5 things to have ready when applying for a Cash AdvanceMarch 23, 2018Hub ArticleAt Canadian Canola Growers Association, we're well underway this month receiving applications for cash advances that will be available in April. We have several ways you can apply for a cash advance: 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 calling 1-866-745-2256 and completing a telephone application through our customer contact centre. If you spend 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. Here are five things you should have on hand when you call our toll-free number. With this information ready, your call will go more smoothly and you'll be closer to having the advance funds you're applying for. 1. Your APP IDIf 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. Partner or shareholder infoIf 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. 3. Security paperworkIntended 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 your eligibility. Our account representative will ask about your coverage level during the application process. 4. Seeding intentionsIf 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. 5. Soil typeWhen 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.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 Frequently Asked Questions 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.