Program provides advance payments

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag rep, Emo

If you are in financial distress, you can apply to receive an advance on your estimated AgriStability payment before you complete your fiscal year using an Interim Payment Application.
To apply, you must:
•be in the second half of your fiscal year; and
•agree to meet all requirements for AgriStability, including submitting your application and tax forms after your year-end.
When Agricorp receives your Interim Payment Application, they will estimate your final AgriStability payment.
Your interim payment is half of your estimated payment.
After you complete your fiscal year, and submit your application and schedules and tax information, Agricorp will calculate your final payment and send you the difference.
If your interim payment was larger than your final AgriStability payment, you will have to repay the difference.
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The ABeCampus is an online resource for farm business management information offering self-paced courses in strategic business planning, marketing, human resources, succession planning, and more.
A survey is underway geared toward collecting information on the learning and online education preferences of those working in agriculture.
This feedback will be used to provide better-suited extension education products to farmers and producers.
As well, input will be collected to evaluate how the ABeCampus meets the needs of those in the agriculture industry.
Participants are asked to watch a short YouTube video touring the ABeCampus, followed by completing the online survey.
Those who do so have a chance to win an iPad.
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Over the past few months, I’ve been receiving an increasing number of inquiries from producers in southern Ontario looking to purchase farm property here in Rainy River District.
Some have been interested in establishing/moving beef operations and some in cropping operations.
A few of those interested purchasers already have made trips to the district to investigate properties.
I have a short list of properties that I know are available.
In order for me to have an up-to-date list to provide to potential purchasers, if you have a farm or farmland that might be for sale, contact me at 482-1921 or by e-mail at