Numerous resources available for financial assistance

A farm business can experience financial pressures when market prices decline, a market ceases to exist, a disease reduces production, unexpected cost increases, or business arrangements fall apart.
Dealing with these pressures is a challenge!
The following is Part 1 of a list of resources available to assist people to assess a farm business, examine alternatives, deal with issues, and make decisions.
•Canadian Farm Business Advisory Services
The CFBAS provides a range of advisory services to help producers set goals for their business and develop plans to meet their goals.
One of these services is a Farm Business Assessment that provides eligible producers with up to five days’ worth of consultation services. This includes a financial assessment and action plan services.
The producer pays a nominal fee of $100.
The CFBAS can be reached at 1-866-452-5558 or at www.agr.gc.ca/renewal
•The Farm Line Support Service
The Farm Line is a confidential telephone emotional support and referral service provided to farmers and farm families in Ontario.
Trained telephone peer support staff talk to the caller, identify local resources, and help determine steps to address the caller’s needs.
A wide range of topics can be discussed, including financial difficulties, stress, grief, family problems, serious accidents, and traumatic events.
It can be reached at 1-888-451-2903 (Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.) or at www.thefarmline.ca
•Farm Debt Mediation Service
The Farm Debt Mediation Service provides insolvent farmers and their creditors with mediation services, pursuant to the federal Farm Debt Mediation Act and Regulations, to help them arrive at a mutually-satisfactory arrangement.
The service is a private, confidential, and economical alternative to the often costly, public, and drawn-out process of resolving insolvency disputes in the courts.
It can be reached at 1-866-452-5556 or at www.agr.gc.ca/index_e.php?s1=prog
•Advance Payments (APP) & Commodity Loan (CLP) Programs
Both programs are a source of financing administrated by the ACC Farmers’ Financial (ACC). The APP is available for eligible crops and livestock while the CLP is available for eligible crops only.
These can be reached at 1-888-278-8807 or at www.accfarmersfinancial.ca
•Canadian Agricultural Skills Service
CASS provides eligible farmers and their spouses with opportunities to access skills assessment and training with the goal of improving their farm profitability and net family income.
It can be reached at 1-877-830-0200 or at www.ontario.ca/cass
More resources in next week’s column.
< *c>Dates to remember
•Oct. 18 -20—Large animal clinic dates for Dr. Stacey Angus (call 1-204-326-3955 to book an appointment).

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