Canola Farmers Welcome AgriRecovery Relief for Flooded Regions
 
Winnipeg, Manitoba – July 8, 2010    The Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) welcomes today’s announcement by the Governments of Canada, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba to provide up to $450 million or $30 per acre in AgriRecovery disaster relief to farmers affected by excess moisture and flooding in some areas of western Canada.
 
“For those farmers who have been most severely impacted by this spring’s unusual flooding situation, this funding will be important for financial stability and will help those affected get cropland back into condition,” said Ed Schafer, President of the CCGA. “The speed at which both levels of government have worked together to get this program in place sends a clear message to Canadian farmers that agriculture is an essential contributor to Canada’s economy.”
 
The AgriRecovery announcement will complement existing programs, such as AgriStability, crop insurance and AgriInvest. “We ask the federal and provincial governments to maintain their commitments to fully fund all existing business risk management programs, as these programs are cornerstones of managing business risk on the farm,” said Schafer.
 
The Canadian Canola Growers Association represents 50,000 canola farmers on national and international issues that impact farm profitability.
 
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Contact:
Kelly Green, Director, Communications
Canadian Canola Growers Association
Phone: 204.789.8821
E-mail: kellyg@ccga.ca