More Gov’t Help on the Way for Drought Affected Ontario Farmers

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More government assistance is on the way for Ontario livestock producers facing severe forage shortages as a result of this summer’s dry growing conditions, according to a recent announcement by the federal government. The governments of Canada and Ontario will provide assistance through AgriRecovery to help livestock producers with transportation costs incurred in accessing feed for their breeding herds over winter.

“Forage shortages in Ontario have forced many livestock producers to find alternate sources of feed for their animals that must be transported from long distances at a significant cost,” said Member of Parliament Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew- Nipissing -Pembroke) at the announcement. “Our Government has delivered support through tax deferrals, Hay East and now through AgriRecovery to cover some of those extra costs producers will incur to transport feed or to move livestock to feed.”

Drought conditions during the summer significantly reduced forage yields and damaged pastures for livestock producers in parts of Ontario.

The Ontario Forage and Livestock Transportation Assistance Initiative will provide up to $2.4 million to help affected livestock producers in designated drought areas of eastern and southwest Ontario cover a portion of the extraordinary costs of transporting feed to their breeding herds, or breeding herds to areas with surplus feed.

The two components of the initiative are:
– Up to $0.14 per tonne, per kilometer to assist with the transportation of forage and feed, or
– Up to $0.075 per kilometer, per animal, to move animals to available feed

This initiative is being delivered under the AgriRecovery Framework, which allows governments to respond to unforeseen disasters that result in extraordinary recovery costs for producers. Producers are encouraged to make full use of existing government programs – AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest- designed to help them mitigate income and production losses.

This AgriRecovery initiative is in addition to the support governments have already provided through the HayEast initiative to help with the costs of transporting donated hay from Western Canada.

The federal government is also providing tax deferrals to eligible producers in designated drought areas on the sale of their breeding livestock. The full list of designated areas for the 2012 Livestock Tax Deferral Provision can be found on AAFC’s Drought Watch site at www.agr.gc.ca/drought.

Further information regarding details of this initiative and how to apply can be obtained from Agricorp at www.agricorp.com.

 

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