Financial Assistance

AgriRecovery: Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance 

HOW TO APPLY

The below documents must be submitted together for your application to be reviewed:

     1. Application Form
     2. If first time applying - Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals
     3. Invoices for each purchase
     4. Proof of Payment for each invoice(e.g. cleared cheque, bank statement, credit or debit card receipt)
     5. Self-Haul Declaration (only if you hauled the feed)

See below for full program details and deadlines.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

AgriRecovery is a disaster relief framework under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership that provides a coordinated process for federal, provincial and territorial governments to respond rapidly when disasters affecting several producers occur. 

The Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing drought conditions. 

The program will help livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for assistance to:

·         buy and test feed for eligible livestock

·         transport purchased feed from distant locations 

Version 6 of the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance-Farmers Guidebook has been posted.

Drought 2021 - View the most recent industry webinar presentation to learn more about AgriRecovery: Drought Assistance program eligibility and details.

WHO QUALIFIES 

Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats, bison and elk. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. Elk producers must have a Game Farm Production Licence and only elk farmed under that licence are eligible.

The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program.

An applicant must:

·         be an individual who is 18 years of age or older at the time of application; a partnership, a corporation, a cooperative, a commune or a First Nation

·         own or lease the eligible animals as of the date of application, continue to own or lease the eligible animals from June 1, 2021 until March 15, 2022, and be responsible for the expenses related to feeding the eligible animals

·         be liable to pay income tax in Manitoba under the Income Tax Act (Canada), or is specifically exempted from filing income tax but is a permanent resident of Canada; and must file farm and expense tax forms 

Additional factors may be considered in determining the eligibility of the applicant, including the provision of false or misleading information by the applicant under other Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (ARD) or Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) programming, and amounts due and owing by the applicant under other ARD or MASC programming. 

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE 

Livestock Feed Assistance

Livestock feed assistance is provided for eligible activities and expenses incurred from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 for:

  • winter-feed purchased for eligible breeding animals.
  •  feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds 

Only purchased feed and feed testing is eligible for Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance. 

The feed must be consumed within the overwintering period. 

The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:

·      grazed corn and greenfeed

·      mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath

·      grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, screenings, dried distillers grain, and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator).
 

The following feeds are ineligible: 

  • High moisture feeds with low nutrient density.
  • Feeds that based on their name, label, registration, or contents are primarily intended for young stock.           

Feed additives and premixes, including molasses based products, vitamins, minerals, and oils and fats, are now eligible. The change is retroactive to June 1, 2021.

Payments for livestock feed assistance:

The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:

·    On a per head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison, elk and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats. 

·    Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison, elk and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. 

Purchases must be supported by invoices and proof of payment indicating the type of feed purchased, the number of tonnes purchased, the purchase price, the name and contact information of the seller, the date purchased, and type of feed tested and test completed, if applicable.

GST is not an eligible expense.

The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. 

Feed Transportation

Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates to eligible breeding animals to address feed shortages due to drought conditions. 

Payments for feed transportation:

Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. 

Payments for hay, straw, greenfeed, stover and silage will be based on following rates:

  • $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul
  • $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres 

Payments for grain and concentrates, and high moisture feeds approved by the Program Administrator, will be based on a rate of $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres.

Payments for each receipt provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less.

GST is not an eligible expense.

The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500.

Transportation assistance is additional to assistance that may be received for feed assistance.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR LIVESTOCK FEED ASSISTANCE AND FEED TRANSPORTATION 

Applicants must sign a declaration confirming the number of eligible breeding animals at the time of first application. If the applicant reduces the number of eligible animals after submitting the application form and before March 15, 2022, the program administrator may recalculate the eligible animals applied to all previous payments, which may result in an overpayment.


 HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

      1. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance - Farmers Guidebook for detailed
         information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements.

      2. Applicants are required to complete in full and submit the following documents:

     Application Form: Applicants must complete the Livestock Feed and Feed Transportation Form
     prescribed by the Administrator, declaring they meet all the program terms and conditions and
     that the information provided is complete and accurate.

     Declaration: Applicants will need to submit a Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals with their
     first claim to declare the number of eligible livestock that will be maintained and overwintered. If
     the number of eligible livestock changes from your initial declaration, you should contact the
     Program Administration and complete a new declaration form. On the declaration, provide the
     name of the corporation, business or individual to whom the cheque is payable. Corporations
     should indicate their business number on the form. Sole proprietorship and partnership should
     provide the social insurance number of the majority owner or main contact.

     Applicants who Self-Haul feed or livestock must complete a Producer Self-Haul Declaration and
     include it in their submission.

     Note: You can also pick up an application package at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or
     by calling us at 1-844-769-6224 to have an application package mailed to you.

      3. To be eligible for funding, the applicant's name must be on all submitted receipts and invoices.

      4. Include itemized invoices and receipts with your application form.

      5. Supporting documents and tools to assist you in completing your application 

      6. Your completed application form and supporting documents must be sent to an Authorized
          Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Representative by:

    Email

    Mail:

    Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
    AgriRecovery Drought Assistance
    903-401 York Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8

    Note: If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application you should contact us immediately by email.

    7. If your application is successful, you will receive a notification letter and cheque in the mail from
        the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC).

    8. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

          Applications will be received on an ongoing basis until April 15, 2022 (11:59 p.m. CST). 

WHO TO CONTACT

         Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
         AgriRecovery Drought Assistance
         903-401 York Avenue
         Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8
         Toll Free: 1-844-769-6224
         Email: ARD@gov.mb.ca