Advance Payments Program

The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a federal loan guarantee program which provides agricultural producers with easy access to low-interest cash advances.

Under the program, producers can access up to $400,000 per program year in advances based on the value of their agricultural product, with the Government of Canada paying the interest on the first $100,000 advanced to a producer. Advances are repaid as the producer sells their agricultural product, with up to 18 months to fully repay the advance for most commodities (up to 24 months for cattle and bison).

As a producer, an APP advance can help you to meet your financial needs, such as farm input costs, immediate financial obligations, and product marketing costs. It can also allow you to make the decision to sell your agricultural products based on market conditions rather than the need for cash flow.

APP advances are available through more than 40 participating producer organizations, that is, APP Administrators, across Canada.

Toll Free Number: 1.866.367.8506 | Advance Payments Program website

The Advance Payments Program (APP) provides producers with a cash advance on the value of their agricultural commodities for a specified production period. The advances allow producers to meet their immediate financial obligations without having to market their commodities and give producers the necessary financial flexibility to market their commodities when the conditions are right for them.

To be eligible to receive a cash advance under the Advance Payments Program (APP), the producer must be:

1. a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
2. a corporation, cooperative or partnership of which the majority interest is held directly or indirectly (through another corporation, a trust etc) by Canadian citizens or permanent residents

In addition, the producer or one of the producer’s individual interest holders:

3. must be of the age of majority in the province of operation;
4. must own the agricultural product;
5. must be responsible for its marketing

The Advance Payments Program is administered by approximately 60 producer organizations on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). A full list of all the participating producer organizations in Canada is available on the Advance Payment Program website at www.agr.gc.ca/app. If you are interested in receiving an advance, you can use this list to find a participating producer organization near you.

The Advance Payments Program provides producers with cash advances on their commodity sales in order to improve business cash flow. These advances are provided at preferential interest rates, with the first $100,000 as interest-free, which affords producers the flexibility to market their products based on business strategy rather than a need for working capital.

Producers are eligible to receive an advance for up to $400,000 per production period, with the first $100,000 of their advance being interest-free. The advance is based on an advance rate determined by the Minister which cannot exceed 50 per cent of the average price that in the Minister’s opinion will be payable to producers of the agricultural product in that area. This limitation on the advance rate helps to absorb price fluctuations that may naturally occur in the market.

To apply for an Advance Payment Program advance, producers typically have to pay an application fee to the Producer Organization administering the advance. Fee structures vary between the different administrators. Some administrators charge a one-time only fee, while other charge a fee for the initial application and lower fees for the second or third instalment, and others may use a pro-rated fee schedule based on the amount of money advanced.

Yes. The availability of cash advances is controlled to an extent by the agreement the administrator negotiates with AAFC. Under the program, a production period is usually 18 months, or 24 months for cattle and bison, and advances issued are always linked to a production period. The administrator, when considering the needs of producers it is serving, generally decides on the timing of advances based on producers’ production cycles.

Once a producer has reached their interest-free limit or their overall maximum eligible advance limit, they will not be eligible to receive another advance during the production period. The producer will however be eligible for another advance in the next production period as long as all outstanding advances remain within the maximum $400,000 overall advance limit.

The Advance Payments Program advances on hundreds of crop and livestock products. Eligible products must meet the following criteria:

  • An animal that is raised in Canada or the fur pelt of the animal
  • A plant grown in Canada or the product of the plant, or
  • Honey or maple syrup that is produced in Canada

The product must not be processed, and for perishable products such as fruit, it should not be processed beyond what is necessary to store it and prevent spoilage. The Minister must also be able to establish a market price for the purpose of determining the eligible advance rate.

The following changes were in force for the 2015 program year:

  • You will be able to receive advances for all your commodities through one application with a single administrator;
  • To be eligible for an advance, you will no longer need to be principally occupied in farming;
  • There will be a new repayment schedule in line with the perishable date of non-storable products thereby avoiding the need for proof of sale;
  • You will be allowed to repay your advances without penalty if you decide to wait to market the commodity until conditions are more favourable;
  • You will be allowed to repay your advance without penalty if the agricultural product becomes unmarketable through no fault of your own.

If you are applying for an advance on a crop before the product is harvested, you will need one of the two programs to secure the advance until the product is harvested. You could, however, choose to wait until harvest to apply for the advance, and get an advance based solely on what you have in storage.

Currently, all shareholders of a corporation, members of a co-op, or partners in a partnership must sign and be held jointly and severally liable for the entire  advance. A recent change was made to the legislation and regulation to allow for a guarantee in lieu of this joint and several guarantee requirements. An administrator may now accept a guarantee from a financial institution or from one or more individuals who can prove that they have the financial collateral issue such a guarantee. This could be one or more of the shareholders/members/partners, or a third party.

If you do not see your commodity listed on any of the Advance Payments Program administrator’s websites please contact one or more of the administrators directly. They will work to determine if your commodity is eligible for an advance and if not they will provide you with alternative suggestions.

Though application processing time can vary from administrator to the next, the length of time it that it will take for a producer to receive funds into their accounts after the submission of a complete application form is generally 10-14 business days. However, high application volumes and incomplete application forms may result in delays. For more information on service standards please contact the Advance Payments Program administrator to which you are applying for more detail.

The first $100,000 of your Advance Payment Program loan is interest free. Interest on the balance of your loan (over $100,000 to the maximum limit) is determined by your administrator, however, most administrators charge either prime or prime minus 0.25%.

No, the estimated value of the commodity for which you are seeking an advance cannot be appealed. The value of your advance is based on your estimated production multiplied by the commodity value as determined by the federal government and limited to your security (i.e. AgriInsurance, AgriStability).
If an administrator feels that the advance rate per production unit is incorrect, they can request that the Minister review the advance rate. The administrator would likely be asked to support any increase in advance rate by providing reliable market data.

AgriStability

AgriStability targets assistance to farm operations facing large margin declines caused by production loss, increased costs, or market conditions.

AgriStability calculates a production margin (current year) and a reference margin (Olympic average of your five most recent production margins). If your production margin falls below your payment trigger (70 percent of your reference margin), AgriStability will pay you 70 percent of the difference.

Your production and reference margin are unique for your operation as they are built using your income tax and supplementary information. AgriStability benefits are paid after your tax year is complete and you have submitted your tax and AgriStability supplementary forms.

AgriStability is a low cost program. The cost works out to an approximate fee of $315 for every $100,000 of your reference margin.

CAP is the new five year Federal-Provincial-Territorial agricultural agreement in effect as of April 1, 2018. The agreement covers AgriStability Program Years 2018-2022. Any Program Year ending in 2018, before or after April 1, will be processed under the CAP rules. For example, if you have a February 28, 2018 fiscal year-end your claim will be processed under CAP rules.

The CAP agreement includes four changes to AgriStability:
1. Adjusted Reference Margin Limit: Reference Margins subject to limiting are now guaranteed at least 70% of their calculated Olympic Reference margin.
2. Simplified Participation: Reduced information requirements for both the issuance of fees and the calculation of reference margins.
3. Minimum Benefit Calculation: Benefits must calculate to $250 or greater to be received by Participants.
4. Late Participation: A provision in the agreement which allows for extending the deadlines for participation. Late Participation may only be enacted when a significant portion of the province has experienced an agricultural disaster.

Under CAP, the Reference Margin Limit will now be adjusted to ensure a more equitable level of support for Participants impacted by the limit. Participants subject to limiting are now guaranteed at least 70 per cent of their calculated Olympic Average Reference Margin, known as the Adjusted Reference Margin Limit.

1. Simplified enrolment for issuance of fees: if there is not enough information in AFSC records to calculate a fee, your fee will be calculated using industry benchmark information based on your estimated program year productive units.

2. Reduced information requirements for calculating a benefit: new participants or participants who have been out of the program for at least four years prior to the program year can choose to supply three years of tax and supplementary information rather than five years. If they choose to submit only three years, their reference margin will be the average of the last three years rather than the five-year Olympic Average.

A minimum payment of $250 was introduced for the program years 2018-2022. Essentially, if a producer’s benefit calculates to less than $250, it will not be paid to the producer.

Example:
Version 1 of a benefit calculates to $150. No benefit is paid.

Version 2 is processed and the benefit amount is now $300. $300 is paid to the participant.

Version 3 is processed and the new benefit amount is $350. An additional $50 is paid to the producer. Note that the net benefit on version 3 is less than $250 but the gross benefit is greater than $250.

Late participation will only be offered in program years that have experienced a significant agricultural disaster and whereby both the federal and provincial governments have agreed jointly to extend the deadline for participation. This provision will include a 20 per cent penalty on any benefits.

Late participation provisions will be effective for the 2018-2022 program years (CAP Agreement).

The Projected Reference Margin Calculator is intended to provide participants with an approximation of what their applied reference margin will be for the 2019 Program Year.

You will need:
• Copy of your 2017 Calculation of Program Benefits Package (COPB)
• Copy of your 2017 crop and livestock inventory worksheets
• 2018 tax information and accrual information
• 2017 Structural Change Adjustments Report
• Access to AFSC’s published prices, which are available here.

AgriStability is a whole farm program that covers all commodities produced on your farm whereas AgriInsurance provides coverage on a crop by crop basis, and offers spot loss coverage for specific perils.

Although both programs cover production loss, AgriStability also covers other risks such as rising input costs, price volatility and commodity loss due to fire or spoilage.

AgriStability, when combined with AgriInsurance, can help manage your overall risk.

If you have not participated in AgriStability before or are wishing to rejoin the program, either complete the AgriStability Application for Fee Notice or provide a written request indicating your intent to participate by April 30 of the Program Year in which you wish to participate.

Pay the fee. The fee is approximately $315 per $100,000 of your reference margin. There is a minimum Enrolment Fee of $45 and an Administrative Cost Share fee of $55. Fees must be paid by April 30 to avoid a 20% penalty. Fees can be paid up to December 31 of the Program Year with penalty.

File your income taxes by the deadlines established by CRA.

Submit your application forms. Participants must submit completed Supplementary forms by the established deadlines. The deadline is September 30 of the following calendar year. Supplementary forms will be accepted until December 31, subject to a penalty.

AFSC receives a high volume of claims in the month of September. Participants are encouraged to file their information early.

As all applications are subject to review, you may be contacted for additional information. Upon completion of processing, participants will receive a Calculation of Program Benefits (COPB). You will have 18 months from the date on the COPB to request adjustments to your information.

Participants facing a financial crisis may contact AFSC to have their file prioritized; however, they will be required to outline their circumstances in writing via email, fax, or mail.

AgriStability participants can choose from the following payment options:

  1. Payment at your bank – be sure to bring your Remittance Form
  2. Telephone banking – contact your bank and provide your subscription number
  3. Internet banking – contact your bank and provide your subscription number
  4. Payment in person or by mail – at any AFSC office

Changing what I produce
If you change commodities, expand or downsize your operation, AgriStability will adjust your reference margins to reflect your current operation. This is referred to as “structural change”.

Changing my legal structure
If you change the legal structure by incorporating, your fee, reference margins and production history will be transferred to the corporation. Corporations must submit Financial Statements, T2 Schedule 1 and an accrual to tax. Beginning in 2018, corporations must submit the tax information using the Alberta Statement A for Corporations/Co-operatives/Other Entities.

Changing circumstances due to death of a participant
The executor/beneficiary is responsible to ensure the estate meets AgriStability deadlines and requirements.
To help explain the steps that need to be followed when handling estate issues for AgriStability claims, refer to Technical Information Circular (TIC) #2 – Estates and Deceased Individuals. It can be found here.

If you no longer want to participate, you may opt out of the Program by providing written notice to AFSC. Written notice must be received by the enrolment notice deadline, April 30 of the program year you wish to opt out or 30 days after the issuance of your enrolment/fee notice. By opting out, you will be ineligible for benefits in the program year in which the opt out occurs. If you do not opt out by the deadline, your fees will still be owing and payable.

You can get back in by sending an Application for Fee Notice or a written request to enroll by April 30th of the program year in which you wish to participate.

Yes. Individuals who file their taxes on a T1163 Statement A will have their information sent to the AgriInvest Administration directly from CRA.

Corporations that participate in the AgriInvest Program should continue to submit their tax information to AFSC by the deadline of September 30. Beginning in 2018, corporations must submit their tax information on the Alberta Statement A for Corporations/Co-operatives/Other Entities. Clearly identify “AgriInvest only” on the first page.

Once enrolled you are considered to be participating until we receive an opt out request form. If you did not “opt out” of the program, your fees are still owed even though you may not have participated in the program. You will be sent a new enrolment/fee notice for the current year because you have not opted out of the program.

  • Call the Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372. Staff can assist with questions, forms, AFSC Connect, and can forward your call directly to staff working within the AgriStability Program.
  • Producers and authorized representatives can login to AFSC Connect for 24 hour access to:
    • Update contact information
    • View historical information
    • Check the status of their AgriStability application.
  • Visit any AFSC office. There are offices throughout Alberta. Find an office on the Contact page.
Crop Insurance

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) insurance clients can choose from the following payment options:

  1. Payment in person. Bring a cheque, money order or bank draft to any AFSC office or mail to the AFSC Central Office (Lacombe).
  2. Payment at your bank. Be sure to bring your subscription number.
  3. Internet banking. Add AFSC as a payee and use your subscription number for the account information. If you have multiple subscriptions, you will need to setup a separate AFSC payee for each subscription.
  4. Telephone banking. Contact your bank and provide your subscription number.

When AFSC receives payments by June 25 or within 15 days of the billing date, a 2 percent early payment discount is credited to the client. AFSC will also accept cheques that are postmarked to June 25. This does not apply to the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP).

Follow these steps to assign insurance for collateral with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC). Assignees must be an AFSC client.

  1. Complete the Assignment of Indemnity Form for Insurance and attach to the form a $45 non-refundable fee for each assignment that is submitted.
  2. Ensure all information is correct, and signatures (including a witness signature) are provided.
  3. Mail the form to:

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
Finance
5718 56 Avenue
Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1B1

When completed documents are received, the assignment will then be registered by AFSC and sent to the insured and the assignee. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

AFSC only accepts the receipted grade on sales from buyers that have a primary elevator or terminal elevator license from the CGC.

Grain buyers can be licensed in several classes by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) and the requirements differ for each grain class. Only in the terminal elevators and primary elevator classes are the licensees required to sample upon receipt and resolve grade and dockage issues through the CGC.

The following link shows the class of license for the individual grain companies www.grainscanada.gc.ca.

If grain is sold to a grain dealer, private buyer or process elevator before an AFSC on-farm inspector (OFI) performs a post-harvest inspection, AFSC may use the client’s samples based on the following conditions:

1. Clients need to contact their AFSC branch office and obtain approval to collect samples for AFSC grading purposes prior to the grain being removed. If clients do not receive approval before the grain is removed, AFSC will use the designated grade of the grain.

If grain is sold directly off the field:

  • if the sample is acceptable, AFSC will grade it and use the actual grade.
  • if the sample is not acceptable, AFSC will use the designated grade of the grain.If grain is sold from the bin and there is a minimum of 400 bushels remaining in the bin, OFI will compare the client’s sample to the grain in the bin to determine if the sample is acceptable:
  • if the grain sample is acceptable, it will be graded accordingly.
  • If the sample is not acceptable, a new sample will be taken from the bin.
  • if the sample is not acceptable and there are less than 400 bushels remaining in the bin, AFSC will use the designated grade of the grain. If the bin is being emptied, or if there will be less than 400 bushels remaining, clients can contact their branch prior to moving the grain for AFSC to come sample the grain before it is moved.

2. If approval is obtained, AFSC must receive a representative grain sample per truckload if sold off the field, or per bin. Sampling requirements are as follows:

  • Grain must be collected in a five-gallon pail that preserves moisture content, maintains sample integrity, and keeps out rodents and insects.
  • The sample needs to be obtained intermittently, such as while the grain is loaded into trucks for sales directly from the field or from each truck while unloading into bins.
  • Samples are to be stored in a manner acceptable to AFSC, and represent the quality of the crop that was sold.If a client saves a sample and AFSC determines that it is unrepresentative, AFSC will assign the grain its designated grade.For more information about this process, visit a local branch, send an email to info@afsc.ca or call 1.877.899.2372.

An Appeal Committee reviews an appeal by an insured individual who challenges a decision made by Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC).

To initiate an appeal:

  1. Complete the Notice of Appeal and ensure all information is correct.
  2. Attach the $300 appeal fee to the form. This fee will be refunded should the appeal be decided in your favour.  Note: For issues relating to the 2016 crop year the appeal fee will remain at $100 .
  3. Deliver it to any AFSC office or mail it to:

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
Finance
5718 56 Avenue
Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1B1

  1. Upon review of the application, AFSC may request to meet with you to explain relevant corporate policies.
  2. If unresolved, the application will be submitted to an Appeal Committee.
  3. The appeals secretary will be in contact to arrange a date and location of the appeal.

Additional information may be found in the Appeal Brochure

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) annually conducts production audits to verify the accuracy of our clients Harvest Production Reports. We do this in order to ensure we maintain the Annual Crop Production Insurance Program’s integrity and accuracy of the insurance coverage provided to our clients.  Each year, a five per cent sample of AFSC clients who have purchased production insurance for that crop year is randomly selected for audit.  This fundamental process has been in effect for a number of years.

When clients secure crop insurance, they agree to AFSC’s Contract of Insurance. The contract entails the obligation that clients allow AFSC immediate access to production records, lands and grain storage facilities for the purpose of an audit. Failure to meet this obligation is deemed a breach of the Contract of Insurance. The consequences of a breach are:

  • the insured production level for the crop year in question will be recorded as zero, and;
  • the client becoming ineligible to secure crop insurance with AFSC for the next two years.
Crop Insurance: Post-harvest processes

When clients file their Harvested Production Report (HPR), they are declaring their reported production for that crop year.

The HPR must be filed by November 15 for annual crop insurance, and gives the first indication if the client is in a production shortfall and eligible for a claim. HPRs filed between November 16 and December 31 will be charged a late filing fee. HPR will not be accepted after this date.

Clients can file their Harvested Production Report (HPR) online via AFSC Connect, by email to info@afsc.ca, by mail or fax. The deadline to file your annual crop HPR without penalty each year is November 15.

AFSC uses the information to determine the total production for each insured crop for two reasons:  first, to determine if the crop is in a production shortfall and what level of compensation you are owed; and second, to determine your ongoing individual coverage and premium for each insured crop

Each client has individual coverage based on their reported history for each insured crop. When the harvested production is less than the insured coverage, the crop is in a production shortfall and the client is eligible for compensation.

For payment by declaration AFSC uses the reported information on your HPR, including grade, weight and dockage, as the basis to calculate the level of payment owed to you — without an adjuster going out to your farm to measure and sample the harvest.

You may be selected for a random production review at a later date. If you are selected for a review, an adjuster will contact you to make an appointment. AFSC conducts these reviews to ensure continued program integrity.

Yes. AFSC offers two advance payment options that allow you to receive a portion of your claim prior to an adjuster completing an on-farm visit. If eligible, you can choose which advance type you want and which crops you want the advance on. As well, to help facilitate your tax planning you can defer both of the advance types.

Yes, in order to ensure the integrity of the insurance programs, AFSC performs a specific percentage of random production reviews each year.

If you are selected for a production review, you will be contacted by an AFSC adjuster to set up an appointment. During that appointment, all of the crops you insured will be measured and sampled to determine grade. If you have sold any production, AFSC asks that you have your receipts available for the adjuster during the on-farm visit.

If you previously received payment by declaration and are now selected for a production review, only the crops that were in a production shortfall will be measured and sampled.

Hail Insurance

If you are going to be away for a time period or have another need to assign someone as your Authorized Representative, you must complete the Third Party Authorized Representative Form  by logging in to AFSC Connect and uploading the form or returning it to your AFSC branch.

If you would like additional information, go online to AFSC.ca, log in to AFSC Connect and chat, or call our Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372 or your local branch.  Staff can assist you with any questions related to forms or the use of AFSC Connect.

After a storm, take the following steps:

Step 1 Check your insured fields to identify damaged areas prior to filing a hail claim. Assessing your fields following a hail storm will help speed up the process. Having non-damaged fields on your claim can impact wait times and will be subject to Hail Claim fees.

Step 2 Submit your hail claim online to AFSC within 14 calendar days following the storm occurrence date. Hail damage reports filed after 14 days will not be accepted.

Fees may apply for client-requested re-inspection or client-requested hail inspections where the damage is less than 10 per cent available.  Please refere to the AFSC Schedule of Fees for more information.

AFSC will complete one count per crop/field before the client is charged. Claims that have had a count completed and it is determined there is little to no damage will be withdrawn or a No Claim indicated.

If the client insists on looking at more areas or fields, the client will be subject to an $80 per hour inspection fee (rounded up to the nearest half hour) plus mileage to a maximum of $500 per day.

You can now file a hail claim online via AFSC Connect for Hail Endorsement, Straight Hail or both.

If you need help filing a claim, there is a ‘how to’ video available in our library  AFSC Connect Help Resources

Alternatively, clients or their Authorized Representative can call 1.877.899.2372, contact AFSC through chat, email info@afsc.ca or visit any AFSC branch office.

AFSC requires the following information when filing a report of hail damage:

  • legal location, crop type and number of acres affected;
  • date of the storm;
  • estimate of the percentage of damage for each crop after checking your fields;
  • and notification if you are considering putting this crop to an alternate use (silage, bale or plough down)

After the claim is submitted, an AFSC Adjuster will contact you or your Authorized Representative to make an appointment to conduct the inspection.

If fields are hit by a subsequent hail storm you will need to file an additional damage report before fields are inspected.

Sign in to the Online Hail Claim report on AFSC Connect and create a Hail Claim report with the second storm details.

AFSC Adjusters are following safe distancing protocols to ensure clients, adjusters and their families are safeguarded during the Alberta Relaunch strategy.

Clients should plan to accompany the Adjuster when they arrive, and follow safety protocol guidelines.

You must be able to show the Adjuster where the damage is, how to access the fields or exactly where to direct them.

AFSC’s Adjusters perform inspections in accordance with the AFSC Adjusting Procedure Manual, the Contract of Insurance, AFSC’s Code of Conduct, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) and directives issued by Inspection Services thus ensuring provincial consistency.

Our Claims Adjusters are committed to providing a fair assessment that compensates our clients for the insurable losses suffered, while maintaining the integrity of the program through:

  • Professionalism: as described in AFSC Code of Conduct
  • Transparency: clients are invited to accompany Adjusters during the inspection and hear the results and explanation of the assessment
  • Openness: Adjusters are able to answer any questions about how they determined their findings
  • Fairness: Adjusters will select locations in the field that accurately represent the field.
  • Integrity: Adjusters will assess any loss using established methods based on scientific research as described in our Adjusting Manual

If your crop has not been inspected and you are ready to begin harvest, please contact your AFSC office to obtain approval to leave representative inspection strips. Inspectors will use these strips to assess your crop’s damage, while still allowing you to begin or continue to harvest or swath. These strips are your responsibility to maintain, and they must meet the following criteria:

  • Leave a strip in from the field’s edge at a distance of one-third the width of that field.
  • Each strip should be a minimum of 10 feet wide and span the full length of the field.
  • Fields less than 100 acres require 2 strips.
  • Fields over 100 acres require an additional strip, for a total of 3 strips.
  • Fields that span multiple quarter sections require each quarter section to be treated as separate fields.

Inspection Strips

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Once the Adjuster has completed the inspection it is will be processed. When the inspection is finalized an indemnity will be issued.

Prior to a cheque being issued, AFSC allows for the deferral of indemnities. The request can be made during the inspection. Once a cheque has been issued there is no recourse to defer an indemnity.

Deferred indemnities are printed on the deferral date and will not be issued before that date. Outstanding amounts will be deducted from your indemnity. Interest begins to accrue on September 1 on any outstanding amount until the cheque is printed on the actual deferral date.

Lending

Filling out a loan application does not entitle applicants to a loan, we encourage applicants to contact a Lending Specialist to discuss their proposal before completing any forms. Please call 1.877.899.2372 or visit an AFSC office.

  1. Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) requires that you gather:
    1. Three years financial statements/income tax history
    2. Birth certificate or proof of Canadian citizenship for non-corporate applicants
    3. A certificate of owner/shareholders
    4. Information regarding products/services offered, key clients/industries serviced. View Elements of a Financial Proposal to guide you.
  2. Complete the following forms:
    1. Application for Loan Business
    2. Personal Financial Statement (complete for all shareholders)
    3. Personal History (complete for all key management personnel)
    4. Projection of Income and Expenses
    5. Schedule of Ownership and Management
    6. Credit Information Request
  3. Bring all of the above to an AFSC office near you.

Filling out a loan application does not entitle applicants to a loan. We encourage applicants to contact a Lending Specialist to discuss their proposal before completing any forms. Please call 1.877.899.2372 or visit any AFSC office.

  1. Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) requires that you gather:
    1. Three years financial statements/income tax history
    2. Birth certificate or proof of Canadian citizenship for non-corporate applicants
    3. Bill of sale/offer to purchase for asset purchases
  2. Complete the following forms:

Application for Loan
Personal History (complete for all key management personnel)
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
Credit Information Request
Farm Operating Statement: Farm Operating Statement Instructions  Farm Operating Statement

  1. Bring all of the above to an AFSC office.

Filling out a loan application does not entitle applicants to a loan. We encourage applicants to contact a Lending Specialist to discuss their proposal before completing any forms. Please call 1.877.899.2372 or visit any AFSC office.

  1. Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) requires that you gather:
    1. Three years financial statements/income tax history
    2. Birth certificate or proof of Canadian citizenship for non-corporate applicants
    3. Bill of sale/offer to purchase for asset purchases
  2. Complete the following forms:

Application for Loan
Personal History (complete for all key management personnel)
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
Credit Information Request
Farm Operating Statement: Farm Operating Statement Instructions  Farm Operating Statement

  1. Bring all of the above to an AFSC office.

Loan program participants can choose from four options to make loan payments:

  • Set up an automatic bank account withdrawal for the 1st or 20th of each month. To do this, complete the pre-authorized payment form and send it to any AFSC office.
  • With a current or post-dated cheque. These can be delivered in person or mailed to any AFSC office.
  • In person at most chartered banks or financial institutions. Remember to bring an AFSC payment notice slip.
  • Telephone and internet banking. Payments can be made where AFSC is registered and clients have set this service up with their bank.

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) staff are ready to help make loan payments as easy as possible. Call 1.877.899.2372, email info@afsc.ca or visit any AFSC office for more information.

Wildlife Damage Compensation

All wildlife damage reports will be filed online through AFSC Connect, beginning in September.

How compensation is assessed is also changing.

  • For damaged crops with production-based insurance, AFSC will use the insured’s yield from the Harvested Production Report.
  • For damaged crops with area-based insurance or crops not insured, AFSC will use an area average yield for the crop.

Producers are asked to report wildlife damage at minimum three days prior to the intended harvest date.

Beginning in September, all wildlife damage will be reported online through AFSC Connect.

If you have an AFSC Connect account, log in to your account, select My Insurance and click the Report Wildlife Damage

You should report your wildlife damage a minimum of three days prior to the intended harvest date.

If you have any questions while you complete the online process, use AFSC’s Live Chat feature or contact the AFSC Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372.

You can create an AFSC Connect account by going to the Login page, click on Login to AFSC Connect. You will then see an option to create an account.

There is a step-by step guide, Create an Online Account,  located under AFSC Connect Help Resources.

If you have questions during the set-up process, use the AFSC’s Live Chat feature or contact the AFSC Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372 to help you get set up.

There are several benefits to filing online, including 24/7 access so you can file when it’s convenient for you.

  • With online reporting, you will receive a case number for  tracking and inquiries.
  • Online reporting ensures your information is submitted efficiently and accurately.
  • Producers who have AFSC insurance will have their insured information prepopulated to select during the wildlife application process.

For wildlife damage to unharvested crops, you will need to provide land locations of the damaged fields, the type of crop and end use, the number of seeded acres and number of damaged acres, an estimate of the percent of wildlife damage, the cause of damage (wildlife or waterfowl), and your planned harvest date.

For wildlife damage to stacked hay, and silage or haylage in pits and tubes, you will need to have contacted Fish & Wildlife prior to submitting a claim.

For wildlife excreta damage, you will need to provide the land location where the damaged crop is stored, the type of crop and type of damage (wildlife, waterfowl), as well as the year the crop was harvested.

After submitting your information, you will receive a confirmation email regarding next steps.

AFSC will arrange to have an adjuster assess the wildlife-damaged crops. Damaged acres harvested before AFSC completes an assessment are not eligible for compensation. Undamaged acres can be harvested at any time.

For additional information, please contact AFSC using online chat, call our Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372 or contact a branch office. We are ready and available to answer your questions and assist you.

Payments are based on the losses to yield and grade from eligible wildlife. Wildlife compensation is based on the highest insurable dollar value for the crop in the current crop year.

For producers with production-based insurance, payments will be processed once the Harvested Production Report has been finalized and after the fall prices are available around mid-November.

For producers with area-based insurance and non-insured producers, payments will be processed based on the area average for the crop which will be determined early in the New Year.

WLPIP

Volatile market prices along with basis and the Canadian dollar all influence the financial return to a livestock operation and can be hard to manage. WLPIP is designed to reduce the financial risk to producers in Western Canada and protect against market unknowns.

Premiums are strongly influenced by market volatility and can increase due to factors facing the market. Premiums can also be quite economical when market volatility is relatively low. WLPIP offers a wide range of coverage which allows a producer to tailor their level of protection to the risk they want to insure and premium to the budget they can afford.

When a producer purchases a WLPIP insurance policy, it protects the producer’s investment on calves, feeders and fed calves and hogs. This program allows producers to pocket the increase in the market price while still having the peace of mind of protection from a potential market downturn.

If the fund goes into a deficit position, the Government of Canada and your provincial government cover the program. Producers have no risk that policies are not paid because the fund is in a deficit position. Existing policies will be honoured even in the case of a border closure or similar catastrophic market event.

Historically, the volume of calves sold outside of the fall calf run has been too low to provide the accurate market data needed to generate coverage and premium levels. Calf policies are offered from February 1 to May 30, 2019.

Absolutely. A producer can overlap a feeder policy on a calf policy and have a fed policy overlap a feeder policy all on the same weight.

WLPIP policies are settled based on the average price of electronic and auction mart sales, not on the sale of the livestock covered by your WLPIP policy. Breed or animal conditions do not influence settlement of individual policies.

Whether the market is high or low, there is still the need to protect one’s equity. WLPIP is a risk management tool meant to mitigate risk throughout the entire market cycle. When the market drops, WLPIP provides producers with a floor price; if prices increase over that period of time, a producer can benefit by selling livestock as he or she sees fit. WLPIP doesn’t limit producers to the floor price if the market goes up.

WLPIP does not require you to sell your animals. To mitigate risk, a  producer should match his or her policy lengths to the sale of their cattle, but if conditions change there is no commitment to sell livestock at a specific time. Producers do not need to provide documentation of sale because policy settlement is not determined from individual producer sales. It is based on the average cash price obtained from electronic and auction mart sales data.

Yes, heifers can be insured under any one of the Cattle Price Insurance Programs. However, coverage and settlement of the Feeder and Calf programs are based on average weekly steer prices. Indemnity is based on a comparison between the published steer settlement price and the producer’s chosen level of insured coverage. The difference determines if there was a decline in projected cattle prices from the time the producer purchased the policy.

Follow these steps to assign insurance for collateral with the Western Livestock Insurance Program (WLPIP). Assignees must be a WLPIP participant.

  1. Complete the WLPIP Assign of Indemnity form
  2. Ensure all information is correct, and signatures (including a witness signature) are provided.
  3. Mail the form to:

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
Finance
5718 56 Avenue
Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1B1