(7 September 2011)
Saskatchewan’s farmers and ranchers continue to make incredible contributions to our province. Over the last two years, however, they’ve been hit hard by Mother Nature. Our government is continuing to take action to support farmers and ranchers during their time of need. That’s why we recently announced that the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) has provided a record $329 million to assist producers who were unable to seed due to excess moisture in 2011.
This record funding was provided for 13,500 claims under the Unseeded Acreage (USA) benefit, which was increased this year from $50 to $70 per eligible acre.
Over the last four years, our government has worked to improve the Crop Insurance Program, including providing the four largest budgets and average coverage levels in the program's history.
In addition, assistance is being provided under the 2011 Excess Moisture Program (EMP) of $30 per eligible acre for land that was too wet to seed or was seeded and then flooded out. All Saskatchewan producers are eligible for the EMP. SCIC is administering the program and will continue to process claims as quickly as possible. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2011.
More than $600 million has been made available under the EMP in 2010 and 2011 to help producers affected by excess moisture.
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