Applications open for emergency on-farm support fund

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The federal government is now accepting applications for its new Emergency On-Farm Support Fund, to support farmers during the pandemic.

The $35 million in the fund is available to farmers in Saskatchewan, Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories but not Ontario.

Agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says they will announce the programs being administered independently by the other provinces in the coming weeks.

“We had a discussion with each and every province and territory,” said Bibeau. “Some prefer to see the federal government manage the programs, some prefer to manage it themselves. Some already have a similar program that they will be able to improve.”

The fund will contribute to infrastructure improvements to workstations, living quarters, temporary and emergency housing both on and off the farm. Farmers can also get funding for personal protective equipment, sanitary stations, and any other health and safety measures as well as money to cover any extra costs associated with a COVID-19 outbreak.