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Interlake ranchers to get AgriStability TAPs

About 850 Interlake and Westlake livestock producers are expected to have access soon to targeted advance payments (TAPs) through AgriStability.

“This federal-provincial program has been implemented to address urgent issues so this advance will provide financial assistance now, when producers need it the most,” provincial Agriculture Minister Rosann Wowchuk said in a release Nov. 19, referring to AgriStability, the replacement program for CAIS.

TAPs will give eligible producers access to over $7 million in advances on their AgriStability payouts, with an average advance “in the range” of $8,400, the province said.

The TAP is meant to address losses in the 2008 fiscal period ending after July 31, when most flooding occurred.

To qualify, producers must have sales of 50 per cent or more in the cattle sector or in other ruminant sectors including sheep, goats, bison, deer, elk, llamas, alpacas, horses or PMU mares. Eligible producers must also be in any of the R. M. s of St. Laurent, Coldwell, Siglunes, Grahamdale, Fisher, Bifrost, Eriksdale, Armstrong, Gimli, Alonsa, Mossey River, Ethelbert, Mountain South or Lawrence, or in areas of Northern Affairs jurisdiction next to these municipalities, or in a First Nations community within one of those R. M. s.

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