Canada, Manitoba governments increase drought assistance
By Bree Rody
Livestock farmers in Manitoba now qualify for more help under Canada and Manitoba’s AgriRecovery framework.
The provincial and federal governments have partnered to create the Herd Management Drought Assistance program under AgriRecovery. The program is intended to help livestock producers offset costs associated with replacing breeding animals that farmers had to cull due to feed shortages.
Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, said in a statement her “heart goes out” to Manitoban farmers. “Through this program and other initiatives, we are helping farmers bounce back from the drought and build the resiliency needed to be sustainable in the face of climate change.”
Eligible animals under the Herd Management Drought Assistance program include breeding females of beef cattle, bison, sheep, goats and elk. Producers must be supporting a minimum of 10 animals to qualify for assistance.