Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 21, 2005 12:15 ET

AAFC: CAIS Representatives to Help Producers Affected by Flooding

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - July 21, 2005) - Representatives of the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program will be in ten Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) Growing Opportunities (GO) locations next week to assist producers who have been affected by flooding or excess moisture. (See attached backgrounders)

The CAIS program helps producers protect their farm income from both small and large declines. CAIS and Production Insurance are the two key programs to help producers manage the business risks of farming. Producers can access a portion of their CAIS payment early by completing a 2005 interim application. Interim applications have been mailed directly to more than 14,700 Manitoba producers who are enrolled in the 2005 CAIS program.

CAIS representatives will be in rural Manitoba in early August to:

- provide general information sessions for groups of producers on
how to complete the 2005 interim applications. The information
sessions will last for two hours from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and will
take place in ten different locations on Wednesday August 3 and on
Monday August 8. Producers who wish to attend do not need to
register (see attached backgrounder for information session dates
and locations).

- meet individually with producers who wish to speak one on one with
a CAIS representative. Producers can make an appointment by
contacting their local GO Office or GO Centre. (See attached
backgrounder for information on how to make an appointment).

To date, more than $1.7 billion has been distributed to Canadian producers through the CAIS program for the 2003 and 2004 program years. Governments are committed to providing effective programming that meets the needs of producers across the country.

For more information, producers can contact the CAIS administration toll free at 1-866-367-8506, visit the CAIS program Web site at or contact their local GO Office or GO Centre.

Backgrounders are available on CCNMatthews' website at the following address:

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972 or 1-866-345-7972
    Office of Minister Mitchell, Ottawa
    Elizabeth Whiting
    (613) 759-1059