Cape Breton farmers affected by excessive amounts of rain this summer can apply for higher interim payments through the AgriStability program, Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor announced today, Sept. 25. AgriStability, one of the new business risk-management programs for farmers, provides support after large income losses. The program is part of the five-year Growing Forward agreement signed by federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers in July. “We recommended an increase in interim payments to 75 per cent, up from 50 per cent, under AgriStability, to help these farmers who have experienced extraordinary wet weather conditions this year,” said Mr. Taylor. “I am pleased with how quickly federal and provincial officials met with the Cape Breton farmers to discuss the situation and to provide this assistance.” After evaluating the affected farms earlier this month, provincial and federal agriculture officials agree that federal-provincial programs will assist with the cash flow needed to cover the loss of crops caused by the weather conditions. AgriStability is available to all Canadian farmers, but those in Cape Breton are able to access a larger interim payment. “I want to encourage the Cape Breton farmers who are enrolled in AgriStability to submit their applications for interim payments as soon as possible,” said Mr. Taylor. “These payments will then be processed in a timely manner.” Producers enrolled in AgriInsurance, also known as Production Insurance, could have a significant portion of their crop losses covered through this program. They should contact the Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock and Insurance Commission staff if they have questions or to initiate a claim. AgriInsurance is also part of Growing Forward. Growing Forward programs are cost shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially.