Deadline Extension for Livestock Producers Dealing With Drought Fallout
Producers Have Until June 14 to Submit Forms to Agricorp
The governments of Canada and Ontario are working to ensure that the province's livestock producers who faced feed shortages after last summer's drought conditions have the time they need to purchase and ship hay for their animals.
Today, the provincial and federal governments announced that the deadline to transport forage under the Canada Ontario Forage Livestock Transportation Assistance Initiative has been extended by 11 weeks. Farmers will now have until June 1, 2013, to transport forage, and then until June 14, 2013, to submit their forms to Agricorp.
The initiative was announced on Dec.14, 2012, making almost $2.4 million available to help affected livestock producers in designated drought areas of eastern and southwest Ontario purchase feed for their breeding herds over winter.
Livestock producers are eligible for:
- Up to $0.14 per tonne, per kilometre to assist with the transportation of forage, or
- Up to $0.075 per kilometre, per animal, to move animals to available feed
For further information regarding details of this initiative and how to apply, please visit Agricorp at www.agricorp.com.
- This initiative is part of the AgriRecovery Framework, which allows governments to respond to unforeseen disasters that result in extraordinary recovery costs for producers.
- This is one of many existing government programs, including AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest, which are designed to help producers deal with income and production losses.
- The federal government is also providing tax deferrals to eligible producers in designated drought areas on the sale of their breeding livestock.
- In 2012, total government support to the livestock sector through existing business risk management programs is estimated to be $147 million, including $106 million from the Ontario-funded Risk Management Program, $20 million from AgriStability, $16 million from AgriInvest, and $5.35 million through the Production Insurance Forage Rainfall Plan.
“This extension will ensure Ontario’s livestock producers have the support they need to continue to winter their herds and get ready for spring. We will continue to work constructively with the Province in the best interests of Ontario farmers.”
“When Ontario’s livestock producers told us they needed more time to access forage for their herds, we listened. Extending this deadline until the pastures are ready will provide some of the help they need after last year’s difficult season.”