Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan

January 10, 2008 12:58 ET

The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan Provide Assistance to Saskatchewan Hog Producers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2008) - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and the Honourable Bob Bjornerud, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture, are jointly implementing the Targeted Advance Payments (TAP) program for Saskatchewan hog producers. Saskatchewan hog producers will be eligible to receive timely payments under the 2007 AgriStability program to help ease economic conditions currently affecting the industry.

AgriStability replaces the coverage available under the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program for margin declines of more than 15 per cent. These advances under AgriStability are being put in place to allow the Province to respond quickly to industry issues and provide timely funding.

"This targeted advance will help us get money into the hands of producers as quickly as possible", said Minister Ritz. "We will continue to support farmers and farm families in Saskatchewan and across the country with programs that are simple, predictable, and bankable."

"Help for the hog industry is so desperately needed in this province," said Minister Bjornerud. "I am pleased to be able to work together with the federal government to provide timely assistance to producers."

Eligible producers will be contacted soon and provided with information on the advance amount they may be eligible for. Payments will be made based on 60 per cent of a producer's estimated final payment under AgriStability.


BACKGROUNDER

Targeted Advance Payments for Saskatchewan Hog Producers

In response to extreme conditions such as natural disasters and price collapse which affect an entire industry or sector, provinces can request federal approval to implement Targeted Advance Payments under AgriStability. The Saskatchewan Government has taken this step and advances are now available for hog producers.

The advances will provide producers with 60 per cent of their estimated 2007 AgriStability benefit.

The advances will provide producers with 60 per cent of their estimated 2007 AgriStability benefit. The targeted advance is simple and quick. Producers will be informed by letter of the estimated 2007 advance to which they are entitled. To receive a payment, they simply have to sign and return the letter. The amount of the advance will be based on information which has already been submitted to the program administration, pertaining to their 2006 CAIS application.

Producers will begin receiving their letters the week of January 21, 2008. The deadline for producers to reply is March 31, 2008.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Todd MacKay
    Director of Communications
    613-759-1059
    or
    Ministry of Saskatchewan Agriculture
    Jenna Robertson
    Media Relations Officer
    306-387-2359