Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, highlighted the new federal-provincial AgriRecovery initiative that will provide assistance for livestock producers in Manitoba who face the extraordinary costs of purchasing and transporting sufficient feed to maintain their breeding stocks over the winter following an extremely wet growing season.
"Our Government recognizes the difficult situation that many livestock producers in southwestern Manitoba are experiencing because of the extremely wet conditions during this past spring," said Maguire. "I will continue working hard with our Government to build strong, prosperous communities in Westman."
Canada's Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced the 2014 Canada-Manitoba Forage Shortfall and Transportation Assistance Initiative.
The Initiative will provide assistance of up to $0.16 per tonne per loaded kilometre for the transportation of forage/feed and up to $0.08 per head per loaded kilometre for the transportation of breeding livestock and their unweaned calves to feed sources.
To ensure payments are targeted to those most affected, payments will be calculated based on individual need and receipts will be required to ensure producers have incurred eligible transportation and feed costs.
"Beef producers play an important role in creating economic growth in Manitoba," said Minister Ritz. "This support, combined with that available through existing programs will help producers with the extraordinary costs of accessing forage for their herds over the coming winter months."
Additional program information and application forms will be available later this week at Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) Growing Opportunities (GO) Offices and online at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture.
- There are 460,000 beef cows on Manitoba farms, generating an estimated $620 million in farm cash receipts.
- Extreme weather conditions in May and June 2014 resulted in significant forage shortages for livestock in Manitoba.
- This federal-provincial initiative is being delivered under the AgriRecovery Framework, which allows governments to respond to unforeseen disasters that result in extraordinary costs for producers and where assistance required is beyond what is available under existing programs. Producers are encouraged to continue to make full use of existing government programs - AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest, designed to help them mitigate income and production losses due to disaster events.