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November 12, 2014

Good news, bad news on AgriRecovery flood assistance: KAP

A vital component is missing from the federal-provincial announcement today of assistance for producers affected by the 2014 flood, said KAP vice-president Dan Mazier, and it will create serious hardships for many farmers.

“The announcement contains assistance for livestock producers through an AgriRecovery program, but there is absolutely nothing for flooded crop producers,” Mazier said.

“I toured the southwest region last summer and met crop producers who were anticipating they would be forced to leave the industry because of the ongoing wet cycle that has created devastation.”

Mazier said he is pleased with the assistance offered to cattle producers, many of whom lost pasture and the ability to grow winter feed supplies, and are now in “dire straits.” However, he says he cannot understand  the lack of recognition for the situation crop producers are in.

Excess Moisture Insurance has failed to compensate them for their crop losses because a five per cent deductible is added on cumulatively every time a claim is made, he explained. Caught in the ongoing wet weather pattern, a farmer can reach a deductible of 30 per cent as a result of repeat claims.

Mazier has said the deductible, combined with reduced government funding for other farm risk management programs, means crop producers are not receiving the same recovery assistance this year as they did after the 2011 flood.

“And now, their hopes have been dashed for assistance through an AgriRecovery program,” he said, noting that $108 million was provided in 2011 through AgriRecovery programs for crop producers affected by flooding, compared to zero in 2014.

Mazier, along with KAP vice-president Curtis McRae, did stress the assistance being given to cattle producers is welcome, especially at this point in time when the industry is in a position to grow.

“Producers are in a position to increase their herds, and this simply wasn’t going to be a reality because a lack of feed would have forced them to sell,” said McRae, himself a cattle producer.

“The transportation assistance announced today will help producers move feed to cattle or cattle to feed, and the forage assistance will help those along Lake Manitoba purchase feed – and that means they can hold onto their cattle.”

Despite this assistance, however, KAP continues to press for 100-per-cent compensation on losses as a result of artificial flooding or the operation of a water-control structure. It will also continue to press for improvements to farm business risk management programs that will make them more responsive to farm losses.

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For more information:
Curtis McRae, vice-president – 204-485-1274
Dan Mazier, vice-president – 204-720-4646 

Val Ominski, KAP communications co-ordinator – 204-697-1140 (ext. 3)