Hail will be a little less of a threat this year for Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects.
Alberta Financial Services Corporation is donating the first $80 an acre of hail insurance for every growing project in the province.
There are 35 growing projects in Alberta this year and having hail insurance “provides a great sense of relief when storm clouds come rolling in,” said Mikaela LeMay, a co-ordinator for the Young Guns growing project near Trochu.
Last year the projects raised $1.7 million for the Foodgrains Bank. Farmers donate their time and the use of the equipment, local suppliers and businesses often donate inputs or cover their costs, and communities put on numerous associated fundraisers.