The governments of Canada and Alberta have agreed to allow Alberta's poultry producers to participate in the 2022 AgriStability program year, through late participation. Any producers not currently signed up for AgriStability will have an opportunity to sign up immediately.
Statement from Minister Horner on AgriStability options for poultry farmers
Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Nate Horner issued the following statement on business risk management options for poultry farmers impacted by avian influenza:
“In response to the avian influenza outbreak in 2022, Canada and Alberta have agreed to allow late participation in AgriStability for the 2022 program year. This means any poultry producers not currently signed up for AgriStability can reach out to Agriculture Financial Services Corporation to enrol by Feb. 28.
“Alberta’s producers have faced significant impacts, substantial losses and a great deal of stress during this time, and I hope this change offers additional help to some producers. I commend Alberta’s poultry sector for its advocacy and information sharing over the past year to support producers during the avian influenza outbreak.
“In recognition of the potential for more infections as we move into spring, I will continue to work with industry to identify any available tools and supports to mitigate avian influenza’s impacts.
“AgriStability is a margin-based program designed to help producers manage large income declines. Poultry producers interested in late acceptance for the 2022 AgriStability program should contact Agriculture Financial Services Corporation though AFSC Connect or by calling 1-877-899-2372.
“Late participants in AgriStability must comply with all program requirements and deadlines. Under the program guidelines, payments to late participants, including any interim payments under the program, are reduced by 20 per cent.”
The statement can also be viewed here: AgriStability for poultry farmers: Minister Horner | alberta.ca
- Late Participation Application – Poultry Producers
- AgriStability Handbook 2020-2022
- AgriStability Program Guidelines
Producers who have questions or need additional information can contact AFSC via Live Chat on AFSC Connect or AFSC.ca, call our Client Care Centre at 1.877.899.2372 or reach out to their preferred AFSC branch office.