Canada and Manitoba Changing AgriRecovery Drought Programming to Provide Additional Support to Producers

News release

Changes to Enhance Financial Support, With No Need to Reapply: Ministers

March 30, 2022 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are making changes to the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance Program to make it easier for producers to receive funding and to enhance financial compensation, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson announced today.

Changes include:

  • eliminating the "producer share" for applicants to increase payments to each applicant. The "producer share" was set at $50/head for cattle, bison, elk and horses; or $10/head for sheep and goats
  • reducing the compensation rate and the extraordinary expenses for feed receipts from 75 per cent to 70 per cent, which, when combined with eliminating the "producer share," will increase funding to all applicants
  • increasing the maximum payment from $250/head for cattle, bison, elk and horses to $270/head and from $50/head for sheep and goats to $54/head, which will allow producers who have already received the maximum amount to receive an additional payment
  • adjusting previous claims automatically, so clients do not need to reapply

Johnson also noted that an extension has been put in place to extend the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program. The program, which covers feed, feed transportation and related extraordinary expenses, will now cover eligible expenses up to April 15, 2022. The application deadline has been updated to May 13, 2022.

The deadline has been extended due to extreme weather conditions in January and February that have required producers to increase the amount of feed used to maintain the health and welfare of their animals.

Under the drought assistance program, eligible expenditures between June 1, 2021 and April 15, 2022 include feed purchases, rentals of additional crop or pasture acres, temporary fencing for supplemental grazing, hauling water, harvesting extra acres and hauling self-produced feed from distant locations. Eligible animals under the program include breeding animals of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for pregnant mare urine, sheep, goats, bison and elk. Producers must support a minimum of 10 animals to qualify for assistance.

Quotes

"Manitoba producers are working hard, and our government is committed to ensuring they are fully supported during this difficult time," said Bibeau. "By making these changes to the AgriRecovery program in the province, we are making it easier for them to access funding that will help them when they need it most."

-   The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food 

"We know producers needed some additional support after last year's drought, and these changes are the best way to accomplish that while staying within the parameters of the AgriRecovery program," said Johnson. "This will help producers receive additional funding in a timely way so they can get the support they need as soon as possible."

-   Derek Johnson, Minister of Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

"Manitoba Beef Producers has had ongoing engagement with the provincial and federal governments about the drought's adverse effects and how to potentially modify programs to make them more responsive to cattle producers' needs. These latest adjustments will help get more financial assistance to producers who have faced feed and water challenges and we thank governments for listening to the concerns and making these important changes."

-   Tyler Fulton, president, Manitoba Beef Producers.

Quick facts

  • For more detailed program information, producers can contact their Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Service Centre, call toll-free 1-84-GROW-MB-AG or visit the website below.

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Contacts

Marianne Dandurand
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
marianne.dandurand@agr.gc.ca
343-541-9229

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Ross Romaniuk
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