Alberta's Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Nate Horner says poultry farmers affected by avian influenza will be given allowed late participation for AgriStability in the 2022 program year.
The move means that any poultry producers who are not currently signed up for AgriStability can reach out to Agriculture Financial Services Corporation to enrol by February 28, 2023.
"Alberta’s producers have faced significant impacts, substantial losses and a great deal of stress during this time, and that is why we’re providing additional help to some producers. I commend Alberta’s poultry sector for its advocacy and information sharing over the past year to support producers during the avian influenza outbreak."
He cautions there is the potential for more infections as we move into spring, adding that he will continue to work with industry to identify any available tools and supports to mitigate avian influenza’s impacts.
Late participants in the AgriStability program must comply with all program requirements and deadlines.
It's important to note that under the program guidelines, payments to late participants, including any interim payments under the program, are reduced by 20 per cent.
AgriStability is a margin-based program designed to help producers manage large income declines.
Poultry producers interested in participating in the 2022 AgriStability program should contact Agriculture Financial Services Corporation through AFSC Connect or by calling 1-877-899-2372.