2010 AgriRecovery response for excess moisture and flooding
July 14, 2010
- Announced on July 8, 2010, this is a joint response by the Governments of Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
- Approximately 370,000 acres of land remain unseeded in Alberta, with more than one million acres of land flooded. Land that was seeded is now non-viable.
- Crop producers affected by excess moisture will receive a payment of $30 per acre to allow them to either seed a cover crop, or fallow the land to maintain it for future use.
- In Alberta, producers will need to self-declare by filling out an application form. This form must be returned to Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), who is administering the program. There will also be forms available at AFSC district offices, on-line and mailed out.
“This is a joint federal-provincial program, and Alberta’s application form is ready to go and is awaiting input from our federal counterparts,” said Jack Hayden, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “As soon as it is finalized we will post it on-line, mail it out to producers and make it available at all Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) offices. We expect that to be as early as next week.” (Alberta crop producers receive support to deal with excess moisture, Government of Alberta News Release, July 13, 2010)
- The entire cost of the proposed AgriRecovery payments to all eligible Alberta crop producers is $42.1 million, with $25.26 million borne by the federal government and $16.84 million by the Province of Alberta.