Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 13, 2007 14:07 ET

Canada's New Government Commits $52 Million to Assist Canadian Farmers with Spring Flooding

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) - Canada's New Government is committing $52 million over the next four years through the Cover Crop Protection Program (CCPP) to assist agricultural producers who are unable to seed commercial crops due to spring flooding or excessive field moisture.

"Canada's New Government understands solutions are needed to deal with annual cropland flooding," said the Honourable Carol Skelton, Minister of National Revenue on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "Through the Cover Crop Protection Program, this government will help to ensure Canadian farmers have the support they need to restore and protect flood-damaged cropland."

For the 2007 planting season, CCPP payments will be targeted to areas that experienced abnormal levels of unseeded acreage due to spring flooding and excessive moisture. Producers enrolled in production insurance and unable to seed a commercial crop by the final seeding deadline may be eligible to receive CCPP payments of $15 per acre by filing a production insurance claim.

"The CCPP will target assistance this year to designated areas across Canada where an extraordinary number of unseeded acreage claims were filed due to wet conditions," explained Minister Skelton. "These areas of claim density will be identified in the coming weeks, at which point the program will be in a position to get under way."

"There are a lot of wet, unseeded acres in the province," said David Marit, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM). "We appreciate the federal government's recognition of the severity of the situation and encourage eligible producers to apply for financial assistance under the Cover Crop Protection Program."

Minister Strahl announced the CCPP in May 2006 as a Government of Canada initiative designed to provide financial assistance to all Canadian agricultural producers who were unable to plant a commercial crop in 2005 and/or 2006 due to excess field moisture. More than 22,000 producers were eligible for approximately $73 million in payments for 2005 and 2006 claims under this program.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 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, call Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at 1-800-667-8567 or visit www.agr.ca/ccpp.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Strahl's office
    Ted Yeomans
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059