Producers interested in Crop Insurance coverage for the 2020 year now have an additional two weeks to finalize their contracts.
The federal and provincial governments announced on Monday that the deadline to apply, reinstate, cancel or make changes to Crop Insurance contracts has been extended to April 13.
Extending the Crop Insurance deadline gives producers more time to prepare and make decisions regarding all aspects of their business, including risk management.
“By offering Saskatchewan producers this extension, we are giving them the flexibility they need to get their job done in challenging times like these,” Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau stated in a press release.
“We understand the challenges producers faced over the last year including evolving situations like the COVID-19 pandemic that continue to add to these uncertainties,” added Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit.
Despite new guidelines concerning service delivery, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) continues to support Saskatchewan producers as the 2020 growing season approaches. Staff are available to assist producers by phone at 1-888-935-0000 or email at email@example.com.
Current customers can also use SCIC’s online application, CropConnect, available at www.scic.ca/cropconnect, to enter insurance selections, add or delete crops, change program options and choose coverage levels.
Crop Insurance is a Business Risk Management program supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.
Under Crop Insurance, premiums for most programs are shared 40 per cent by participating producers, 36 per cent by the Government of Canada and 24 per cent by the Government of Saskatchewan. Administrative expenses are fully funded by governments, 60 per cent by Canada and 40 per cent by Saskatchewan.