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Province extends deadline for flood-recovery help for farmers

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:43 PDT, Wed May 25, 2022

Last Updated: 11:54 PDT, Wed May 25, 2022

B.C. farmers whose farms were damaged by floods in November 2021 can now apply to the Canada-BC Flood Recovery for Food Security Program until Aug. 31.

The program helps farmers return to production by reimbursing them for uninsured expenses they incurred on activities such as:

• Cleanup, repair, and restoration of land, barns, and animal shelters, and water and waste systems

• Returning flood-affected land and buildings to a safe state for agricultural production

• Repairing uninsurable essential farm infrastructure

• Repairing structures such as livestock-containment fences

• Renting temporary production facilities

• Installing drainage ditches and land-stabilization materials

• Animal welfare activities such as replacing feed, transporting livestock, veterinary care, and mortality disposal

• Replacing perennial plants not grown for sale

The enrolment deadline for farmers to begin their claim process is being extended from June 1 to Aug. 31. Processing of claims will continue after the deadline and farmers can continue submitting documents outlining their expenses after that date.

Funding for the Canada-BC Flood Recovery for Food Security Program is provided by the governments of Canada and British Columbia.

Program criteria and application forms are available online: gov.bc.ca/agrifloodrecovery

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