2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative second payment application now available

2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative second payment application now available

On Monday, November 1, 2021, the 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative launched the application for its second payment. Producers can now complete an application form, detailing eligible livestock inventory as of December 31, 2021, and the Extraordinary Costs Self-Assessment. Payment Two requires a Premcises Identification Number.

With the launch of the Payment Two application, producers yet to apply to this Initiative can still apply for Payment One. Producers must apply for Payment One before applying for Payment Two. Producers are not obligated to apply for the second payment. Payment One is to address the negative impact, due to drought, on grazing livestock this past summer and is based on August 1, 2021, eligible inventory. Payment Two is based on your intended inventory, as of December 31, 2021. This payment is intended to address the negative impact, due to drought, of extraordinary expenses regarding winter feed. The deadline to apply for all payments is January 31, 2022.

To date, the Initiative received approximately 7,975 total applications, accounting for approximately 1.2 million eligible animals. Roughly 6,000 Payment One applications are paid to date, totalling an approximate amount of $89.9 million. Final date to receive payment is March 31, 2022.

The 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative provides immediate relief to livestock producers. The Initiative consists of two payments totalling up to $200 per head for eligible female breeding cattle and bison, with adjustments made on animal unit equivalents for other livestock. The minimum payment will be $500 for each payment. The maximum total payments will be $3,000,000 per operation. Producers do not need to be enrolled in any SCIC programs to qualify for funding.

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