Applications for phase two of the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance AgriRecovery initiative are scheduled to open January 5, 2022. In phase two, producers can apply for additional compensation (a secondary payment) to help cover extraordinary costs over and above the phase one initial payment. Beekeepers are also eligible for phase two.
This AgriRecovery initiative helps Alberta’s livestock producers address the extraordinary costs incurred due to reduced grazing capacity in 2021 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 their livestock. Phase one was open from September 7 to November 1, 2021 and provided an initial payment to producers.
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. Proof of expense, if requested by the initiative’s administration, can be receipts or other supporting documentation.
The payment for bees will compensate beekeepers for up to 70 per cent of the extraordinary costs associated with feed (pollen patties or syrup) required to prepare eligible hives for winter. Maximum amount available is $7.50 per hive/colony. Beekeepers will need to provide proof of expenses, if requested.
Are you interested in participating in this AgriRecovery initiative?
Producers can take steps now to ensure they are ready to apply when phase two applications open. If you applied for phase one, please note you must complete the application for phase two under the same business name.
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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. If you didn’t apply online for phase one, you can do so for phase two. All you need to do is ensure you are signed up for AFSC Connect.
Once applications open, log in to AFSC Connect, navigate to the business you wish to apply under, look for the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance tile and click ‘Apply for Program’.
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.
If you are an AFSC client
- If you are already set up as an AFSC client and have an AFSC ID, you won’t need to go through the client set-up process again. You can proceed directly to completing an application when it is available.
- Applications will be available online through AFSC Connect. If you wish to complete an online application, you should confirm that you have an AFSC Connect account and are able to log in to your account. A downloadable pdf version of the application will also be available on AFSC.ca, however, applying online means faster processing of your application.
- The application must be completed in one session, from start to finish.
- Instructions for creating an AFSC Connect account are available on the AFSC website here: How to Create, Login, and Update Your AFSC Connect Account.
- Direct deposit is available to receive faster payments. Instructions for setting up direct deposit for payments are also available on the AFSC website here: Receiving a Payment from AFSC by Direct Deposit
If you are not an AFSC client
If you did not apply for phase one or are not currently an AFSC client, you 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.
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.
If you have questions about your specific situation, please call our Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372, use Live Chat on our website or AFSC Connect or contact your branch office.