Hay West Initiative 2021 receives federal funding

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Farmers help their fellow producers by sending much-needed feed.

Drought in western Canada and northern Ontario as well as flooding and landslides in British Columbia created food shortages.

Despite these challenges, many showed their solidarity to help fellow farmers and ranchers across the country.

The Hay West 2021 initiative has already seen millions of pounds of food transported to needed areas.

Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said an additional $ 3 million would be provided to help offset hay transportation costs.

In September, the government approved $ 1 million, which was used to transport about 150 shipments or 5.6 million pounds of hay to feed 16,750 cattle.

“The past year for our producers has been marked by many challenges related to climate change. They have shown great strength of character, a will to rebuild, extraordinary resilience and exceptional solidarity. They could count on each other and our government no matter where they were in the country which made it easier for everyone to bounce back. By investing in Hay West, our government is strengthening the solidarity that unites our agricultural producers, ”Bibeau said in a statement.

All donations are used directly to pay for transportation costs to move hay across Canada and the necessary logistical support. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) has sent over 5.5 million pounds of hay to the West, but demand is excellent and more funding is needed to send as much hay as possible over the next few months.

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) general manager Chad MacPherson said the additional funds to cover transportation costs are good news for growers who can receive the feed.

“It certainly provides some support at a time when producers are looking for feed at this time of year. Any additional food we can bring to the Prairies is welcome, ”said MacPherson. “Anything we can bring back from other places, whether it’s corn from the United States or hay from eastern Canada, helps producers prepare rations for the winter. ”

MacPherson said all of this goes a long way in helping producers keep their animals through the winter.

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