Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba

November 28, 2008 10:53 ET

Targeted Advance Payments on the Way to Manitoba Livestock Producers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2008) - Manitoba livestock producers affected by flooding in the Interlake region this year, will be mailed information on the Targeted Advance Payment (TAP) available to them. The Targeted Advance Payment allows producers to receive an advance on their estimated 2008 AgriStability funding.

"We are committed to working with farmers and the province to address economic hardships as a result of excessive rain and overland flooding this year," said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "This program helps farmers by providing income now, to help them address this difficult situation."

"This financial assistance gives producers the timely access to funds that they need," said Rosann Wowchuk, Minister of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives. "The adverse weather conditions this year have created a financial hardship for many livestock producers in the Interlake and Westlake regions, and this joint funding agreement provides assistance to them during this time."

Approximately 850 producers from the region are eligible for an average payment of $8,400. Targeted advances allow governments to give farmers early access to some of their AgriStability funds quickly and easily.

Implementing 2008 targeted advances is part of a national action plan to help Canada's livestock producers, which includes making program payments under existing programs available earlier.

For more information, producers can call 1-866-367-8506 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, Monday to Friday.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
    Winnipeg, Manitoba