Livestock producers and beekeepers can now apply for phase two of the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance AgriRecovery initiative.

In response to severe drought conditions, the governments of Canada and Alberta worked together to rapidly deploy the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance AgriRecovery initiative, which has already helped thousands of livestock producers cover their extraordinary costs.

The second phase of this initiative, which opens January 5, provides continued assistance to eligible Alberta producers, who were hit hard by the 2021 drought. Together, the initial and secondary payments will put up to $340 million into the hands of producers to help them address the extraordinary costs incurred feeding their livestock during the 2021 drought.

“Our government has been quick to get producers the support they’ve needed during this last year of climate-change related challenges. Those in Alberta faced serious drought, so we worked collaboratively with our provincial counterparts on programs like AgriRecovery to help producers recover and focus on herd health.”

Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

In phase two of the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance initiative, producers can apply for additional compensation (a secondary payment) to help cover costs over and above the phase one initial payment. Due to prolonged dry weather and extreme high temperatures, many producers experienced reduced grazing capacity causing a severe economic hit.

“Alberta experienced exceedingly dry conditions this growing season, putting undue stress on the farmers, ranchers and producers who keep us all fed. Without this significant AgriRecovery response, Alberta producers risked losing their competitive advantage by having to sell off their livestock herds, and making difficult decisions surrounding the health of their animals. This program is providing much-needed relief to producers.”

Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development

Quick facts

  • Phase one of the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance initiative was open from Sept. 7 to Nov. 1, 2021 and provided an initial payment to producers.
  • The initiative received 14,740 applications paying out more than $180 million so far under phase one.
  • The secondary payment will be calculated using a feed-need calculation, supplemented by proof of eligible expenses, for all livestock with the exception of bees. Eligible beekeepers can be compensated for up to 70 per cent of the extraordinary costs associated with feed (pollen patties or syrup) required to prepare eligible hives for winter to a maximum of $7.50 per hive/colony.
  • 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.

Ready to apply for phase two?

There are two ways to apply:

  • online through AFSC Connect.
    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 pdf application. Applying online means faster processing of your application.

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.

More information can be found on the AgriRecovery page.