Cattle farming is a type of business that involves producing cows, bulls, oxen, and calves for various reasons, the most common of which are dairy, beef, and leather. Keeping cattle farms up and running necessitates fields for early feeding and “feedlots” where cattle are fattened up for slaughter. Handling, grazing, housing, fly control, and reproduction are part of the process.
All these processes require a huge amount of investment, and small farmers can’t gather a huge amount of funding on their own. Sometimes, they rely on loans, grants and subsidies to meet these expenses, and various government grants can help with these expenses.
Advance Payments Program
The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a government loan guarantee program that makes low-interest financial advances available to agricultural producers. You can get up to $1,000,000 in total advances every programme year based on the value of your qualified agricultural products, with the government of Canada covering the interest on the first $100,000 of your advance. Advances are reimbursed as you sell your agricultural products, with most commodities taking up to 18 months to fully repay the loan (up to 24 months for cattle and bison). APP advances might help you meet your financial obligations while you wait to sell your agricultural produce. The program can help you gain marketing flexibility, allowing you to sell agricultural products based on market conditions rather than needing cash to meet immediate financial obligations. APP advances are offered across Canada through 33 participating producer organizations or APP Administrators.
How much money can you get?
You may be eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 every program year through the APP if you meet the following criteria:
- The federal government pays interest on the first $100,000 per program year, with preferential interest rates on advance amounts over $100,000.
- Your cash advance is based on up to 50% of the estimated market value of the qualified agricultural items you will produce or store. You cannot have more than $1,000,000 in outstanding advances at any time.
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Beef Cattle – Producer Rebate Program
The Beef Cattle – Producer Rebate Program reimburses beef cattle producers for veterinary evaluations, VBP+ audits and approved qualifying equipment expenses that improve biosecurity and animal welfare procedures.
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for a rebate:
- You are a Saskatchewan beef producer (individual, partnership, corporation) or a First Nations Band;
- you are at least 18 years old; you file income tax in Saskatchewan and can demonstrate a minimum $50,000 gross farm income in the year of application or the year before the application;
- You are a First Nations individual or a First Nations Band carrying on the farming business. You can demonstrate a minimum $50,000 gross farm income in the year of application or the year before the application.
Deadline Date: Ongoing
Contact Name: Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Cattle Herd Health Assistance Program (CHHAP)
Through preventative medicine concepts, the Cattle Herd Health Assistance Program (CHHAP) aims to encourage cattle owners to regularly use a veterinarian’s professional services for the maintenance and enhancement of herd health.
Cattle owners having a herd of fifteen or more mature cows are either: 1. enrolled in Atlantic Dairy Livestock Improvement Corporation (ADLIC), or 2. have employed a veterinarian for the above-stated purpose at regular intervals of four to twelve weeks for the previous year.
Contact Name: Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Phone Number: 902-893-6540
Capacity Building by Protein Industries Canada
Protein Industries Canada is focused on increasing capacity in the plant protein sector in Canada to benefit our members and the whole value chain.
Protein Industries Canada invests in two areas: Technology — Collaboration with private sector enterprises to develop new goods, technologies, and services that will aid in expanding the value-added processing sector.
Capacity Building — Co-investment to aid in creating a competitive and sustainable global business environment and encourage innovative ways of doing business within the sector. Capacity building is a long-term, transformational investment that will benefit the entire sector.
The Capacity Building Program’s three main goals are to help create a competitive and sustainable business climate, encourage new approaches to conduct business within the sector, and build capacity within the sector.
Members and industry consultations, conversations with diverse stakeholders, and information gathered from reviewing projects in the Technology Program were used to determine the Capacity Building priorities and goals.
Contact Name: Protein Industries Canada
Phone Number: 1 (306) 949-0049
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Ag Action – Farmers
Farmers can participate in Ag Action – Farmers initiatives that support the growth and sustainability of primary agriculture in Manitoba.
Applicants who are eligible
All farmers, including new and inexperienced ones.
Farm management skills training and professional consulting services to increase company management practices, financial planning, and analysis are also eligible for financing.
Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) – help farmers improve sustainability and decrease environmental risks on their farms by funding the adoption of BMPs indicated in Environmental Farm Plans.
Research and Innovation – promotes basic and applied research, capacity building, and information transfer to help the agriculture industry grow and thrive.
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Farm Management Canada
Farm Management Canada has launched a new student sponsorship initiative to help students attend our annual Agricultural Excellence (AgEx) Conference, which will be held December 15-17, 2020. Seeding Excellence wants to help the future generation of farmers by sponsoring a college or university student (or numerous students) to attend the Agricultural Excellence Conference. The Agricultural Excellence (AgEx) Conference focuses on supporting important farm business management principles and practices, encouraging farmers from all areas and production sectors to share thoughts and learn from industry experts about effective management techniques. The student can be from any field of study or program, whether agriculture, Tech, or Business.
Cattle and Sheep Industry Enhancement Program
The Cattle and Sheep Industry Enhancement Program aims to increase the competitiveness and resilience of the cattle and sheep industries by:
The goals are to improve animal health and welfare, disease prevention and control, and genetic potential.
Improved practices can help farms stay committed to the industry’s long-term viability and expansion by supporting: Education and awareness, as well as the use of safe handling equipment and training, the use of fresh pastures to reduce parasite load, and performance evaluation testing
A farm that meets the following criteria qualifies as an eligible applicant:
- is currently and properly registered under the Farm Registration Act in the correct income category; is at least 19 years old and actively farming throughout the programme year; has earned an annual eligible gross commodity revenue of $30,000;
- A Premise Identification is required for producers.
- Is a member of the Sheep Producers Association of Nova Scotia (“SPANS”) and is currently in good standing?
Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA) Program
The Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA) is a loan guarantee scheme to make loans to farmers and agricultural cooperatives more accessible. Farmers can use these loans to start, enhance, and expand their farms, and agricultural cooperatives can use them to process, distribute, and market their products.
Under the CALA, the federal government guarantees payback of 95% of a net loss on an eligible loan to the lender.
A single farm operation’s maximum aggregate borrowing limit is $500,000.
Loans are limited to the following amounts:
- $500,000 for land acquisition and building construction or renovation
- $350,000 for any additional loan needs, such as consolidation or refinancing
With the Minister’s consent, the maximum aggregate credit ceiling for agricultural cooperatives is $3 million.
You can be eligible for a repayable loan guarantee of up to $500,000 as an agricultural producer to assist you in getting finance for your business.
Applicants that are eligible include:
- Farmers who are already in business
- Farmers who are just starting off
- Farmers are assuming control of the family farm.
- Agricultural cooperatives, in particular
Market Access Initiative
The Market Access Initiative, a focused programme to help the agri-food and agri-products sectors affected by trade barriers, has been suspended and is no longer accepting applications.
The Market Access Initiative is a targeted cost-share programme available to businesses and organizations throughout the Ontario supply chain that are directly involved in or support the production, processing, and/or sales of agri-food or agri-products for domestic or export markets and has been impacted by trade restrictions.
Applicants from across the Ontario supply value chain who are directly involved in or support the production, processing, and/or sales of agri-food or agri-products for domestic or export markets which trade restrictions have directly impacted.
Dairy Direct Payment Program
The Dairy Direct Payment Program’s goal is to assist dairy farmers as a result of market access commitments made under recent international trade agreements, such as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The federal government stated in August 2019 that it would provide $1.75 billion to supply-managed cow’s milk farmers. Direct payments of up to $345 million and $468 million were made available in 2019-20 and 2020-21, respectively. Over the next two years, the remaining $937 million in direct payments will be paid as follows:
- In 2021-2022, $469 million will be spent.
- In 2022-2023, $468 million will be spent.
Producers will be able to receive the full sum announced in direct payments.
The quota amount determined by the provincial milk marketing board or agency will be definitive. If the following occurs:
- The lessee will get the programme payment if the whole farm lease (where 100 percent of the quota is leased from one producer to another for an extended period and is not due to a calamity such as a fire, herd sickness, or producer illness) is completed.
- In partial leases, where a producer temporarily leases their quota or a portion of their quota to another producer for reasons such as fire, herd illness, or owner illness, the quota owner will receive the programme payment.