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How’s the weather on your farm?

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is seeking volunteers to submit weather and climate reports for their farm for the online tool called the Agroclimate Impact Reporter. The weather data is used to better understand local and regional conditions, and to help identify emerging trends and anomalies. It is also used for programs such as AgriRecovery and […] Read more

Livestock tax deferral regions announced

Ottawa recently announced its initial list of eligible regions for the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision months earlier than usual. There are 30 counties and special areas named in Alberta, concentrated along the southern side of the province and in the north and northwest. The provision allows producers who sell part of their breeding herd to […] Read more


Livestock producers receive tax relief for 2019

Drought in Western Canada and Quebec has prompted the federal government to release an initial list of regions eligible for livestock tax deferrals. The livestock tax deferral provision allows livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2019 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2020 to help […] Read more



Ten more counties eligible for tax relief

Livestock tax deferral program assists livestock producers who had to cull their herd this year

Another 10 Alberta municipalities are now eligible for the federal government’s livestock tax deferral program. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s initial list of eligible municipalities issued in September has been expanded to include many counties passed over the first time. Municipalities are only eligible for the program if forage yields fall below 50 per cent of […] Read more

Feds announce tax support for cattle producers

Measures will assist those hit by bovine TB outbreak and in areas affected by drought

Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle producers affected by bovine TB outbreak in 2016 and this year will receive additional tax relief. Farmers who received compensation under the Health of Animals Act from livestock destroyed due to the bovine tuberculosis outbreak in 2016 and 2017 in Alberta and Saskatchewan are eligible for livestock tax deferral provisions. These allow them to defer a […] Read more


Cash ticket deferral option to remain unchanged

The federal government is leaving its deferred cash purchase ticket policy unchanged. When listed grains (wheat, oats, barley, rye, flax, canola, rapeseed) are delivered for payment at a licensed elevator, an elevator operator can issue either a cash purchase ticket or a deferred cash purchase ticket, payable in the year following the year in which […] Read more

Feds announce tax support for farmers

In a news release distributed today linked to Budget 2017, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced tax relief to help farmers who received compensation under the Health of Animals Act from livestock destroyed due to the bovine tuberculosis outbreak in 2016 and 2017 in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The federal government also released its 2017 list of designated regions for livestock […] Read more


“I guess the thing that we noticed was the short supply of feed for our cattle — our hay yield is down to about 60 to 70 per cent of what it normally is.

Drought-stricken Peace Country producers get tax break but need rain

It’s been dry, dry, dry in the Peace Country and if the rains don’t come this year, they’ll ‘be hurting big time’

Cattle producers in northern Alberta can make use of an income tax deferral to help them weather the 2014 drought in the Peace Country. But what they really need is a break from Mother Nature. “In 2013, the Peace Country got average rainfall,” said Valleyview producer Roland Cailliau, a Zone 9 delegate with Alberta Beef […] Read more