Goverments provide help with 2016 Bovine Tuberculosis Assistance Initiative

Producers that are experiencing extraordinary costs due to bovine tuberculosis (also known as bovine TB) quarantine measures are now eligible for financial assistance under the AgriRecovery Framework.

The announcement was made today by Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier.

The initiative will provide assistance to producers to cover the extra costs that have come along with the latest quarantine measures.

The measures covered will include feeding and water infrastructure, feed for the animals, transportation, cleaning and disinfection as well as interest costs on loans due to the circumstances.

Producers in the meantime can continue to access immediate help to address cash flow pressures through the Advance Payments Program (APP).

Under APP, producers are eligible for an advance up to $400,000, with the first $100,000 being interest free.

  • Kara Oosterhuis