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Manitoba Beef Producers Thanks Government of Canada for Increasing AgriRecovery Funding

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) thanks the Government of Canada for increasing the total amount of AgriRecovery funding up to $500 million to help producers in several provinces, including Manitoba deal with the devastating consequences of drought and wildfires.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood made the announcement just hours before the federal election was called on August 15. This amount includes the initial federal funding commitment of $100 million announced by the Minister on August 6, 2021.

“MBP thanks the Minister for committing additional AgriRecovery funding to help producers deal with the serious challenges being posed by this devastating drought,” said MBP President Tyler Fulton. “The more swiftly the programs under AgriRecovery can be initiated and monies flowed, the better able farmers and ranchers in Manitoba and other drought-affected provinces will be able to plan for their individual operations. This is a positive announcement in very challenging times.”

The Manitoba government has committed $62 million for AgriRecovery initiatives in this province. MBP will continue to work with officials from both levels of government as the programs are finalized and rolled out to the affected producers. In Manitoba these will include initiatives such as feed assistance, feed transportation and cattle transportation, as well as a herd rebuilding program. Strategies like these will be key as producers deal with both the immediate drought-related needs and the recovery process.

MBP has a number of drought-related resources on its website at www.mbbeef.ca

August 16, 2021