5 things to have before applying for a cash advanceApril 6, 2017Hub ArticleAt Canadian Canola Growers Association, we're well underway receiving applications for 2017 cash advances and are now issuing Intended Seeding Advances on 40 field crops and Spring Livestock Advances for five livestock types.There are a number of ways you can apply for a cash advance. You can fax or email us a paper application, start an application online, or apply in-person at our Winnipeg office. But, the method many farmers find most convenient is completing a telephone application through our customer contact centre at 1-866-745-2256. If you spend just a few minutes preparing for your call with us, the process can be as short as 10 minutes, which gets you back to your spring farm work quickly.In order to make this process as easy as possible, we've prepared five things for you to have on hand when you call our toll-free number. With this information at the ready, your call will go more smoothly, and you'll be closer to having the advance funds you're applying for. 1. Your APP ID. If you've used the Advance Payments Program before, you already have an identification number, known as your APP ID. It can be found on correspondence you've received from CCGA, including cheque stubs, letters, account statements, as well as being included with your online account details. 2. Your security paperwork. Intended Seeding Advances must be secured with Crop Insurance, AgriStability, or Global Ag Risk Solutions' Production Cost Insurance, while Spring Livestock Advances must be secured by AgriStability. With this in mind, you'll need your security information in front of you to know what you're eligible for. Our account representative will ask about your coverage level during the application process. 3. Your seeding intentions. If you're applying for an advance on field crops, you'll need to know your seeding plans (i.e. number of acres) for each commodity you want to include on your advance. 4. Your soil type. When you're applying for a field crop advance, our account representatives will ask which soil type your crop will be grown in. Be sure to have that information ready as well. This information mostly applies to farmers in Manitoba. 5. Your partners or shareholders. If you're applying for the first time as a partnership, we will need to know the basic information (name, address, contact) of your partners. For cooperatives and corporations, we will need to know the same information about your shareholders. We'll also need this information if you've changed structure between your last cash advance and now.For more on how to apply for a cash advance, visit our Applying for a Cash Advance page. We are here to answer any application questions you may have as well, either through our online FAQ or by calling us at 1-866-745-2256, option 1.For more information on why a cash advance benefits your farm, visit our Why a Cash Advance? page.