Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 15, 2008 11:24 ET

Applications Deadlines for the 2007 Cover Crop Protection Program Extended

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - The Government of Canada wants to ensure that all eligible farmers who were unable to plant commercial crops in 2007 due to spring flooding have an opportunity to apply for financial assistance. This government today announced that the applicant deadline for the 2007 Cover Crop Protection Program (CCPP) has been extended to June 30, 2008. Additionally, those farmers who filed late applications for CCPP assistance in 2007 will not need to re-submit a declaration.

This announcement, made by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, will provide eligible farmers with financial assistance to help them restore and protect their flood-damaged cropland.

"The Government of Canada wants to ensure that all eligible farmers have access to the financial assistance required to restore their flood-damaged cropland," said Minister Ritz. "This Government understands the realities of farming and that's why we've extended the deadline."

The CCPP is a $140 million Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) initiative to help those farmers enrolled in provincial production insurance programs offset the costs of repairing damage to productive farmland. Farmers can also help reduce soil erosion and related damages due to spring flooding or excessive moisture through the CCPP.

Farmers enrolled in production insurance programs will be sent a declaration form by registered mail, along with additional details about program eligibility. Applicants can also call the AAFC toll-free line at 1-800-667-8567 to determine eligibility.

AAFC is working with provincial and industry partners to develop programs and promote sustainable soil management practices to reduce erosion caused by excess moisture. For more information, visit www.agr.gc.ca/ccpp.

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
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059