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Governments commit support to help Alberta producers deal with bovine tuberculosis quarantine

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/30/16 -- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier today announced that producers experiencing extraordinary costs due to bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) quarantine measures will be eligible for financial assistance under the AgriRecovery Framework.

The 2016 Bovine Tuberculosis Assistance Initiative will provide assistance to producers to cover the extraordinary costs they are facing as a result of the quarantine measures. This includes feeding and water infrastructure, feed for the animals, transportation, cleaning and disinfection as well as interest costs on loans due to the circumstances. Governments will be working with the industry in the coming days on the program specifics to ensure the program meets producers' needs while being delivered in a simple and timely manner.

In the meantime, producers can continue to access immediate help to address cash flow pressures through the Advance Payments Program. Under APP, producers are eligible for an advance up to $400,000, with the first $100,000 being interest free.

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"The Government of Canada understands that bovine tuberculosis is a serious challenge for affected producers. Governments will work in tandem with industry and producers to ensure that program details reflect the needs of producers and that the money flows as quickly and simply as possible."

- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"We know that this is a difficult time for producers who are facing financial challenges as a result of the bovine TB situation. The Government of Alberta recognizes the importance of our cattle industry to this province, and this commitment is an important step in providing our producers with the support they need."

- Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier

For more information, producers should contact AFSC toll free at 1-877-899-2372 or by email at info@AFSC.ca.

Quick Facts


--  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) notified the Canadian
    Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that a case of bovine tuberculosis (bovine
    TB) had been detected in a Canadian cow when it was slaughtered in the
    USA. The cow was from Alberta.


--  The Government of Canada is committed to protecting human and animal
    health, and has launched a full disease investigation.


--  Generally, findings of bovine TB do not pose a threat to public health
    in the Canadian context. This is due to the extremely low prevalence of
    the disease in Canada.


--  The federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) cost-shared suite of Business
    Risk Management (BRM) programs can assist producers experiencing severe
    income declines due to quarantine measures. AgriRecovery was designed as
    an FPT disaster relief framework intended to work together with the core
    BRM programs to help agricultural producers recover from natural
    disasters.


--  The 2016 Bovine Tuberculosis Assistance Initiative funding is pending
    the provincial government finalizing program authorities.


--  Producers may also be eligible for compensation through CFIA under the
    Health of Animals Act for animals ordered destroyed; other things
    ordered destroyed, such as contaminated feed or animal products; and the
    disposal costs of animals ordered destroyed.


--  Federal and provincial government officials are continuing to monitor
    the situation in Saskatchewan.

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Information on how to request an APP advance is available through an Advance Payment Program Administrator.

For more information concerning bovine TB please visit the CFIA's website at, http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/tuberculosis/eng/1330205978967/1330206128556.

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Contacts:
Guy Gallant
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
613-773-1059

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972

Renato Gandia
Press Secretary
Agriculture and Forestry
Office: (780) 638-9466
Mobile: (587) 988-9720
Renato.gandia@gov.ab.ca

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