Governments release emergency assistance for beef farmers

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $5 million in immediate, emergency assistance to help the province’s beef farmers manage costs associated with the impacts of COVID-19.

The funding starts Monday.

Ontario beef farmers can apply for funding to help cover increased costs of feeding and setting aside market-ready cattle due to COVID-19 related processing delays.

The Canada-Ontario COVID-19 Beef Emergency Feed Maintenance Initiative is being offered through AgriRecovery, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The provincial contributions are part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 which will provide funding support for eligible farmers.

Additional details on program mechanics will be released soon.

Agricorp will deliver the programming and receive applications.

Last week, Cargill Meat Solutions in Guelph closed because of a number of COVID-19 cases detected among employees at the facility.