In response to severe drought conditions, the governments of Canada and Alberta worked together to rapidly deploy the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance AgriRecovery initiative, which has already helped thousands of livestock producers cover their extraordinary costs.
The second phase of this initiative, which opens Jan. 5, provides continued assistance to eligible Alberta producers, who were hit hard by the 2021 drought. Together, the initial and secondary payments will put up to $340 million into the hands of producers to help them address the extraordinary costs incurred feeding their livestock during the 2021 drought.
“Our government has been quick to get producers the support they’ve needed during this last year of climate-change related challenges. Those in Alberta faced serious drought, so we worked collaboratively with our provincial counterparts on programs like AgriRecovery to help producers recover and focus on herd health.”
In phase two of the Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance initiative, producers can apply for additional compensation (a secondary payment) to help cover costs over and above the phase one initial payment. Due to prolonged dry weather and extreme high temperatures, many producers experienced reduced grazing capacity causing a severe economic hit.
“Alberta experienced exceedingly dry conditions this growing season, putting undue stress on the farmers, ranchers and producers who keep us all fed. Without this significant AgriRecovery response, Alberta producers risked losing their competitive advantage by having to sell off their livestock herds, and making difficult decisions surrounding the health of their animals. This program is providing much-needed relief to producers.”