Help is on the way to B.C’s farmers for the challenging year that was 2018. New federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and provincial agriculture minister Lana Popham announced March 11, 2019 in Vernon, B.C. that they have triggered the late participation mechanism under the AgriStability program for the 2018 program year to help farmers access support to deal with income losses.
This new feature, introduced under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, means hundreds of additional B.C. farmers will be eligible to join and benefit from the program. This feature can be triggered by governments in situations where there is a significant income decline in the farm sector and a gap in program participation.
This is in addition to assistance previously announced by governments in October 2018 under the AgriRecovery disaster framework that provided up to $5 million to help the province’s agriculture sector recover from the agricultural losses caused by the 2018 wildfires. These fires consumed 1.3 million hectares of land, surpassing the record damage caused in 2017.
The announcement is part of Minister Bibeau’s first agricultural tour, which includes stops in Vernon and Kelowna, B.C. and Calgary, Alberta.
More information on late participation for 2018 AgriStability will be mailed to B.C. farmers in the coming weeks. Information on AgriStability can be found on the program website or by calling the British Columbia program administration at 1-877-343-2767.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, March 11, 2019 news release