Eligibility tightened for wildlife compensation

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag rep, Emo

When the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program was launched last July, two new eligibility requirements for livestock and poultry producers were created in order to be eligible for compensation.
They are having a Premises ID number and a valid Farm Business Registration number.
After April 1, 2012, program applications missing these numbers will not receive compensation.
If you don’t have a valid Farm Business Registration and Premises ID number, apply now in order to be eligible for compensation under the updated program.
If you already have an FBR number, renewal packages typically are mailed to you in January.
If you are a new registrant, contact Agricorp at 1-866-327-3678 or via e-mail at fbr@agricorp.com
If you are unable to obtain/renew your FBR number because your gross farm income was less than $7,000, you may be able to obtain a “Gross Farm Income Exemption Certificate” if you are able to demonstrate that one of the following income exemptions applies:
•not a normal production year exemption;
•age/illness/death exemption; or
•start-up exemption
For more information about obtaining a Gross Farm Income Exemption Certificate, contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at 1-877-424-1300 or via e-mail at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Please note that producers with a religious exemption approved by the OMAFRA appeal tribunal will not be required to have an FBR number.
For instructions on how to obtain a Premises ID number, contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or via e-mail at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
To apply, you will need to properly identify one or more parcels of land.
The most accurate way to identify your land parcel(s) is to provide an Assessment Roll Number, which is the tax assessment roll number provided by the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. for every parcel of land.
Alternative means to identify your land parcel(s) include providing:
•GPS co-ordinates (longitude and latitude);
•municipal address(es); or
•lot, concession, township, and county information
Premises ID numbers cannot be assigned unless the land parcel(s) can be validated against official Ontario land registry information.
You do not need to own a parcel of land to apply for a Premises ID number.
When your premises information has been validated, you will be assigned one or more unique Premises ID number(s).
More information on the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program can be found at www.ontario.ca/predation

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