The MLA for GP Wapiti and Alberta’s Agriculture Minister discussed the continuing problems of wet fields and unharvested crops in the legislature.
Wayne Drsydale asked about what was being done now that the Ag. Financial Services Corporation has been told to simplify inspections for insurance claims.
“Specifically, how will you be streamlining this process moving forward?” asked Drysdale.
Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier replied that “unharvested acreage claims are all but completed. Now those same inspectors can concentrate on the wildlife and pre-harvest inspections. Again, I ask every producer out there to keep in contact with AFSC. Whatever the options they so chose, make sure they contact AFSC to get the best option possible.”
Drsydale told the legislature that since it is now May and still too wet to seed a new crop, and with old crop still out, the situation is becoming a crisis.
“To the Minister of Agriculture, how are you helping farmers get through the set-backs from last year and that this year’s crop is still viable?”
Carlier says he has confidence in the AFSC programs and thinks producers feel the same way.
“We’re looking forward to that good weather and to ensure that we can get crops in the ground.”
After a meeting last week with four producer groups, AFSC was asked to reduce the number of inspections from four to two, not do some grain sampling and to write off crops that had rot or mold through the swath or had been standing but could not be picked up.