rapidly deploy the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance AgriRecovery initiative, which has already helped thousands of livestock producers cover their extraordinary costs.
The second phase of this initiative, which opened January 5, provides continued assistance to eligible Alberta producers, who were hit hard by the 2021 drought. Together, the initial and secondary payments will put up to CA$340 million (US$266.6 million) into the hands of producers to help them address the extraordinary costs incurred feeding their livestock during the 2021 drought.
“Our government has been quick to get producers the support they’ve needed during this last year of climate-change related challenges,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “Those in Alberta faced serious drought, so we worked collaboratively with our provincial counterparts on programs like AgriRecovery to help producers recover and focus on herd health.”
In phase two of the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance initiative, producers can apply for additional compensation (a secondary payment) to help cover costs over and above the phase one initial payment. Due to prolonged dry weather and extreme high temperatures, many producers experienced reduced grazing capacity causing a severe economic hit.
“Alberta experienced exceedingly dry conditions this growing season, putting undue stress on the farmers, ranchers and producers who keep us all fed,” said Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. “Without this significant AgriRecovery response, Alberta producers risked losing their competitive advantage by having to sell off their livestock herds, and making difficult decisions surrounding the health of their animals. This program is providing much-needed relief to producers.”
Phase one of the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance initiative was open from September 7 to November 1, 2021, and provided an initial payment to producers. The initiative received 14,740 applications paying out more than $180 million so far under phase one.
The secondary payment will be calculated using a feed-need calculation, supplemented by proof of eligible expenses, for all livestock with the exception of bees.
AgriRecovery is a federal-provincial-territorial disaster relief framework to help agricultural producers with the extraordinary costs associated with recovering from natural disasters. Eligible costs will be supported on the 60-40 cost-shared federal-provincial basis outlined under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.