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Manitoba Agriculture aims for quick turnaround on AgriRecovery aid

MARD staff answer producers’ questions on AgriRecovery drought aid programs

Turnaround time on drought aid was on producers’ minds as they questioned Manitoba Agriculture staff during a webinar on September 14. “Most farmers won’t have the money just sitting around without borrowing it,” a participant said in a question read out by MARD staff. MARD, Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association and Manitoba Beef Producers

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Manitoba farm groups happy with AgriRecovery program details

AID | $155 million in relief measures hits the biggest hurts, but how does it stack up against groups’ initial asks? KAP, Manitoba Beef Producers and Dairy Farmers of Manitoba said they were pleased with AgriRecovery drought relief measures announced August 31. “We thank both levels of government for recognizing the severity of the disaster and enacting


Manitoba Beef Producers president Tyler Fulton speaks to media outside the Manitoba Legislature on Aug. 31, 2021, as Manitoba agriculture minister Ralph Eichler looks on.

$155 million in feed, transportation and ongoing livestock aid announced

Plans for a herd rebuilding program are still in the works, province says

Manitoba livestock producers will have access to financial aid for feed costs, feed transport and animal transport costs, provincial agriculture minister Ralph Eichler announced the morning of August 31. “This investment is among the highest in the AgriRecovery assistance of our livestock and forage sectors in Manitoba history,” Eichler said. For those who have or

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Plans afoot to move hay from East to drought-hit West

CFA, BFO spearheading Hay West-style initiatives

Farm groups are spearheading new plans to get livestock feed from Eastern Canada to drought-damaged regions of the western provinces and northwestern Ontario. Details are still pending, but the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) announced Aug. 12 it has started work on a “Hay West” initiative to get surplus hay “to those struggling in the

Cattle graze near Dauphin, Man. in late July. (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Alexis Stockford)

Feds lock in AgriRecovery funds before election call

Ottawa's pledged share now up to $500 million

Just hours ahead of a federal election call, the federal government has committed $500 million to cover its share of federal/provincial AgriRecovery support plans for drought-hit farmers across Canada’s West. Shortly before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit Sunday to Rideau Hall seeking the dissolution of Parliament for a federal election, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed



Additional details will be shared with Manitoba producers as programs are developed and become available.

Province pledges $62 million to AgriRecovery

Drought situation has been ‘extremely stressful and challenging’ for cattle producers, says MBP president

The Manitoba government will invest $62 million in programs for drought-stricken farmers under the AgriRecovery framework ag minister Ralph Eichler announced Aug. 10. “Without additional investment, producers are in the very difficult position of having to consider reducing their herds or leaving the industry altogether,” said Eichler in a news release. “Our government is making

“We are experiencing the worst drought our country has seen in decades, leaving our cattle herd at great risk right from British Columbia across to Ontario.” – Bob Lowe, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president.

More drought support than promised needed for farmers, say producer groups

Manitobans are waiting with high hopes for province-specific plans for AgriRecovery funding

[UPDATED] August, 10, 2021 – A federal pledge of $100 million in AgriRecovery funds for drought-stricken farmers is a good start – but far more is needed to save farms and herds say producer groups. “MBP strongly believes additional support will be required and asks for swift action on this,” Manitoba Beef Producers said in


The federal government is pledging $100 million through AgriRecovery for drought-stricken farmers.

Federal government announces $100 million for AgriRecovery

Provincial, federal governments agree to increased AgriStability interim payments

The federal government has pledged $100 million through AgriRecovery to aid drought-stricken farmers. Today we are announcing $100 million to add to provincial AgriRecovery initiatives, ready to be delivered as quickly as we can turn around provincial submissions, and ready to seek further funding for requests exceeding this amount,” said federal Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, shown here with Craig Riese (l) of Keystone Agricultural Producers and Manitoba Beef Producers president Tyler Fulton, speaks on July 22, 2021 at The Forks in Winnipeg. (Dave Bedard photo)

Tax deferrals, crop insurance changes en route against drought

Assessments underway for AgriRecovery, minister says

Updated — As the federal government looks to manage impacts of ongoing drought conditions in Canada’s West, producers in parts of five provinces can already expect to be eligible for the livestock tax deferral program. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Thursday in Winnipeg that producers in drought-designated areas of southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia, northwestern