AgriStability Program Assistance on the Way

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AgriStability is a low-cost business risk management program designed to help farm operations facing large margin declines caused by production loss, increased costs or market conditions.

Coverage is personalized for each farm by using historical information, based on income tax and supplementary information.

Applying for AgriStability is as simple as calling the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) AgriStability Call Centre and requesting a new participant package, before the deadline date of Thursday, January 31, 2021, at 12:00 AM.

Official Opposition Agriculture Critic Trent Wotherspoon gave the following statement regarding the looming AgriStability deadline.

“It’s past time for the Sask. Party government to step up and fix AgriStability to make the program work for producers in our province. And time is running out. Saskatchewan agricultural groups and leaders are united in calling on Minister Marit to support these changes. We’ve been reaching out and listening to them and we’ve been pushing for these important changes as the Official Opposition in Saskatchewan.”

Wotherspoon continued, “The proposed changes, which are supported by Saskatchewan agriculture groups, would help fix the damaging cuts made in 2013. The changes would be cost-shared 60/40 by the federal and provincial governments and be retroactive for the 2020 year if the changes are agreed to soon - but the clock is ticking to make this happen. These changes have the federal government’s support, but the Sask. Party government is blocking these changes from becoming a reality.”

Talking about the importance of the program, Trent Wotherspoon said, “Fixing AgriStability is important to producers and farmers across Saskatchewan and particularly important to hard-hit livestock producers this past year. The Sask. Party government needs to step up and support these changes to increase AgriStability payment levels to 80% and remove the reference margin limit. The time is now to make this happen - we’ve got the opportunity to fix AgriStability and Saskatchewan producers can’t afford the cost of more inaction.”

Gary Horseman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Four-Town Journal