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2021 AgriStability Program - Information Guide for New and Rejoining Participants

Participate in 2021 AgriStability in four easy steps

Step 1: Complete the New and rejoining participant information form

To enrol in AgriStability for the 2021 program year:

Step 2: Enrol in AgriStabilty and pay your fee

We will send you an Enrolment Notice showing your program fee.

Step 3: File your 2021 AgriStability form by the deadline

Download a copy of the AgriStability form.

Step 4: File an income tax return by the deadline

If you need assistance, call us toll-free at: 1-866-367-8506 or TDD/TTY 613-773-2600.

Confidential information and participant consent

The information you submit on this form is collected under the authority of Section 4 of the Farm Income Protection Act (FIPA) and will be used for the purpose of calculating an Enrolment Notice. Your Enrolment Notice will show your contribution reference margin and the program fee you must pay in order to participate in AgriStability.

The Privacy Act protects information given on this form which is kept in personal information bank number AAFC PPU 183. By submitting the form, you:

Once you are enrolled in AgriStability, you:

Before you start

Use this guide to complete the form you need to enrol in the 2021 AgriStability Program.

This guide is for you if you did not participate in the program in the past two program years (i.e., the 2020 and 2019 program years).

If you received a Calculation of Program Benefits for either the 2020 or 2019 program year, we will automatically send you an Enrolment Notice or an invitation to participate.

Review this guide to make sure you fill out your form correctly. Providing correct information on your form helps us to calculate your fee accurately.

Once we receive your completed form, we will send you an Enrolment Notice showing your fee and fee deadline.

If you decide not to participate after you receive an Enrolment Notice, you must notify us by the deadline on your notice. Otherwise, we will automatically enrol you for AgriStability 2021 and you will owe the fee and a 20% penalty.

AgriStability overview

AgriStability is a voluntary program that provides support when you experience larger income losses.

AgriStability is based on margins:

Generally, you will receive an AgriStability payment when your program margin in the current year falls more than 30% below your applied reference margin. AgriStability covers 70% of your decline that is beyond the 30%.

2021 Reference margins will be calculated as follows:

We will request the information required to calculate your reference margin after we send you an Enrolment Notice showing your fee and fee deadline.

Participation overview

Participants include:

*If you farm as a landlord you are eligible only if you are in a joint venture with the tenant and your share of the allowable expenses is reasonable for your share of the allowable income.

To participate in AgriStability, you must:

*If you are Status Indian farming on a reserve and you are not required to file an income tax return, send us your farming income (loss) information you would have otherwise reported for income tax. We will assume you have a December 31st fiscal year-end.

Generally, you are eligible for AgriStability if you farm in Canada and earn income from producing primary agricultural products such as:

Agricultural products that you produce and process on your farm may also be eligible, for example strawberries made into jam.

For complete program rules, see the AgriStability Program Guidelines.

Important deadlines

We will reduce your benefit by $500 for each month (or part of a month) you submit your form between the initial and final deadline.

If a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or statutory holiday, you have until the next business day to send the information.

Where to send your completed form

Mail your completed form to:

AgriStability Administration
PO Box 3200
Winnipeg MB R3C 5R7

Or fax your form toll-free to: 1-877-949-4885

We suggest using registered mail or keeping your fax transmittal slip to show that you sent your form on time.

Completing your form

To participate in AgriStability, we must assign you a Participant Identification Number (PIN).

The PIN uniquely identifies your farm operation and protects the privacy of your information.

If you previously participated in AgriStability, you have a PIN. If not, we will assign one to you. Keep the number handy as you will need it for future contact and participation.

New and rejoining participant information

Participant identification

Participant name and address

Enter your first and last name, or business name (if applicable), address, telephone number and email address.

Enter your Participant Identification Number (PIN) if you have one. If you do not have a PIN, leave this field blank.

If you are an individual producer, provide your Social Insurance Number.

Provide your business tax number if you have been assigned one. Corporations must also provide the RC reference number.

If the operation is a trust or communal organization, provide the trust taxation number.

Farm type

Check the box that best describes your farming business.

If you are a Status Indian Band Farm, provide your Band number.

Main farmstead location

Enter the province/territory where all or the majority of your gross farming income was earned over the previous 5 years.

You can find a list of provincial/territorial jurisdictions (Rural Municipalities, Counties, Districts, etc.) in the Regional code list.

Language of preference

Enter your language of preference.

Partnership information

Complete this section if you are a partner in a partnership.

Enter your percentage share of the partnership.

Enter the PIN, name and percentage share for each partner involved in the partnership.

Corporation information

Complete this section if you are a shareholder in a corporation.

Report the name and PIN of the shareholder/members or group of related shareholders/ members who have controlling interest in the corporation.

Indicate if a shareholder previsously participated in AgriStability as an individual and transferred land or inventory to the corporation under Section 85 of the Income Tax Act. Attach a copy of the documents showing that a legal transfer to the corporation has taken place:

If you have paid your fee as an individual we will transfer it to your corporation once the signed documents are received. Your fee must also be paid by your Enrolment Notice deadline.

If the signed documents are not available when you send the form, send them when available.

If a corporation is a shareholder, report the names and PINs of the shareholders or group of related shareholders who have controlling interest in that corporation. Attach a separate sheet if necessary.

Productive units for new and rejoining participants

We will use this information to calculate your contribution reference margin for your Enrolment Notice.

Operation Number (#)

If you have more than one farming operation:

2021 Crop productive capacity

Fiscal period

Enter the year, month and day for the beginning and end of your farm's taxation year. Your farm's 2021 fiscal period must end in the 2021 tax year.

How to complete the columns

Code and crop description

Use the Productive capacity code list to report all crops by code and description that you:

If your crop is not listed, leave the code blank and provide a detailed crop description.


Report the number of acres you produced or expect to produce in the fiscal year.

For commodities not measured by acres, use the standard unit of measurement for that commodity.

Greenhouse and nursery operations (including floriculture) report in square metres.

Maple syrup operations report in hundreds of taps producing. If you have 350 taps producing, report 3.5 (350/100).

Crop share

If you are a tenant in a crop share, or a landlord in a joint venture crop share, report only your share of the acres.

You rent 300 acres in a crop share agreement. You receive 2/3 of the crop and pay 2/3 of the allowable expenses. Your landlord receives the remaining 1/3 of the crop and pays 1/3 of the allowable expenses.

You report your 2/3 share of the acreage:

Your landlord reports his 1/3 share of the acreage:

Multi-stage crops

If you grew or plan to grow a multi-stage crop that takes more than one year to reach full production, use the code that reflects the stage of production for the commodity.

Multi-stage crops include:

In New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, multi-stage crops also include:

Highbush blueberries and grapes

Start reporting your acres in the year you plant.

Lowbush blueberries

Start reporting your acres when you have cleared the land and started nurturing the plants.


Report your estimated sod acres (seeded, growing and harvested) based on their expected stage at the end of your fiscal year.

Echinacea and ginseng

Report acres in the establishment stage until the year of harvest.


Report acres in the establishment stage until production starts.

Christmas trees

There are two types of Christmas tree farming operations:

Tree farms plant their seedlings in a greenhouse, garden or tree farm and maintain them until harvested.

Report your total acres of trees based on their stage of growth or expected stage of growth at the end of your fiscal period.

To report your trees, use:

Managed natural tree stand operations select trees from existing forest and actively maintain them until harvest.

Report the acres of trees that you actively maintained as either pre-harvested (in the ground) or harvested (removed from the ground). Base the number of acres you report on 1000 trees per acre.

You have or expect to have 9,500 pre-harvested trees at the end of your fiscal year, report 9.5 acres (9,500/1,000).

Unseedable acres

Report all acres that you planned to seed in your fiscal year but could not because your land was too wet or too dry to seed.

At the beginning of the year you intended to grow canola on 300 acres. However, you only seeded 200 acres because of flooding. Report 200 for the number of acres and 100 as unseedable acres.

Other acres

Report your summerfallow, pasture or wasteland acres on the designated lines.

2021 Livestock productive capacity

Enter the total units for each category of livestock that you have owned, rented or leased.

Livestock lease agreements

If you lease animals but do not take 100% of the revenue from the animal, report only your share of the agreement.

If you lease 100 cows but only keep 60% of the calf crop, report 60 cows (100 × 60% = 60).

Code 104 - Cattle

Do not include calves that were born or you expect to be born in your fiscal year.

If you held your calves over to your next fiscal period, report them as feeder cattle next year if they have an appreciable gain in that fiscal period.

Codes 123 and 145 – Hogs

Report the number of sows in the breeding herd that farrowed or you expect to farrow.

Calculate the average number of breeding sows by dividing the births or expected births by your average birth rate per sow.


÷ 23
average birth rate per sow
= 435
average number of breeding sows

If your hog operation produced for only part of the year, make sure your average number of breeding sows is lower to reflect your reduced production.

Codes 105 and 106 - Number of feeder livestock - Cattle

Report only the animals that had or you expect will have an appreciable gain in your fiscal year (a 90 kg (200 lb) weight gain or a minimum of 60 days on feed).

Do not include the following animals in this section:

Codes 125 and 124 - Number of feeder livestock – Hogs

Do not include the following animals on these lines:

Code 141 (cattle) and 142 (hogs)

Report the number of animal feed days you had or expect to have. Animal feed days are the number of animals x number of days each animal was fed or will be fed.


animals fed
× 90
= 9,000
animal feed days
Supply managed commodities

Report the amount of quota or contract you have or expect to have.

Ranch fur operators

Report the number of females that birthed or you expect to birth.


Use the Productive capacity code list to find the codes and units needed to report your livestock not listed on the form. If the commodity is not listed, enter a description and leave the code blank.

Productive capacity code list for crops

Crop basket (excluding organic)
1 Barley
1 Beans, dried
1 Buckwheat
1 Camelina
1 Canary seed
1 Canola
1 Chickpeas
1 Corn
1 Fababeans
1 Flax
1 Greenfeed
1 Hemp
1 Kamut
1 Lentils
1 Linola
1 Millet
1 Mixed grain
1 Mustard
1 Niger seed
1 Oats
1 Oilseed radish
1 Peas
1 Quinoa
1 Rapeseed
1 Rye
1 Safflower
1 Screenings
1 Silage
1 Soybeans
1 Spelt
1 Sunflower
1 Sunola
1 Triticale
1 Wheat
Forage basket
Code Description
2 Alfalfa
2 Hay
2 Haylage
2 Swath grazing
Vegetable basket
3 Asparagus
3 Beans, fresh
3 Beets
3 Bok choi
3 Broccoflower
3 Broccoli
3 Brussels sprouts
3 Cabbage
3 Cantaloupes
3 Carrots
3 Cauliflower
3 Celery
3 Collards
3 Corn, sweet
3 Cucumbers
3 Edible flowers
3 Eggplant
3 Endive
3 Fiddle heads
3 Garlic
3 Gherkins
3 Gourds
3 Hazelnuts
3 Horseradish
3 Kale
3 Kohlrabi
3 Leeks
3 Lettuce
3 Melons
3 Onions
3 Parsnips
3 Peas
3 Peppers, green
3 Pumpkin
3 Radish
3 Rhubarb
3 Rutabagas
3 Salsify
3 Scorzonera
3 Shallots
3 Spinach
3 Squash
3 Sweet potatoes
3 Swiss chard
3 Tomatoes
3 Turnips
3 Walnuts
3 Watermelon
3 Zucchini
Forage seed basket
4 Alfalfa seed
4 Bentgrass seed
4 Birdsfoot seed
4 Black medic
4 Blue grama seed
4 Bromes seed
4 Chickling vetch seed
4 Clover seed
4 Fescue seed
4 Grass seed
4 Milkvetch seed
4 Native seed
4 Niger thistle
4 Rye grass seed
4 Sainfoin seed
4 Sloughgrass
4 Timothy seed
4 Wheat grass seed
Organic crop basket
6 Organic Barley
6 Organic Beans
6 Organic Buckwheat
6 Organic Camelina
6 Organic Canary seed
6 Organic Canola
6 Organic Caraway seed
6 Organic Chickpeas
6 Organic Corn
6 Organic Fababeans
6 Organic Flax
6 Organic Kamut
6 Organic Lentils
6 Organic Linola
6 Organic Mixed grain
6 Organic Mustard
6 Organic Oats
6 Organic Peas
6 Organic Quinoa
6 Organic Radish seed
6 Organic Rye
6 Organic Safflower
6 Organic Screenings
6 Organic Soybeans
6 Organic Spelt
6 Organic Sunflower
6 Organic Sunola
6 Organic Triticale
6 Organic Wheat
Herbs and spices basket
9 Anise
9 Arugula
9 Basil
9 Borage
9 Caraway seed
9 Chervil
9 Chives
9 Cilantro
9 Comfrey
9 Coriander
9 Cumin
9 Dill
9 Echinacea
9 Evening primrose
9 Fennel
9 Fenugreek
9 Fireweed
9 Gingko biloba
9 Ginseng
9 Kenaf
9 Lavender
9 Lemon balm
9 Marjoram
9 Mint
9 Monarda
9 Oregano
9 Parsley
9 Rosemary
9 Sage
9 St. John's wort
9 Stevia
9 Summer savory
9 Tarragon
9 Thyme
9 Watercress
Edible horticulture
Code Description
5030 Apples
5031 Apples, organic
5032 Apricots
5034 Artichokes
5000 Blackberries
5060 Blueberries, highbush (non-bearing year)
5059 Blueberries, highbush (planting year)
5061 Blueberries, highbush (years 1 to 2 of production)
5062 Blueberries, highbush (years 3 to 6 of production)
5063 Blueberries, highbush (years 7 to 9 of production)
5064 Blueberries, highbush (years 10+ of production)
5038 Cherries, sour
5040 Cherries, sweet
5007 Currants, black
5009 Currants, red
5010 Elderberries
5012 Gooseberries
5042 Grapefruit
4996 Grapes (non-bearing year)
4995 Grapes (planting year)
4997 Grapes (year 1 of production)
4998 Grapes (2+ of production)
5021 Haskap
5044 Kiwi fruit
5046 Lemons
5016 Loganberries
6930 Maple syrup
6931 Maple syrup, vacuum
6928 Mushrooms, brown
6929 Mushrooms, white
6934 Mustard leaves
5048 Nectarines
6922 Okra
5050 Oranges
5052 Peaches
5054 Pears
5056 Plums
7204 Potatoes, elite 1
7206 Potatoes, elite 2
7200 Potatoes, mini-tuber
6991 Potatoes, organic
7202 Potatoes, pre-elite
6990 Potatoes, processing
6992 Potatoes, seed
6994 Potatoes, sweet
6996 Potatoes, table
5058 Prunes
5018 Raspberries
6933 Rice, wild
5020 Saskatoon berries
5022 Sea buckthorn, berries
5024 Strawberries
5066 Wine (bottled)

Wine (bulk/pre-bottled)

Edible horticulture for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia only
Code Description
5099 Blueberries, lowbush (burn/sprout/mow)
5095 Blueberries, lowbush (establishment stage)
5098 Blueberries, lowbush (mature/full production)
5096 Blueberries, lowbush (primary production – 1st and 2nd harvest crop)
5097 Blueberries, lowbush (secondary production – 3rd and 4th harvest crop)
4990 Cranberries (establishment stage)
4991 Cranberries (1st year of production)
4992 Cranberries (2nd year of production)
4993 Cranberries (3rd year of production)
4994 Cranberries (4+ years of production)
Edible horticulture for Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Yukon only
Code Description
5004 Blueberries, lowbush
5006 Cranberries
Inedible horticulture
6959 Bedding plants
5001 Blackberry plants
5005 Blueberry plants
6960 Christmas trees, (establishment)
6961 Christmas Trees, (1st to 2nd years)
6962 Christmas trees, (3rd to 5th years)
6963 Christmas trees, (6th to 9th years)
6964 Christmas trees, (9+ years)
6966 Christmas trees, natural stand, harvested
6965 Christmas trees, natural stand, pre-harvest
5011 Currants, bushes
6951 Flowers, fresh cut
7106 Perennials, 1 gallon, indoor
7108 Perennials, 2 gallon, indoor
7110 Perennials, 1 gallon, field/container
7112 Perennials, 2 gallon, field/container
7104 Perennials, 4 inch
7102 Perennials, plugs/liners
7130 Perennials, potted, indoor
7132 Perennials, potted, outdoor, nursery
7134 Perennials, rootstock, field grown
7101 Plants, potted
6957 Raspberry plants (canes)
7073 Rhubarb plants
6943 Sod, acres growing
6945 Sod, acres harvested
6941 Sod, acres seeded
6956 Strawberry, plants
7117 Trees and shrubs, ball and burlap, field
7118 Trees and shrubs, 1 gallon, indoor
7120 Trees and shrubs, 2 gallon, indoor
7122 Trees and shrubs, 5 gallon, indoor
7124 Trees and shrubs, 1 gallon, field/container
7126 Trees and shrubs, 2 gallon, field/container
7128 Trees and shrubs, 5 gallon, field/container
7116 Trees and shrubs, 4 inch
7129 Trees and shrubs, caliper, field stock
7115 Trees and shrubs, high value ball and burlap, field stock
7114 Trees and shrubs, plugs/liners

Productive capacity code list for livestock


100 Alpaca Number of females that have birthed
101 Bison Number of females that have birthed
102 Feeder Bison (fed up to 700 lb) Number of animals fed
103 Finished Bison (fed over 700 lb) Number of animals fed
104 Cattle Number of females that have birthed
105 Feeder cattle (fed up to 900 lb) Number of animals fed
106 Finished cattle (fed over 900 lb) Number of animals fed
108 Chicken, Layers, Broiler Eggs for Hatching Number of producing hens
109 Chicken, Layers, Eggs for Consumption Number of producing hens
111 Finished Dairy Cattle (fed over 900 lb) Number of animals fed
112 Feeder Dairy Cattle (fed up to 900 lb) Number of animals fed
113 Dairy Number of kg of butterfat/day
115 Deer Number of females that have birthed
116 Ducks, Broiler Number sold
117 Elk Number of females that have birthed
118 Elk, Bulls Producing Velvet Number of bulls producing
119 Emu Number of females that have birthed
121 Geese, Broiler Number sold
122 Goats Number of females that have birthed
123 Hogs, farrow to finish Number of females that have birthed
124 Hogs, feeders (fed over 50 lb) Number of animals fed
125 Hogs, nursery (fed up to 50 lb) Number of animals fed
126 Honey bees, producing (hives) Number of hives producing
127 Horses Number of females that have birthed
128 Pregnant mare urine (PMU) produced Number of grams contracted
129 Leaf cutter bees, producing (gallons) Number of gallons of bees pollinating
130 Llama Number of females that have birthed
132 Ostrich Number of females that have birthed
136 Reindeer Number of females that have birthed
137 Rheas Number of females that have birthed
138 Sheep Number of females that have birthed
140 Wild boar Number of females that have birthed
141 Custom fed cattle Number of animal feed days
142 Custom fed hogs Number of animal feed days
143 Chicken, broilers Number of kg produced
144 Turkey, broilers Number of kg produced
145 Hogs, farrowing Number of females that have birthed
149 Semen, hogs Number of straws sold
150 Semen, elks Number of straws sold
151 Semen, cattle Number of straws sold
152 Semen, deer Number of straws sold
153 Turkey, breeder, hatching eggs Number of producing hens
154 Silkies, broilers Number sold
155 Silkies, breeder, hatching eggs Number of producing hens
156 Chicken, Taiwanese, broilers Number sold
157 Chicken, Taiwanese, breeder, hatching eggs Number of producing hens
158 Blue leg, broilers Number sold
159 Blue leg, breeder hatching eggs Number of producing hens
160 Partridge, broilers Number sold
161 Partridge, breeder hatching eggs Number of producing hens
162 Pheasant, ring neck, broilers Number sold
163 Pheasant, ring neck, breeder hatching eggs Number of producing hens
164 Pheasant, white, broilers Number sold
165 Pheasant, white, breeder, hatching eggs Number of producing hens
166 Quail, broilers Number sold
167 Quail, breeder hatching eggs Number of producing hens
168 Ducks, breeder hatching eggs Number of producing hens
169 Geese, breeder hatching eggs Number of producing hens
170 Squab, breeding set Number of breeding sets
171 Cattle, bred heifers Number sold
172 Sheep, feeders Number of animals fed
173 Elk, feeders Number of animals fed
175 Deer, feeders Number of animals fed
176 Horse, feeders Number of animals fed
177 Wild boar, finishers Number of animals fed
178 Donkeys Number of females that have birthed
180 Hogs, gilts Number sold
181 Custom fed bison Number of animal feed days
182 Custom fed sheep Number of animal feed days
183 Goats, feeders Number of animals fed
184 Custom fed, boats Number of animal feed days
186 Red deer, bulls producing velvet Number of bulls producing
187 Red deer Number of females that have birthed
188 Semen, red deer Number of straws sold
190 Custom fed elk Number of animal feed days
191 Goats, dairy Number of females in milk producing herd
192 Semen, horse Number of straws sold
193 Chinchillas Number of females that have birthed
194 Fox Number of females that have birthed
195 Mink Number of females that have birthed
196 Rabbits Number of females that have birthed
197 Chicken, pullets Number of animals fed
198 Custom fed, chicken, pullets Number of animals fed
199 Turkey, poults Number of poults hatched
200 Custom fed mink Number of animals fed

Regional code list

Manitoba Regional code list
Municipality numberMunicipality name
600 Alexander
601 Alonsa
102 Argyle
602 Armstrong
105 Bifrost - Riverton
153 Boissevain-Morton
109 Brenda-Waskada
110 Brokenhead
112 Cartier
167 Cartwright-Roblin
114 Clanwilliam-Erickson
115 Coldwell
116 Cornwallis
118 Dauphin
205 Deloraine-Winchester
119 DeSalaberry
120 Dufferin
121 East St. Paul
101 Ellice - Archie
124 Elton
127 Emerson-Franklin
126 Ethelbert
605 Fisher
323 Gilbert Plains
129 Gimli
187 Glenboro-South Cypress
142 Glenella-Landsdowne
606 Grahamdale
132 Grandview
111 Grassland
133 Grey
331 Hamiota
135 Hanover
609 Harrison Park
208 Headingley
182 Hillsburg-Roblin-Shell River
604 Kelsey
196 Killarney-Turtle Mountain
138 LaBroquerie
139 Lac du Bonnet
143 Lakeshore
144 Lorne
145 Louise
146 Macdonald
147 McCreary
149 Minitonas-Bowsman
159 Minto-Odanah
151 Montcalm
152 Morris
154 Mossey River
617 Mountain
188 Norfolk Treherne
155 North Cypress-Langford
156 North Norfolk
157 Oakland-Wawanesa
107 Oakview
161 Pembina
610 Piney
162 Pipestone
163 Portage la Prairie
192 Prairie Lakes
403 Prairie View
611 Reynolds
164 Rhineland
181 Riding Mountain West
165 Ritchot
443 Riverdale
168 Rockwood
169 Roland
170 Rosedale
353 Rossburn
172 Rosser
445 Russell-Binscarth
174 St. Andrews
175 Ste Anne
176 St. Clements
177 St. Francois Xavier
178 St. Laurent
359 Ste. Rose
184 Sifton
449 Souris-Glenwood
189 Springfield
190 Stanley
612 Stuartburn
193 Swan Valley West
194 Tache
195 Thompson
122 Two Borders
197 Victoria
198 Victoria Beach
199 Wallace-Woodworth
185 West Interlake
201 West St. Paul
200 Westlake-Gladstone
202 Whitehead
203 Whitemouth
590 Winnipeg, City
206 Woodlands
183 Yellowhead
New Brunswick Regional code list
County numberCounty name
6 Albert
11 Carleton
2 Charlotte
15 Gloucester
8 Kent
5 Kings
13 Madawaska
9 Northumberland
4 Queens
14 Restigouche
1 St John
3 Sunbury
12 Victoria
7 Westmorland
10 York
Nova Scotia Regional code list
County numberCounty name
5 Annapolis
14 Antigonish
17 Cape Breton
10 Colchester
11 Cumberland
3 Digby
13 Guysbourough
8 Hants
9 Halifax
15 Inverness
7 Kings
6 Lunenburg
12 Pictou
4 Queens
16 Richmond
1 Shelburne
18 Victoria
2 Yarmouth
Yukon Regional code list
District numberDistrict name
1 Dawson-Mayo
2 Kluane
3 Pelly-Faro-Carmacks
4 Watson Lake
5 Whitehorse
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