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Government urges producers take part in program

In an effort to make producers aware of its new AgriInvest Kickstart program, Government of Canada has extended its application deadline to April 14, 2008.


March 7, 2008
By Government of Canada

March 5, 2008

OTTAWA –The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring all farmers are aware of the $600 million AgriInvest Kickstart program and have enough time to apply. The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board announced today that the deadline for applications has been extended to April 14, 2008.


"This Government is delivering new, simpler, predictable and bankable programs for farmers." said Minister Ritz. "This extension will ensure farmers have enough time to learn about AgriInvest and the money available to kickstart their accounts."


To assist producers in the transition to the new suite of business risk management programs, the Government of Canada is providing a one time contribution of $600 million to kickstart AgriInvest accounts.


The majority of producers do not need to apply to the program and have already received a letter explaining their AgriInvest Kickstart benefit. Producers who have not received a letter need to apply by the April 14 deadline.


In Quebec, the program is delivered by La Financi re agricole du Québec. For more information, producers can contact La Financi re agricole at 1-800-749-3646 or visit the Web site at www.fadq.qc.ca.


For more information or to obtain program forms, producers can call, toll free, 1-866-367-8506 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, Monday to Friday, or visit the program Web site at www.agr.gc.ca/agriinvest.