Praying it Won’t Hail, Protected in Case it Does

Monday, July 8, 2013

Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services and Manitoba’s Agricultural Services corporations provide free hail insurance to Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects

Everyone prays it won’t hail, but if it does Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects in Manitoba and Alberta are once again protected by free hail insurance.

The insurance is provided by Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) and the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), two government agencies that provide insurance and other services to farmers in those provinces.

“We are grateful once again for the hail insurance, which gives growing project organizers peace of mind,” says Harold Penner, Foodgrains Bank regional coordinator in Manitoba.

“We really appreciate the generous support,” says Terence Barg, regional coordinator for the northern part of Alberta. “It’s great to have this security in the event of bad weather.”

In Manitoba, MASC provides insurance at $200 per acre, an increase from the $175 an acre it provided a year ago. Twenty-six growing projects are covered.

In Alberta, AFSC is once again providing the first $80 per acre of hail insurance; 22 growing projects will benefit.

MASC has been providing hail insurance for Foodgrains Bank growing projects since 2009; AFSC has been doing the same thing since 2001.

If hail strikes a growing project—as it did last year at the Linden/Acme project in Alberta, the Central Alberta Canadian Foodgrains Bank project in Lacombe in 2009, and the SHARE growing project near Morden, Manitoba. in 2011—growing project organizers are still able to send a donation to the Foodgrains Bank.

“Farmers work hard to raise money for the Foodgrains Bank,” says Andre Visscher, who coordinates growing projects in the southern part of Alberta. “Support like this means all their efforts aren’t for naught if hail damages or destroys their crop.”

“We appreciate AFSC and MASC for providing this generous support,” adds Foodgrains Bank Executive Director Jim Cornelius. “It not only sets at ease the minds of farmers who raise money for the Foodgrains Bank, but it means we can help more people in the developing world who don’t have enough to eat.”

Through community growing projects, farmers come together to plant, tend and harvest a crop, donating the proceeds from the sale of the crop to the Foodgrains Bank. Last year over 200 growing projects and farmers across Canada donated 17,596 tonnes of grain worth $5.8 million to help people in the developing world who don’t have enough to eat.

Top image: A combine harvests the crop at the Linden/Acme project in 2007; free insurance enabled organizers to send a donation in 2012 after hail damaged the crop.