Expanding 2023 livestock drought recovery support

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Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The governments of Canada and Alberta are expanding drought livestock assistance eligibility to help producers maintain breeding herds.

The 2023 Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance initiative is expanding eligibility to 23 new regions and extending the application deadline. Funding for this joint AgriRecovery initiative is provided through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP).

Livestock producers in eligible regions who altered their usual grazing practices due to drought conditions for more than 21 days this season can apply for financial support to cover losses incurred to manage and maintain female breeding animals such as cattle, bison, horses, elk, sheep, goats, alpacas, yak, musk ox, deer, water buffalo and llamas. A minimum of 15 animals per type of livestock are required to qualify.

Funding for the new regions will open on January 29, 2024. Applicants in this intake may receive payments of up to $150 per head. The application deadline is February 22, 2024 and extraordinary costs can be incurred until March 31, 2024. This expansion also gives producers who were already eligible another opportunity to apply.

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) continues to administer the initiative. Livestock producers can get more information and apply by visiting AFSC’s website.

Quotes

“Producers across Alberta faced significant challenges last season, so I’m glad we’ve been able to work with the Government of Alberta to expand this AgriRecovery initiative to 23 additional municipalities that were impacted by the drought. We’re also updating the designated regions for the 2023 Livestock Tax Deferral, to give more producers access to the support they need.”

– The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“I’m pleased Alberta’s government was able to work with the federal government to expand this financial support to additional regions impacted by severe drought and extreme heat conditions. I will continue to look out for the interests of our hard-working livestock producers.”

– RJ Sigurdson, Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation

“Last year was a tough one for Alberta’s livestock producers and the expansion of this AgriRecovery initiative means that more producers can receive critical support for their breeding herds. Going into 2024, AFSC is ready to help producers manage their risks and support Alberta’s agriculture industry.”

– Darryl Kay, Chief Executive Officer, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

Quick facts

  • AFSC administers 4 business risk management (BRM) programs that provide insurance and income stabilization for Alberta’s farmers and ranchers. These include AgriInsurance, AgriStability, AgriInvest and AgriRecovery.
  • AgriRecovery is one of the business risk management programs under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, and is a federal-provincial-territorial disaster relief framework to help agricultural producers with the extraordinary costs associated with recovering from natural disasters.
  • Sustainable CAP is a 5-year (2023-28), $3.5-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen competitiveness, innovation and resiliency in the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector.
    • This includes $1 billion in federal programs and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs funded 60% federally and 40% provincially-territorially.