Applications are open, as of Oct. 26, for the 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program — the title that’s been given to the federal and provincial AgriRecovery initiative aimed at helping livestock producers in Saskatchewan affected by drought.
Producers in eligible parts of the province can find more info and application forms through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
“The livestock sector is a significant contributor to our provincial economy,” says David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister. “It is important we are there for producers through the current challenges. The program will provide some financial relief to livestock producers, helping them to maintain the breeding herd by providing funding to address extraordinary costs caused by the drought.”
The program aims to cover 70 per cent of extraordinary costs related to feed and freight, incurred after May 1, 2023, through to the application deadline of March 1, 2024. Program funding will provide eligible producers an initial payment of up to $150 per head to help maintain the breeding herd in the drought regions.
Based on available funding, additional payments will be issued to program participants. Eligibility for the fed/prov program is area specific, guided by the Canadian Drought Monitor. Producers will need to submit their receipts or appropriate documents for the extraordinary expenses.
For producers who are not in the area eligible for the AgriRecovery funds, the Saskatchewan government is still providing assistance to cover extraordinary expenses due to drought, with an initial payment of up to $60 per head.