Business Risk Management (BRM) Programs for Farmers

Business Risk Management (BRM) programs are in place under Growing Forward to help farmers protect their income and manage risks such as drought, flooding, low prices, and increased input costs. Together, the following BRM programs provide protection for different types of losses:

AgriInvest

AgriInvest provides farmers with flexible coverage for small income declines as well as support for investments to mitigate risks or improve market income. Farmers deposit money into an AgriInvest account and receive matching government contributions.

Farmers still have time to participate in 2008 AgriInvest. The deadline to submit a form (which is harmonized with the AgriStability form) is September 30, 2009. Farmers can submit their 2008 AgriInvest form until December 31, 2009, but their matchable deposit will be reduced by 5% for each month or part of the month that the application is received after the September 30, 2009 deadline.

Farmers can withdraw the funds from their account at any time by simply calling Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and requesting a withdrawal.

For more information about AgriInvest or to request a withdrawal, visit the website at www.agr.gc.ca/agriinvest or call AAFC toll free at 1-866-367-8506.

AgriStability

AgriStability is a margin-based program that provides support when a farmer experiences larger farm income losses. AgriStability covers declines of more than 15% in a farmer's average income from previous years.

To participate in AgriStability, producers have to enroll in the program, pay a fee, and submit an application. The deadlines for producers to enroll in 2009 AgriStability was April 30, farmers who have never participated in AgriStability can call the AgriStability administrations in their province to request a New Participant Package for the 2010 AgriStability program year.

The deadline for farmers to submit their 2008 AgriStability form (which is harmonized with the AgriInvest form) without penalty is September 30, 2009; however, applications will be accepted until December 31, 2009 with penalty.

AgriStability interim payments are available to farmers who would like early access to their 2009 AgriStability benefit. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2010.

In British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon, AgriStability is delivered by the federal government. For more information, farmers in these areas can visit www.agr.gc.ca/agristability or contact AAFC toll free at 1-866-367-8506.

In Alberta, farmers can visit www.afsc.ca or contact Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) toll free at 1-877-744-7900.

In Ontario, farmers can visit www.agricorp.com or contact Agricorp toll free at 1-877-838-5144.

In Quebec, farmers can visit www.fadq.qc.ca or contact La Financière agricole toll free at 1-800-749-3646.

On Prince Edward Island, farmers can visit www.gov.pe.ca or contact the PEI Agricultural Insurance Corporation at 1-902-620-3091.

AgriInsurance

AgriInsurance provides insurance against production losses for specified perils (weather, pests, disease) and is being expanded to include more commodities. AgriInsurance is the first line of defence against production loss.

AgriInsurance is delivered provincially. For more information about deadlines and coverage, contact the following local agencies:

In British Columbia, contact your nearest Production Insurance office toll free:

Abbotsford: 1-888-221-7141
Kamloops: 1-888-823-3355
Dawson Creek: 1-877-772-2200
Kelowna: 1-888-332-3352
Fort St. John: 1-888-822-1345
Oliver: 1-888-812-8811

In Alberta, contact one of AFSC's 45 insurance offices toll free at 1-888-786-7475.

In Saskatchewan, contact the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation toll free at 1-888-935-0000.

In Manitoba, contact the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation at 1-204-239-3246.

In Ontario, contact Agricorp toll free at 1-888-247-4999.

In Quebec, contact La Financière agricole toll free at 1-800-749-3646.

In New Brunswick, contact the New Brunswick Crop Insurance Commission at 1-506-453-2185.

In Nova Scotia, contact the Nova Scotia Crop & Livestock Insurance Commission toll free at 1-800-565-6371.

On Prince Edward Island, contact PEI Agricultural Insurance Corporation at 1-902-368-4842.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Crop Insurance Agency at 1-709-637-2077.

AgriRecovery

AgriRecovery is a disaster relief framework which provides a coordinated process for federal, provincial and territorial governments to respond rapidly when disasters strike, filling gaps not covered by existing programs.

For more information about BRM programs, visit www.agr.gc.ca/brm or call AAFC toll free at 1-866-367-8506.