Alberta producers who are eligible for benefits under the Alberta Farm Recovery Plan (AFRP) II can now complete one of the requirements necessary to receive their second benefit. Participants received their first benefit in June.
To receive the second installment in early 2009, cattle producers are required to age verify their 2008 calf crop and all livestock producers must register their farm with the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Premises Identification (PID) program by December 31, 2008.
Alberta Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) has sent PID forms to all producers who received a benefit in June. The forms will also be available on Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website, at www.agriculture.alberta.ca/premisesand on the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency’s website at www.alma.alberta.ca.
Producers who believe they are eligible for AFRP II, but have not received any previous benefits, should contact AFSC to apply. Producers of all livestock species, including cattle, hogs, bison, elk, horses, donkeys, mules, deer, llamas, alpacas, vicuna, reindeer, sheep and goats are eligible.
To speed up the processing of applications, producers are asked to ensure their PID forms include their AFSC Identification Number, which they received in the mail with the forms. Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) account identification is also required.
Producers with questions, or those who require assistance with the forms, can call AFSC at 1-800-396-0215, CCIA at 1-877-909-2333 or the Ag Info Centre at 310-FARM.