Canadian government announces $340M for struggling Alberta livestock producers

The 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative now makes $340 million available to cover feed and water access costs for breeding female livestock.

In August, the Government of Alberta announced an AgriRecovery response, a federal-provincial-territorial disaster relief framework, to help address the extraordinary costs being incurred by Alberta’s livestock producers because of reduced grazing capacity caused by prolonged dry weather and extreme high temperatures. Eligible costs are supported on the 60-40 cost-shared federal-provincial basis outlined under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The response provides support and cash flow for Alberta’s livestock producers and beekeepers to cover expenses incurred to feed livestock.

This week the federal government confirmed its contribution of $204 million – or 60 per cent of the cost-shared AgriRecovery program.

“We thank Minister Bibeau, Minister Dreeshen, the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta for working together to ensure producers across Canada and Alberta receive the support necessary to continue providing top-quality product to Canadians across the country,” says Scott Bolton, President and CEO, UFA.

Bolton chairs the Ag & Forestry Committee and co-authored the Strategic Action Plan for the Ag & Forestry sector, presented to the Economic Recovery Council. He is pleased that government is taking the necessary steps to support producers.  “UFA has been advocating for our members, and we will continue to work with the Premier, AFSC, and all levels of government for AgriRecovery that supports our members and their operations.”

Full details, as well as terms and conditions, are available on the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation website, which will administer the program.

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Canadian government announces $340M for struggling Alberta livestock producers

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