As of last week, no excess moisture compensation cheques had been issued to Manitoba grain farmers.
But they soon will be, according to officials with the Manitoba and federal governments.
“Both levels of government now have all the necessary authorities in place and payments are expected to flow to producers in the coming days,” a federal official said in an email Aug. 20.
Close to 4,900 applications have been received for the $30 an acre being paid to compensate Manitoba farmers under the Canada-Manitoba Excess Moisture Assistance Program (CMEMAP).
Of the $450 million allocated to the program, an estimated $65 million will be paid to Manitoba farmers.
CMEMAP was announced Aug. 8 and the deadline for applying was Aug. 3. Manitoba Agriculture Minister Stan Struthers said he wanted the early deadline so farmers would be compensated quickly.