Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 05, 2005 11:53 ET

AAFC: Producers Encouraged to Apply for FIPP Before July 31

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 5, 2005) - The July 31 deadline is fast approaching for producers to apply for a payment under the $1 billion Farm Income Payment Program (FIPP).

"FIPP is providing immediate assistance to producers from all sectors affected by record low farm incomes," said Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell. "$706 million has gone out to producers since April to help them address their cash flow issues. I strongly urge producers to make use of the assistance which is available."

The FIPP program consists of two components:

- $841.5 million in general payments for all eligible Canadian
producers except producers of supply-managed commodities. In order
to be eligible, producers must have reported farming income for
Canadian income tax purposes for 2002.
- $155 million in direct payments to Canadian producers of cattle and
other specified ruminants, who reported farming income for tax
purposes for 2003.

The program was announced on March 29th. Program payments began flowing to producers in April. To date, 80,300 Canadian producers have received close to $110 million in direct payments and 171,700 producers have received more than $596 million in general payments.

Any producer who received assistance under the Transitional Industry Support Program in 2004should have automatically received a cheque for FIPP. Others simply have to submit basic information about their farm revenue and/or inventory of animals to apply for a payment. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2005.

Further information about eligibility requirements and application forms are available on AAFC's Web site at, or by calling 1-866-367-8506.

Contact Information

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