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.

This initiative provides compensation for extraordinary costs incurred by Alberta’s livestock producers due to reduced grazing capacity caused by the drought of 2021 for breeding females only.

There will be two stages to the initiative – an initial payment of $94 per head for beef cows (for other animals see conversions below) based on inventory as of August 6, 2021, and a secondary payment of up to $106 per head. The secondary payment, later this fall, will be available to producers who have experienced extraordinary costs, in excess of the initial payment of $94 per head. There is also support for Alberta’s beekeepers in this stage.

Are you interested in participating in this AgriRecovery initiative?

We appreciate your patience as we work through very high call volumes. Our response times are longer than usual. AgriRecovery applications remain open until October 31.


If you are an AFSC client: Current AFSC clients should ensure they have an AFSC Connect account and are signed up for direct deposit to receive program payments.

If you are not an AFSC client: If you are not currently an AFSC client you will need to be set up as an AFSC client for this AgriRecovery initiative. This is the first step, and must be completed prior to the application process.

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.

When does the application open?

We anticipate the application for the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative will be available next week.

All producers can take steps now to ensure a smooth process when the application is available by:

  • Preparing an inventory of breeding females on hand as of August 6, 2021
  • Keeping records for any expenses incurred for drought-related costs
  • Checking AFSC.ca regularly for updates and following AFSC on social media

For more information, call our Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372, email info@afsc.ca, or contact an AFSC branch office.