After a natural disaster, AgriRecovery helps producers recover extraordinary costs beyond what is available through other financial assistance programs.

On August 6, 2021, the Government of Alberta announced an AgriRecovery response, the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative, to help address the extraordinary costs being incurred by Alberta’s livestock producers because of reduced grazing capacity caused by prolonged dry weather and extreme high temperatures. The response provides support and cash flow for Alberta’s livestock producers and beekeepers to cover extraordinary expenses incurred to feed livestock.

AgriRecovery is a federal-provincial-territorial disaster relief framework to help agricultural producers with the extraordinary costs associated with recovering from natural disasters. Eligible costs will be supported on the 60-40 cost-shared federal-provincial basis outlined under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Applications for phase two of the Livestock Feed Assistance initiative are now open

There are two ways to apply:

  • online through AFSC Connect
    • The AFSC Connect online application is an easy, system-guided process.
      Applying online helps immediately identify errors or missing information. It also helps process your application faster.
    • Your application must be completed and submitted in one session.
      • Livestock producers will need the following information to complete the application: your Premises ID, number of head, expense date and amount.
      • Beekeepers must supply both a Premises ID, an Annual Registration Number, the number of colonies/hives.
    • As a bonus, every client who applies online for phase two through AFSC Connect will be entered into a contest for one of two prizes – a Milwaukee 18V impact wrench with grease gun combo or a Dewalt 20V grease gun kit.  Click here for full contest details.
    • NOTE: If you are new to AFSC, you must complete the client set up process – Getting Ready for AgriRecovery – before you create an AFSC Connect account.
  • downloadable application

Applications must be received by AFSC no later than 11:59 p.m. January 31, 2022 to be considered for this initiative.

Things to know

  • Producers do not need to have participated in phase one of the initiative to take part in phase two.
  • The secondary payment covers additional extraordinary costs over and above the initial payment. These payments will be based on the number of eligible animals on hand as of December 31.
  • Phase two also includes provisions for bee feed assistance. Participants will receive one payment for up to 70 per cent of the extraordinary costs association with preparing eligible bees for winter. They will receive up to $7.50 per colony/hive to assist with the costs to purchase pollen patties and syrup.
  • Producers who are current AFSC clients should ensure they have an AFSC Connect account and are signed up for direct deposit to receive program payments.
  • Producers who are not current AFSC clients (did not apply for phase one or are not currently an AFSC client), will need to be set up as an AFSC client for this AgriRecovery initiative. This step only applies to NEW clients; if you already have an AFSC ID number, you do not need to complete this step.
    •  The client set-up process MUST be completed prior completing an application for phase two. Begin the client set-up process by completing the client set-up form, found on the AFSC website here: Getting ready for AgriRecovery
    • Once the form is submitted, the client set-up process is underway. You will be contacted by AFSC, and once you are an AFSC client – you will have the ability to sign up for an online AFSC Connect account and direct deposit.
  • If you apply online, your application must be completed and submitted in one session.
    • Livestock producers will need the following information to complete the application: your Premises ID, number of head, expense date and amount.
    • Beekeepers must supply both a Premises ID, an Annual Registration Number, the number of colonies/hives.

For more information, please see Phase two AgriRecovery applications now open

Phase two: Common Questions

In episode 16 of the AFSC Podcast, Product Coordinator Ed Ten Hove sits down with AFSC’s Vice President – Product Innovation Emmet Hanrahan for a discussion about some of the common questions on phase two of the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance AgriRecovery initiative.

AgriRecovery Minutes

Producer Coordinator Ed Ten Hove discusses the ins and outs of phase two in this series of AgriRecovery Minutes.

Producers can take steps now to ensure a smooth process for phase two:

  • Preparing an inventory of breeding females on hand as of December 31, 2021
  • Keeping records for any expenses incurred for drought-related costs
  • Checking AFSC.ca regularly for updates and following AFSC on social media

For additional information, please call the AFSC Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372, use AFSC online chat, or contact a branch office. AFSC is available to answer your questions and assist you.