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Second payment application for drought support open

Ag producers can now apply for further support for livestock impacted by this year’s drought.

This as the the second payment application process under the 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative opened at the start of November. Producers may submit their applications detailing eligible livestock inventory as of December 31, 2021, and as well the Extraordinary Costs Self-Assessment. Payment Two requires a Premises Identification Number.

The federal ag minister indicated through the AgriRecovery program, the government is bringing support to producers impacted by the effects of the drought.

Saskatchewan’s ag minister noted that agriculture is the number one driver in the province with the livestock sector being a vital part of the industry.

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Producers who are yet to apply can still apply for Payment One, even as the Payment Two process has begun. Producers do not have to apply for Payment Two which is to support intended inventory, as of December 31, 2021 and to mitigate the negative impact of drought and the extraordinary expenses regarding winter feed. The deadline to apply is January 31st, 2022.

Payment One is to support the impact of the drought on grazing livestock this past summer based on August 1, 2021, eligible inventory.

The ministry has indicated that so far, the Initiative got about 8,670 total applications, accounting for approximately 1.24 million eligible animals. About 7,737 Payment One applications are paid to date, totalling some $109.6 million. Final date to receive payment is March 31st, 2022.

The Initiative comprises two payments totalling up to $200 per head for eligible female breeding cattle and bison, with adjustments made on animal unit equivalents for other livestock. The minimum is $500 for each payment. The maximum payment is capped at $3,000,000 per operation.

Producers do not need to be enrolled in any SCIC programs to qualify for funding.

More information can be obtained by calling 1-844-723-1211 or via email: [email protected].

Details and application forms are available on the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation’s (SCIC) website.

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